Beyoncé Giselle Knowles, Miss 3rd Ward, Mrs. Carter, Queen Bey, Mum, Sister, Daughter, Auntie. Beyoncé goes by many names to many different people. With each title a great love and respect reside. Beyoncé, to me as a huge fan, is someone who I look up to in so many different ways, from her performances, to her socially aware ever evolving music, to the way she handles her many business endeavours. Beyoncé to many, means so much more.
Beyoncé has been in the industry for 20 years and has accomplished everything a artist can do in their career, yet she’s only just turned 35. Here is a little break down of what Beyoncé already has on her CV:
- Beyoncé has won 20 Grammys, becoming one of the most awarded artists ever.
- She is the most awarded artist in VMA history at 24 wins.
- She has headlined the Superbowl.. Twice. In the space of 3 years. Insane.
- 6 consistent #1 albums on the Billboard 200 album chart.
- She’s won the VMA Vanguard Award.
- She was part of one of the most successful girl groups of all time, Destiny’s Child.
- Her tours are some of the highest grossing tours ever, with The Formation Tour grossing over $256 million from just 49 dates.
As you can see, Beyoncé has done a lot. However, even with all these accolades, people still question Beyoncé’s ‘legend’ status. What I say every single time is, go see a Beyoncé concert. All the questions you have will be answered. I’ve seen Beyoncé over 5 times in concert, and every single time, she has improved her artistry, her production, and the way she evolves her older songs to a new audience.
But in July this year, I went to see Beyoncé at her sold out Wembley Stadium show (that had a total audience of nearly 90,000 people) and my view of Beyoncé changed from deeply admiring to downright thanking God that the world has someone like this right now.
I sincerely believe that Beyoncé is the best living entertainer. A lot of people label her as overrated, boring, and even stupid—yet every album has given people a completely different sound, feel, and definition of the word ‘era’, as every album is a moment in time. Her latest album ‘Lemonade’ is my personal favourite; the theme and the contrasting musicality that is moulded together perfectly as one album is incredible. I am gobsmacked at how with everyone album, tour, and visual, Beyoncé grows as an artist and further stamps her place in the history of music and pop culture.
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