Beyonce On Top
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, professionally known as Beyoncé (born September 4, 1981), is an American singer, songwriter and actress who hails from Houston, Texas. As a mark of her popularity, Beyonce has well over 100 million Instagram followers, in the top five worldwide.
Beyonce was the lead singer of R&B girl-group Destiny's Child, orchestrated and managed by her father Mathew Knowles. She graduated to becoming a top solo artist who can fill a stadium on her own with ease.
Beyonce has released six studio albums on her own, with more undoubtedly on the way.
Her successful performance with Destiny's Child at the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show, held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, garnered three Emmy nominations.
Recent album "Lemonade" was a big hit, though whether sales reach the heights of her earlier efforts remains to be seen.
A huge stadium tour followed. Beyonce is at the height of her fame, and enjoying every moment of it with her baby daddy, Jay-Z.
One of Beyonce's lesser-known talents is that she is a runway model. She first walked for Tom Ford's Spring/Summer 2011 fashion show.
Beyonce also is a philanthropist. She supports Miss a Meal", a food-donation campaign, and has supported the Goodwill charity through online charity auctions at Charitybuzz. In this way, Beyonce supports job creation throughout Europe and the U.S. In December 2016, Beyoncé became the Most Charitable Celebrity of the year.
Beyonce has received many accolades for her beauty. Among other honors, she was named "World's Most Beautiful Woman" by People Magazine.
GQ gave Beyonce the top spot in its "100 Sexiest Women of the 21st Century" in its January 2013 edition. Since the century was only a dozen years old at the time, that might be a bit premature, but it's a high honor nonetheless.
Madame Tussauds Wax Museums have likenesses of Beyonce in their venues around the world.
Just like Lady Gaga has her "Little Monsters," Beyonce has her "BeyHive" and "The Beyontourage."
Beyonce has a clothing line, House of Deréon, which she introduced with her mother, Tina Knowles. is not always strictly politically correct with her fashion line. For instance, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) criticized her for wearing and using fur.
Beyonce is slightly controversial in other areas, too. For instance, the media criticized her for appearing on a 2011 cover of French fashion magazine L'Officiel, in blackface and tribal makeup. The magazine claimed that it was intended as a tribute to her "African Roots."
People regularly accuse those who publish photos of Beyonce of lightening her skin tone to make her appear more "white." Beyonce herself has joined these criticisms at time.
One of Beyonce's nicknames is "Sasha Fierce," which was conceived during the making of album "Crazy in Love" and later used on her album "I Am... Sasha Fierce." Apparently, Sasha Fierce was intended to serve as a reference to her aggressive on-stage persona, as opposed to her more normal real-life one. The nickname has somewhat fallen into disuse, and Beyonce herself told Allure magazine that she no longer felt that she needed it. However, it does come back in use from time to time.
Beyonce has won the Pop Songwriter of the Year award at the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers Pop Music Awards. She has songwriting credits on much of her back catalog, including songs that she recorded with Destiny's Child.
However, not everyone is a fan of Beyonce's songwriting practices. For instance, during a Reddit interview, legendary songwriter Linda Perry has accused Beyonce of requiring songwriting credits in exchange for singing the song at all. This is a lucrative maneuver, as the songwriter(s) get a major share of a song's income:
[S]ome of these artists believe if it wasn't for them your song would never get out there so they take a cut just because they are who they are.Specifically, the rap against Beyonce is that she will require songwriting credit for changing as little as one word on a song before she sings it. Perry added:
but everyone knows the real truth even Beyonce. She is talented but in a completely different way.Apparently, this is a somewhat common practice in the pop world, with artists who make a song popular requiring the additional cash flows from the songwriting credit. The only people who really care are songwriters who see their own contribution (and cash flow) diminished by the practice... songwriters like Linda Perry. It must be said, one must be legendary like Linda Perry to have the stones to take on a global celebrity like Beyonce Knowles on such a sensitive topic.
Who I am on stage is very, very different to who I am in real life. But I don't see that having a sexy image when you are on stage means that you don't love God. No one knows what I'm really like from that. I like to walk around with bare feet and I don't like to comb my hair. I'm always so glammed up and so diva on stage and that's what they see. People don't understand that... No one knows my personal relationship with God and it's not up to me to prove that to anyone.
One of the things that kept me out of trouble was doing something creative - creativity can't be judged.
I'm like everyone else. I have days when I look in the mirror and I'm like "Oh my gosh, I wish I could change this or that." The more you mature, you realize that this imperfections make your more beautiful.
If you live your life with kindness and give other people great energy, that beauty and great energy come back to you.
Who's Led Zeppelin?
I don't like to gamble, but if there's one thing I'm willing to bet on, it's myself.
Not everyone is supposed to be the same. Be healthy and take care of yourself - and be happy with the beautiful things that made you.
If I weren't performing, I'd be a beauty editor or a therapist. I love creativity, but I also love to help others. My mother was a hairstylist, and they listen to everyone's problems - like a beauty therapist!
Well, you know, I grew up going to church, but I was raised by my uncle who passed away with AIDS a couple of years ago. He was my mother's best friend. And my mother's cousin. He brought me to school every day. He helped me buy my prom dress. He made my clothes with my mother. He was like my nanny. He was my favorite person in the world. And you know, I never really mixed Christianity with how I felt about him. I am about faith and spirituality more so than religion. Doing right by others and not judging.
Beyonce commented on the demise of Destiny's Child:
Not because one person wants to go solo. Or not because we don't like each other. Or because we're not selling records anymore. But because it has to end at a certain point.
Beyonce made the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, the only non-supermodel to achieve that feat.