Beyoncé Knowles (September 4, 1981) is an R&B singer, actress, and model. She started off in the girl group Destinys Child
, and soon became the Face of the Band
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 Jay-Z
, who would later become her husband and the father of her first child. The two of them try to keep their private lives secret, but it's clear that they love each other very much
She fronted the 2013 Super Bowl
halftime show with a reunited Destinys Child
. She also had the honor of performing the national anthem at President Barack Obama
's second inauguration. In the near future she is predicted to become Empress of Earth
...oh, right, and she also released her latest, Self-Titled Album
on December 13, 2013, with a video accompanying every
song, and no promotion whatsoever, causing the media and internet alike to collectively piss itself.
At almost any given time she is probably Tumblr
's resident Memetic Badass
, and she's certainly one of the biggest feminist icons of her time.
"Got me so crazy in tropes":
- Absolute Cleavage: She gets quite a lot of mileage out of this trope in her videos, such as the one for Deja Vu.
- Alter Ego Acting: Sasha Fierce...or could be a demon possessing her, according to some people.
- Audience Participation Song: 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.
- But Not Too Black: Often cited as a reason for her success. The trope's image also comes from a time when she was on the cover of L'Oréal, who took it too far.
- Distinct Double Album: 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.
- Dream Team:
- Her and Lady Gaga.
- Her and Shakira. Ironically, Shakira is not featured in the Spanish version of "Beautiful Liar", despite being a native Spanish speaker.
- Her and Andre 3000 on "Party". Who is not on the single version; replaced with a comparatively underwhelming verse by J Cole.
- Her and Drake on "Mine".
- And any time her and her hubby make a track together. Especially "03 Bonnie and Clyde" and "Crazy in Love".
- Drugs Are Bad: "Welcome to Hollywood" mentions the deaths of Marilyn Monroe, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, John Belushi and River Phoenix.
- Fan Disservice: Not from her, of course. But NFL star Warren Sapp once imitated her famous "booty dance" during a TD celebration. 300+ pound Defensive Tackle Warren Sapp.
- Genre Shift: The song Diva was more hip-hop/rap orientated than her usual pop/R and B style.
- Hotter and Sexier: 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.
- Intercourse with You: On her self-titled album. "Blow", for example, is just an ode to cunnilingus.
- Invisible Advertising: Although there had been word of a new album that was supposedly going to be released in 2013, there was no publicity or information (or even a title) for the album until it was released on iTunes at midnight on December 13, 2013. This was likely intentional, however.
- The Klutz: Since she performs and dances around in sky high heels and very elaborate costumes, it's become pretty common for her to trip and fall during concerts. There's one particularly spectacular tumble she took down the stairs on her stage, then asked the people in attendance to please not put the video on YouTube. (It didn't work.) To her credit, she usually jumps right back up and keeps singing without a hitch.
- Lady Land: She somewhat invoked this during her Super Bowl performance, with her dancers and backup band 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.
- Large Ham: Her choreography and on-stage persona are extremely flamboyant.
- Melismatic Vocals: This and her vibrato's make it easier to note her on the radio
- Me's a Crowd: Beyoncé loves having more than one of herself in a lot of her music videos.
- Mood Whiplash: 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.")
- Ms. Fanservice: She's the first musician to be on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue (2007 edition).
- Outrun the Fireball: At the end of the music video for Diva. Complete with Unflinching Walk.
- Pretty in Mink: Has worn loads of furs on stage and in her vids, and even her promise to stop to please PETA was short-lived.
- Product Placement: 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 clothing line.
- Real-Life Relative: Has done several songs with her husband Jay-Z, on both her albums and his.
- Retraux: Several songs on 4 have a very strong '80s dance-pop vibe.
- Shout-Out: The version of "Get Me Bodied" on the Deluxe Edition of B-Day mentions supermodel Naomi Campbell.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: All of her music being "Girl Power" anthems or having a "Men Suck, we're not just pieces of meat" theme, combined with Three Minutes of Writhing in tiny outfits on her videos. Also, when you hear a song called "Single Ladies" coming from Beyonce, your first thought is probably a song about the joys of being single like "Independent Women," not a song that basically says "MARRY ME, DAMMIT!"
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: See Face of the Band and taken Up to Eleven at the 2011 Video Music Awards.
- Streisand Effect: In 2013, her publicist motioned for BuzzFeed to remove some photos of her Super Bowl performance because they were "unflattering". They politely declined.
- Three Minutes of Writhing:
- The video for "Single Ladies".
- The videos for "Baby Boy", "Beautiful Liar" (with Shakira), "Crazy in Love", and "Drunk in Love" are this.
- The Unfair Sex:
- "If I Were a Boy" falls hard into this territory, enough so that R. Kelly made a remix of the song, adding in his own verses from the male perspective.
- "Irreplaceable". You have to wonder how it'd be received if a male artist referred to women as "replaceable" (and plenty of rappers do, presumably. None as high-profile as Beyoncé).
- Unlimited Wardrobe: Her video for "Party" has her wearing many different outfits. This applies to her concerts as well.
- Urban Legend: There is a very persistent one that her pregnancy was fake and she actually had a surrogate. People were convinced after a video of her on an Australian talk show showed her stomach supposedly "folding".
- Whole Costume Reference: