All Hail: Celebrating Queen Bey’s Most Memorable Performances
All hail Queen Bey. Today is her day, B’Day. And what better way to celebrate the day of her birth than to celebrate the legacy she’s building. Beyoncé has had a year filled with great (and controversial) performances, but it doesn’t start (nor end) there. Beyoncé is known as one of the best entertainers (the best if you ask me) of this generation. The female Michael Jackson as many have called her. Celebrating her birthday is celebrating the iconic status she’s rightly garnered over the years as a great performer — including her box office hit tours “The Beyonce Experience,” “I Am… Tour” and “The Mrs. Carter Show.” So without further adieu Beyoncé’s greatest performances, a compelling story of visual art told in reverse chronological order.
Beyoncé’s Super Bowl Performance
This is one of the hottest super bowl performances of all time. And her Beyhive was ready… not necessarily ready for the bowl, but crediting it as Bey’s performance in which she let those two teams play. But in case you live under a rock, watch it here and forever have a taste of true pop culture history.
Beyoncé’s Inauguration/Press Conference Performance of National Anthem
There was much controversy built around this performance. Apparently, Bey was lip syncing. But it turns out she was singing to a track, which is common in the music industry. Nevertheless, she sounded live and beautiful. And she put her haters to sleep when she sung live “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Super Bowl press conference and then asked if there were any questions.
“End of Time” Live Revel (Life Is But a Dream)
This song is a favorite of mine. But Bey added an awesome intro reminiscent of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” or “The Way You Make Me Feel” intros — leading into an even hotter, energetic performance.
“I Was Here” (United Nations World Humanitarian Day)
There’s no doubt Bey left her mark on the world, but her 2012 World Humanitarian Day performance is beautiful visual art.
“Love on Top” 2011 VMAs Performance
Bey can blow as proven before, but her 2011 VMAs performance was a special one. She dropped her mic because she wore it out and also to reveal to the world that she was pregnant. It was an iconic moment for the VMAs and Twitter, which was nearly shut down after the announcement.
“Run the World (Girls)” Billboard Music Awards
The most visual performance ever done by Queen Bey was accused of being stolen from another artist. That’s fine. Bey did her thing and what a way to bring in a millennium award for her accomplishments with such a hot performance.
Many women, and men too, can relate to this song (which is the only song from B’Day to not have a music video). But Bey caught on to this being a fan favorite and started to perform it during the I Am… Sasha Fierce era.
“Sweet Dreams/Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)” VMAs Performance
Bey is known for including intros of one really good song leading into an even greater song like she did at the 2009 VMAs. During the height of “Single Ladies” fever, Beyoncé had an army of women behind her waving their hands for a ring, and both men and women in the audience doing the same while singing along. That’s power, and that’s Sasha.
“If I Were A Boy” 52nd Grammys
Beyonce brought some rock to the 52nd Grammys with her “If I Were A Boy” hit then surprisingly mashed it up with “You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morissette
Beyonce w/ Tina Turner, “Proud Mary”
Queen Bey lived a dream once and performed for her idol. Then, she performed with her idol, Tina Turner, Queen of Rock. And they… well… rocked it. No, better yet rolled down the river with their long, beautiful legs and high energy.
“Get Me Bodied” BET Awards
B’Day was such a big album. She managed to stretch hits into two calendar years. Not only did she perform at the 2006 BET Awards, she performed consecutively with her 2007 performance, which was an even bigger spectacle featuring her sister and former bandmates.
“Ring the Alarm” 2006 VMAs
Now that’s what you call dancing. Although not as great of a hit as her previous single, “Deja Vu” or her upcoming single at the time, “Irreplaceable,” Bey still did her thing with this temperamental song.
“Deja Vu” BET Awards
Big hair, silver and a lot of groove are what Bey brought to the 2006 BET awards.
Usher Feat. Beyonce, “Bad Girl”
Bey did not utter one note of music in this performance, and she still was great. Actually if you asked me, I would tell you she stole the performance from another great, Usher. Her hot alter ego was definitely present and she gave us fierceness in every hot strut at 1,000%. Werk, Bey, werk!
“Baby Boy/Crazy in Love” VMAs
How do you upstage previous performances of “Crazy in Love”? You mash it up with another number one hit, “Baby Boy” and dangle yourself upside down in air before landing onstage.
“Crazy in Love” 2003 BET Awards
This is when it all started for her as a solo artist. Bey’s “Crazy in Love” was already a major hit by time the BET Awards during the summer of 2003 aired, but this performance cemented Beyoncé as a force to be reckoned with on stage. This is really when her alter ego, Sasha Fierce was born (although she showed earlier signs in Destiny’s Child’s performances), and this is when we all knew she was going to be successful solo act.