Music / Beyoncé

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"Beyoncé's good at describing how she's awesome, or destroying some inferior specimen of a man."
Todd in the Shadows

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter (September 4, 1981), better known as Beyoncé, is an R&B singer, actress, and model. She started off in the girl group Destiny's 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 Destiny's 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.

In 2013, she released a Self-Titled Album with a new Southern Rap 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 HBO, giving only a week's notice ahead.

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.


Discography:

Selected Filmography


"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.
  • Auto Erotica: "Partition" is about having sex in the back of a limousine. See Intercourse with You below.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • 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! 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 warning her lover not to do it againnote , 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 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".
  • 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.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: 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", "nigga", "ass", "ho", "thot", "dick" and "balls", many times throughout the album, especially "fuck". For instance:
    "WHO DA FUCK DO YOU THINK I IS?!
    YOU AIN'T MARRIED TO NO AVERAGE BITCH, BOY!
    AS I MOVE ON TO THE NEXT DICK BOY!
    TONIGHT I'M FUCKIN' UP ALL YO' SHIT, BOY!"
  • Darker and Edgier: 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.
  • 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.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: 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!".
  • 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", "On The Run (Part II)" and most recently, "Drunk in Love".
    • Her and Nicki Minaj on the official remix of ***Flawless from her Self-Titled Album.
    • With the release of Lemonade, we get collaborations with The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar, and even Jack White.
  • Drugs Are Bad: "Welcome to Hollywood" mentions the deaths of Marilyn Monroe, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, John Belushi and River Phoenix.
  • Genre Shift: 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.
  • 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 "Mr. 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. "Partition" and "Drunk in Love" count too.
  • 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.
    • During her performance at the 2016 Super Bowl, she visibly almost falls over but leaps right back and continues the choreography. Fans on Twitter who noticed the half-count of a mistake used this example to meme and further prove her greatness.
  • Lady Land: 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 Malcolm X 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, Amandla Stenberg, Zendaya Coleman, Quvenzhane Wallis, and even her own daughter Blue Ivy.
  • Large Ham: Her choreography and on-stage persona are extremely flamboyant. With the songs "Diva", "Upgrade U" and "***Flawless", her self-confidence shines through.
  • Melismatic Vocals: 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.
  • 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".
    • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • New Sound Album: Beyoncé" is, surprisingly, a Hip-Hop album where Beyoncé raps as much as she sings something continued further with Lemonade'', a hardcore Southern Rap album.
  • 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.
  • Parody Sue: Her status as The Ace has turned her into this on the internet.
  • Pietŕ Plagiarism: In the "Mine" video.
  • Pretty in Mink: Has worn loads of furs 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 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".
  • Rhyming with Itself: Take a sip every time "7/11" does this.
    • Take a sip every time she rhymes "yourself" with "yourself" in Don't Hurt Yourself.
  • Shout-Out: The version of "Get Me Bodied" on the Deluxe Edition of B-Day mentions supermodel Naomi Campbell.
  • Southern Gothic: Much of the imagery in Lemonade falls into this.
  • 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. Her video for "Countdown".
  • 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".
    • 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.
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Alternative Title(s): Beyonce

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