Updated: Mar 22, 2021 10:04:30 a.m.
“As artists, it’s our job to reflect the time, and it’s been such a difficult time,” said Beyonce, after accepting her 28th Grammy outside Staples Center this week, breaking the record for the Most Grammys Won by Female Artist. She is now tied with legendary record producer Quincy Jones for most wins by any artist.
Beyonce’s price came for Black parade, a piece of Black is king – his visual album inspired by the Lion King. The hugely political song that was dropped on June 19 – the annual party commemorating the end of slavery in America – centers around the Black Lives Matter protests and came about in the wake of George Floyd’s death. ‘Rubber bullets bounce off me / I made a picket sign on your fence, Sing Beyonce. The day she released the song, Beyonce also started the Black Business Impact Fund to help small, community-owned businesses. The proceeds of the song went to this fund. She wrote on Instagram: “Being black is your activism. Black excellence is a form of protest. Black joy is your right.
Beyonce, at this point, is at the peak of her success – in popularity and net worth, the rumored $ 400 million. She is called “Queen Bey” by her fans and has a three-decade career that has changed the direction of pop music. And it goes beyond hair, makeup, and brilliant music. She is one of the most important cultural icons of our time, a cult figure who has spoken for a generation. A look at why Beyonce is “the most powerful woman in music” and the undisputed queen of pop.
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His musical evolution
From her days on Destiny’s Child, one of the greatest threesomes of all time, Beyonce seemed destined for bigger things. The band were refreshing, full of uplifting song lyrics, and presented us with a fabulous all-female R&B line-up. It was a breath of fresh air amid the shallow bubblegum pop of the ’90s. Although Beyonce has always been categorized as’ pop’, her music mixes genres and encompasses R&B, rock, country. , hip hop and blues. Another interesting aspect of Beyonce’s music is that her live shows are not just a spectacle, they are an example of precision. Since 2003, when she ventured out as a solo artist, Beyonce has released six studio albums, five live albums, three compilation albums and a soundtrack. To embrace her femininity in her early days, Dangerously in love, which launched her into stardom, to her subsequent albums as Lemonade (2016), where she looked inside and pointed out infidelity, Beyonce (2013) who celebrated her marriage and her sexuality and her recent Black is king (2019) with African traditions and sounds in place, its evolution is remarkable.
Beyonce, at this point, is an African-American celebrity at the top of her game, when issues of the basic civil rights of African Americans in the United States are brought up, and when Meghan Markle speaks not to be treated well because of race. Through her music, she spares no effort to highlight what is happening. For 20 years, the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California has witnessed Coachella, a space where festival-goers flock from all over the world. But for 19 of those 20 years, the Coachella headliner was never a black artist. And that’s what made Coachella 2018, the 20th edition, special. He had Beyonce running the business, which turned her concerts (two over two weekends) into a sort of cultural revolution. She educated those who attended, in black identity and celebrated black expression.
But the shift to showcasing and celebrating black identity came in 2016 when she performed her song. Training at halftime of the Super Bowl and sang his “Negro Nose”. She referred to the police shootings. Black pride was also there earlier, it became more celebrated in the following years. In Black is king, she says, ‘May black be synonymous with glory ‘ and ‘Be larger than the picture they framed so we can see ‘. It is not often that a mainstream artist is involved in the political events of the country. His philanthropic works are also well known.
At the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, in one of her best-known performances, Beyonce had the word “feminist” beaming on a screen behind her. And she sampled the voice and thoughts of Nigerian feminist author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie from her TED Talk to define her. His song Flawless was an attempt to tell people that you don’t have to do everything to get men’s attention. She highlighted her thought process on empowering women in other tracks – including the album. Lemonade.
A brilliant businesswoman, Beyonce has above all maintained a no-interview policy. After being criticized for synchronizing the national anthem at Barack Obama’s second inauguration, she attended his next press conference, asked everyone to stand up, and sang an acapella version of the national anthem in response to criticism. As for creating the hype, she has surprised her music online lately in the middle of the night without any promotion and has sold millions of albums.