Happy birthday to Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter who turns 34 years old today -- bow down, b*tches!
She's modern-day American royalty and we should all worship her. Let's start with Bey's untouchable fashion game which was solidified at the Met Gala this year when she wore that jaw-dropping sheer Givenchy gown with the perfect high ponytail. She's been dancing in heels since she was 13 years old. Her moves are legendary and she always dances on beat. Her clique is the baddest with a friend list that includes: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Michelle Obama, Rihanna, Gwyenth Paltrow, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. Not to mention, her feminist sensibilities and Southern charm (H-Town!).
The magic began in 1990 when Mathew Knowles put together Destiny's Child, which would go on to be one of the top-three selling girl groups of all time. In 2003 Beyoncé made her solo debut with her first single "Crazy In Love." An icon was born before our eyes when her first album, "Dangerously In Love" debuted at no. 1. A trend began, and her follow-up efforts "B-Day" and "I Am... Sasha Fierce" also claimed the no. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart.
But it wasn't until she took control of her career and created Parkwood Entertainment in 2008 that Beyoncé began to separate herself from the pack of other influential R&B singers. From her record-breaking, self-titled surprise album, to visually declaring herself a feminist on the VMAs stage, to her humanitarian efforts with her organization BeyGood -- Beyoncé is truly in a league of her own.
In honor of the Creole goddess, we decided to share 10 reasons why she runs the world. We're all so unworthy.
1. She reminded the world who's really the boss (hint: not men).
Bey's 2011 Billboard Music Awards performance was her first time performing her fourth album's lead single "Run The World (Girls)" live -- and it was nothing short of pure on-stage slayage. The first two minutes of her performance featured Bey dancing alongside a computer graphic version of herself, and she stayed on beat the entire time (no surprise, she's always on beat -- see number eight). She closed the performance with a stage full of female dancers as she sang out: "Who run the world?" In the HBO documentary "Life Is But a Dream" she revealed that she was pregnant during this performance. It's all too much.
2. She's a humanitarian and makes time for the causes she cares about most.
Even during a dizzyingly busy 2011, Bey found the time to help FLOTUS with her Let's Move! initiative through her “Move Your Body” video. The song, produced by Swizz Beatz, is a remixed version of her hit single "Get Me Bodied," and features dozens of middle school kids dancing with her as she does the "Dougie" and other popular dances. With BeyGood she has made humanitarian mission trips to Haiti and fed those in need during the holidays and through Chime for Change, where she's co-founder, she has donated money to the charities she's passionate about like Girls for Gender Equity.
3. "The Beyoncé Bowl." (You know what we're talking about.)
America's most-loved and watched sporting event was renamed after Bey in 2013 -- OK, not really. But there are certainly a lot of Bey fans who probably couldn't tell you which teams played in the Super Bowl XLVII, where Queen B. had the honor of performing during the halftime show. Destiny's Child was reunited (!!!!!) and who can forget the nearly 34-minute power outage that halted the Super Bowl? Was her performance the cause? We'd like to think so.
4. She created an epic anthem for empowered, unattached women.
"Single Ladies" spent four weeks at no. 1 and the famous dance routine from the video spawned parodies from The Chipettes and Joe Jonas. The most famous remake probably came from Saturday Night Live, in a sketch featuring Justin Timberlake, Andy Samberg, Paul Rudd and, of course, Beyoncé herself.
"Out of all my videos, it was the least expensive and took the least amount of time." she told Billboard in 2009. "And it ended up being the most iconic. I absolutely didn't expect that -- I don't think anyone did."
5. "Bootylicious" is in the dictionary.
Before the words "selfie" and "emoji" were officially recognized, Beyoncé contributed a word to the English lexicon. In 2001, Destiny's Child's single "Bootylicious" became so popular that the term was added to the Oxford English Dictionary.
6. Three words: Surprise visual album.
December 13, 2013 will forever be remembered as the day Beyoncé released a visual album, something completely unheard of before that point. For every track on her album, there was an accompanying video (including a bonus video for "Grown Woman"). The album broke U.S. iTunes record sales, selling 617,000 copies in three days. There was no prior press for the album and zero warning to the public. The night "Beyoncé" was released online the music landscape was forever changed. Where were you when Queen Bey dropped her surprise album?
7. She helped bring the feminist movement into the mainstream.
When Bey declared she was a feminist in 2013, she put the world on notice. And her 2014 VMA performance brought feminism into the homes of millions of viewers. During her performance, she schooled us all on the meaning of the word by playing a clip featured in "Flawless" from a TED Talk by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. In case you don't remember, a feminist is a "person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes."
8. When she dances, she's always on beat.
Beyoncé's dancing skills are legendary, and she's known for always dancing in heels. So when #BeyonceAlwaysOnBeat began trending on social media over Memorial Day weekend this year, her longtime fans were not surprised. The Internet was crawling with short videos made by fans of the diva dancing to songs by Fall Out Boy or house mixes of popular songs or "Get Low," and somehow she was dancing on beat every time. Is there anything she can't do?
9. She's a grown woman and can do whatever she wants.
Lest you forgot, the track "Grown Woman" serves as a reminder to all her haters that she is grown. Ultimately, the song is an ode to adulthood and a modern-day version of Janet Jackson's "Control."
10. Her family keeps her grounded in her Southern roots and values.
Thanks must go out to Bey's mother, Mrs. Tina Knowles Lawson, for giving birth to an icon and for sharing her with millions.
We love you Beyoncé, Solange, Mrs. Tina Knowles Lawson, Blue Ivy, Jay Z and rest of the family! Most importantly, we really, really love this picture below from Solange's wedding. #FamilyGoals
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