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->''"Beyoncé's good at describing how she's awesome, or destroying some inferior specimen of a man."''
-->-- '''WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows'''

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter (born September 4, 1981), better known as Beyoncé, is an R&B singer, actress, and model. She started off in the girl group Music/DestinysChild, and soon became the FaceOfTheBand.

In 2002, she started a solo career (mostly collaborations with rappers but without the other girls), and got her first big hit a year later, "Crazy in Love". Since then, almost every song she's sung has made it to the top of the charts. "Crazy in Love" featured Music/JayZ, who would later become her husband and the father of her three children. The two of them try to keep their private lives secret, but it's clear that [[HappilyMarried they love each other very much]].

She fronted the 2013 UsefulNotes/SuperBowl halftime show with a reunited Music/DestinysChild. She also had the honor of performing the national anthem at President UsefulNotes/BarackObama's second inauguration. In the near future she is predicted to become [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Empress of Earth]].

In 2013, she released a SelfTitledAlbum with a new SouthernRap sound and a video accompanying ''every'' song with zero promotion whatsoever, a nearly unprecedented move that caused the media and internet alike to collectively piss itself. Two years later on April 23, 2016, she dropped her sixth album ''Lemonade'', another rap album -- but this time, she promoted its release with a short film that premiered on Creator/{{HBO}}, giving only a week's notice ahead.

At almost any given time she is probably Website/{{Tumblr}}'s resident MemeticBadass, and she's certainly one of the biggest pop-culture feminist icons of her time.

* ''Dangerously in Love'' (2003)
* ''B'Day'' (2006)
* ''[[ConceptAlbum I Am... Sasha Fierce]]'' (2008)
* ''4'' (2011)
* ''[[SelfTitledAlbum Beyoncé]]'' (2013)
* ''Music/{{Lemonade}}'' (2016)

'''Selected Filmography'''
* ''[[MadeForTVMovie Carmen: A Hip Hopera]]'' (2001) -- Carmen
* ''Film/AustinPowersInGoldmember'' (2002) -- Foxxy Cleopatra
* ''The Fighting Temptations'' (2003) -- Lilly
* ''[[Film/ThePinkPanther2006 The Pink Panther]]'' (2006) -- Xaina
* ''Theatre/{{Dreamgirls}}'' (2006) -- Deena Jones
* ''Cadillac Records'' (2008) -- Etta James
* ''Film/{{Obsessed}}'' (2009) -- Sharon Charles

!!! "Got me so crazy in tropes":
* AbsoluteCleavage: She gets quite a lot of mileage out of this trope in her videos, such as the one for Deja Vu.
* AlterEgoActing: Sasha Fierce, who was created prior to the filming of "Crazy in Love" as a way to let her wild side out.
* AnimalMotif: Bees. More a result of Beyonce's fans referring to Beyonce as Queen Bey and themselves as the "Beyhive" than anything Beyonce's done herself.
* AudienceParticipationSong: During her 2011 appearance at Glastonbury, she points her microphone towards the audience to help her start off "Irreplaceable". The audience did her one better and sang the entire first half of the song back to her. This happened before on her "I AM... World Tour" when the audience sang all of the first verse of "Irreplaceable" back to her.
* AutoErotica: "Partition" is about having sex in the back of a limousine. See IntercourseWithYou below.
* BewareTheNiceOnes:
** In the one hour visual special that came with Lemonade's release, Beyonce is seen singing ''Hold Up'' whilst smiling and skipping through the streets in a beautiful yellow gown until she takes a bat and proceeds to bust up everything in sight--cars, shop windows, fire hydrants, even the cameraman! [[TranquilFury All with a smile on her face.]] And that's only before she gets into the monster truck...uh-oh.
** The segment for ''Don't Hurt Yourself'' in the Lemonade special shows Beyonce getting frighteningly angry as she sings about getting cheated on and [[DontMakeMeDestroyYou warning her lover not to do it again]][[note]]whilst Beyonce hasn't even clarified who she's singing about, it's presumed that she's singing about her husband Jay-Z or her father, Matthew Knowles[[/note]], coupled with a montage of Beyonce angrily confronting the camera, Beyonce in a white wedding dress glaring with a wall of fire behind her, and even [[CameraAbuse throwing a ring at the camera!]]
** ''Sorry'' marked the beginning of her "Apathy" chapter in the Lemonade special and the song lyrics show Beyonce just really didn't give a damn, going as far as to tell her cheating lover to "suck on [her] balls" because "[she's] had enough".
* ButNotTooBlack: Often cited as a reason for her success. The trope's image also comes from a time when she was the face of L'Oréal, who took it too far.
* ClusterFBomb: In earlier songs, those on B'Day and 4, she used "nigga(s)" in censored versions of "Irreplaceable" and "Run The World (Girls)". Later, she began to move in this direction with ''Beyoncé'' and fully hit it on ''Lemonade''. Beyoncé says "fuck", "shit", "bitch", "[[NWordPrivileges nigga]]", "ass", "ho", "thot", "dick" and "balls", many times throughout the album, especially "fuck". For instance:
--> ''[[MsFanservice YOU CAN WATCH MAH FAT ASS TWIST, BOY!]]''
* DarkerAndEdgier: Despite the happy ending to the album, Lemonade is her darkest and most mature album to date, being that it tells personal stories of betrayal, strained relationships, anger, jealousy and loss.
* DistinctDoubleAlbum: ''I Am...Sasha Fierce.'' The I Am... disc being filled with introspective ballads and Sasha Fierce seeing Beyonce's signature R&B/Pop style complete with a new persona, Sasha Fierce.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Depicted in the 7/11 music video where she's dancing barefoot and uses her foot as phone dial and screams "I know you care!".
%%* DoubleStandard: Beyonce; is often criticized especially on this very wiki for "If I Were A Boy" being misandristic.
* DreamTeam:
** Her and Music/LadyGaga for "Telephone".
** Her and Music/{{Shakira}}. Ironically, Shakira is not featured in the Spanish version of "Beautiful Liar", despite being a native Spanish speaker.
** Her and [[Music/{{OutKast}} Andre 3000]] on "Party". Who is not on the single version; replaced by {{J Cole}}.
** Her and Music/{{Drake}} on "Mine".
** And any time her and [[Music/JayZ her hubby]] make a track together. Especially "Upgrade U", "03 Bonnie and Clyde", "Crazy in Love", "On The Run (Part II)" and most recently, "Drunk in Love".
** Her and Music/NickiMinaj on the official remix of ***Flawless from her Self-Titled Album.
** With the release of Lemonade, we get collaborations with Music/TheWeeknd, Music/KendrickLamar, and ''even [[Music/TheWhiteStripes Jack White.]]''
** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jkygJ_QNo Pepsi commercial]] where she, Music/BritneySpears, and Music/{{Pink}} were Roman gladiators and overthrew Music/EnriqueIglesias with the power of Music/{{Queen}}'s "We Will Rock You".
** The Music/DixieChicks joined her for a performance of "Daddy Lessons" at the 2016 CMA Awards, especially since the Dixie Chicks covered the song on tour and are big fans of her.
* DrugsAreBad: "Welcome to Hollywood" mentions the deaths of Creator/MarilynMonroe, Music/JanisJoplin, Music/JimiHendrix, [[Music/TheDoors Jim Morrison]], Creator/JohnBelushi and Creator/RiverPhoenix.
* GenuineHumanHide: In the Anger section of Lemonade:
--> If it's what you truly want ... I can wear her skin over mine. Her hair over mine. Her hands as gloves. Her teeth as confetti. Her scalp, a cap. Her sternum, my bedazzled cane. We can pose for a photograph, all three of us. Immortalized ... you and your perfect girl.
* GenreShift: Her earlier songs, such as "Freakum Dress" and "Green Light" were more funk and rock than her other typical genres. The song ''Diva'' was more hip-hop/rap orientated than her usual pop/R and B style. A further shift occurred with the albums "4" where she played around with classic R&B-esque songs and poppier, louder sounds. Even more so on her self-titled album "Beyoncé" with almost all of the songs. With Lemonade, Beyonce shifts through certain genres such as Southern Rap, Trap, and even Country Blues.
* HotterAndSexier: Her self-titled album is this undoubtedly, with lines like "Can you lick my Skittles?" and "He Monica Lewinsky'd all over my gown". This connects to the feminist theme of the album, focusing on the sexual liberation of women.
* ICallHimMisterHappy: In "Kitty Kat", she is clearly addressing her vagina Little Kitty Kat.
* IntercourseWithYou: On her self-titled album. "Blow", for example, is just an ode to cunnilingus, and "Rocket" is an even less subtle request for good old sex. "Partition" and "Drunk in Love" count too.
* LadyLand: She somewhat invoked this during her Super Bowl performance, with her dancers and backup band, (known as Suga Mamas, after a song on her album "B'Day") being solely female. She said she got the idea to do it during rehearsals... then had to delicately break it to the male members of her band.
** Her Visual special to go with the release of Lemonade was more or less a celebration of black women, even going as far as to use snippets from a UsefulNotes/MalcolmX speech that talked about how the most disrespected person in America is the black woman, with cameos from Serena Williams, the mothers of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, Creator/AmandlaStenberg, Creator/ZendayaColeman, Quvenzhane Wallis, and even her own daughter Blue Ivy.
* LargeHam: Her choreography and on-stage persona are ''extremely'' flamboyant. With the songs "Diva", "Upgrade U" and "***Flawless", her self-confidence shines through.
* LoonyFan: Not her directly, but she has some fans who flip out when people say negative things about her. Some of them even go as far as to compare her to God.
* MelismaticVocals: This, her belting and her vibrato's make it easier to note her on the radio, as she's one of the only pop stars who can still do it consistently today, even after almost 20 years in the business.
* MesACrowd: Shown in her older "I AM..." era videos with "Sweet Dreams" and "Video Phone".
* MoodWhiplash: Not really with her music, but more with her videos, with her first solo album, most of her videos were rather fast-paced, elaborate, bright, and colorful (Look at "Crazy in Love.") Now, she's done a lot of video that are very simple (usually her and a couple of dancers in black and white ("Single Ladies.") More recently though, her videos have taken on a different more "artsy" and experimental aesthetic. With the punk look of "***Flawless", the 80's vibe of "Blow" and even the retro-glam and nostalgic look of "Grown Woman".
** Her segment for ''Hold Up'' from her visual special for Lemonade. It's a sunny day, people are smiling, kids are playing and Beyonce, dressed in a beautiful yellow couture gown, is skipping down the street and [[LyricalDissonance singing about feelings of denial regarding her cheating lover.]] Soon, she's smashing things with a bat and driving a monster truck down said street whilst things blow up in the background.
* MsFanservice: She's the first musician to be on the cover of the ''Magazine/SportsIllustrated'' Swimsuit Issue (2007 edition). Her videos can be seen as examples of this as well.
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Beyoncé'' is, surprisingly, a HipHop album where Beyoncé raps as much as she sings something continued further with ''Lemonade'', a hardcore SouthernRap album.
* TheOner: The "Single Ladies" video. Just her and two other dancers in a studio, one DeliberatelyMonochrome continuous shot of them dancing around. Iconic enough to win her the MTV Video Of The Year VMA in 2009.
* OutrunTheFireball: At the end of the music video for ''Diva''. Complete with UnflinchingWalk.
* ParodySue: Her status as TheAce has turned her into this on the internet.
* PietaPlagiarism: [[http://i.imgur.com/RX6RC4t.jpg In the "Mine" video.]]
* PrettyInMink: Has worn loads of furs in her vids, and even her promise to stop to please PETA was short-lived. "[[Music/KanyeWest Tell PETA my mink is dragging on the floor!]]".
* ProductPlacement: The version of "Get Me Bodied" on the Deluxe Edition of ''[=B-Day=]'' includes the line, "Shake your derriere in your [=Dereon=]," which is her mother's clothing line. In the lyrics of "Upgrade U": "Audermars Piget watch (Swiss watch company)... Cartier top clips...Purple labels...Hermes briefcase". "Sippin' Cuervo with no chaser." from "Formation".
* {{Retraux}}: "Schoolin' Life" of the deluxe "4" album has a very 80's dance/funk pop vibe. The song "Blow" from her eponymous album has an 80's vibe as well. "Why Don't You Love Me" from the deluxe version of "I AM... Sasha Fierce". "Sandcastles" from "Lemonade" is reminiscent of Donny Hathaway's version of "A Song For You".
* RhymingWithItself:
** [[DrinkingGame Take a sip]] every time "7/11" does this.
** [[DrinkingGame Take a sip]] every time she rhymes "yourself" with "yourself" in ''Don't Hurt Yourself''.
* ShootingLessonsFromYourParents: The song "Daddy Lessons" is a recounting of everything Beyonce learned from her father, including how to shoot.
* ShoutOut:
** The version of "Get Me Bodied" on the Deluxe Edition of ''[=B-Day=]'' mentions [=supermodel=] Naomi Campbell.
** ''Hold Up'' references Maps by Music/YeahYeahYeahs and even Music/SouljaBoy, of all people.
* SouthernGothic: Much of the imagery in ''Lemonade'' falls into this.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: See FaceOfTheBand and taken UpToEleven at the 2011 Video Music Awards.
* StuffBlowingUp: The "Hold Up" video has her destroying things and blowing up behind her. "6 Inch" has a house lighting up in flames as she walks out.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Her video for "Party" has her wearing many different outfits. This applies to her concerts as well. Her video for "Countdown".
* UrbanLegend: There is a very persistent one that her pregnancy was fake and she actually had a surrogate. People were convinced after a [[http://www.tmz.com/2011/10/11/beyonce-stomach-video-fake-pregnancy-pregnant-jay-z-australian-talk-show-fold-in-bump-coverup-rumors-collapses-inward/ video]] of her on an Australian talk show showed her stomach supposedly "folding". This was disproven in her visual special for Lemonade. Towards the end, in a montage of happy moments in Beyonce's life, there's a webcam video of Beyonce smiling while revealing her and very much pregnant stomach.
* WholeCostumeReference:
** The [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-g4CopfZRDxE/TpHhBd_XwXI/AAAAAAAACS4/GSmxf_SnU3o/s1600/Beyonce-Countdown-video-60s-beatnik-style.jpg outfit and hair cut]] from ''Countdown'' are based on Creator/AudreyHepburn[='s=] most famous outfit from the film ''Film/FunnyFace''.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eY_mrU8MPfI Ring The Alarm]] has her dressed as Catherine Tramell from ''Film/BasicInstinct''.
* YourCheatingHeart:
** "Irreplaceable" is about kicking out a cheating boyfriend for lavishing gifts bought for him on his other girlfriend.
** The over-arching theme of ''Lemonade'' is learning about your partner's infidelities, and experiencing the stages of emotional distress and anger from the revelation. The visual album shown on HBO further emphasizes the lyrics, with Warsan Shire's poetry about heartbreak interspersed between the songs.