Pictured: Beyoncé onstage during her co-headlined "On the Run Tour"
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter (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 pop-culture 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, who was created prior to the filming of "Crazy in Love" as a way to let her wild side out.
- 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. This happened before on her "I AM... World Tour" when the audience sang all of the first verse of "Irreplaceable" 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 "Upgrade U", "03 Bonnie and Clyde", "Crazy in Love" and most recently, "Drunk in Love".
- Her and Nicki Minaj on the official remix of ***Flawless from her Self-Titled Album.
- 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. 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.
- 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.
- I Call Him "Mister Happy": In "Kitty Kat", she is clearly addressing her vagina Little Kitty Kat.
- Intercourse with You: 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.
- The Klutz: Since she performs and dances around in sky high heels and very elaborate costumes, she's been known to fall at least a couple of times. 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, (known as Suga Mama, 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.
- Large Ham: Her choreography and on-stage persona are extremely flamboyant. With the songs "Diva" and "***Flawless", her self-confidence shines through.
- Melismatic Vocals: This 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.
- Me's a Crowd: Shown in her older "I AM..." era videos with "Sweet Dreams" and "Video Phone".
- 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.") 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".
- Ms. Fanservice: She's the first musician to be on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue (2007 edition). Her videos can be seen as examples of this as well.
- The Oner: The "Single Ladies" video. Just her and two other dancers in a studio, one Deliberately Monochrome continuous shot of them dancing around. Iconic enough to win her the MTV Video Of The Year VMA in 2009.
- Outrun the Fireball: At the end of the music video for Diva. Complete with Unflinching Walk.
- Pietà Plagiarism: In the "Mine" video.◊
- 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. "Tell PETA my mink is dragging on the floor!".
- 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. In the lyrics of "Upgrade U": "Audermars Piget watch (Swiss watch company)... Cartier top clips..."
- Retraux: "Schoolin' Life" of the deluxe "4" album has a very 80's dance pop vibe. The song "Blow" from her eponymous album has an 80's vibe as well.
- Shout-Out: The version of "Get Me Bodied" on the Deluxe Edition of B-Day mentions supermodel Naomi Campbell.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: See Face of the Band and taken Up to Eleven at the 2011 Video Music Awards.
- 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: