Who runs the world? Beyonce! The Queen B has been ruling the universe through her empowering music, killer sense of style and haters-gonna-hate personality for almost two decades now, and fans plan on keeping her on the throne.
Everyone should have known Beyonce was destined for great things from the minute she debuted with Destiny’s Child in 1997. Some little songs like “Say My Name,” “Jumpin’ Jumpin'” and “No, No, No” were all over the radio, and unlike most overplayed radio hits, nobody was complaining about having to sing along with the trio yet another time.
Despite the synergy of the group, there can only be one queen bee in the beehive, and Beyonce eventually had to rise up to assume her rule. In 2003 she released her first solo album, Dangerously in Love, which featured lead single “Crazy in Love.” Ask anybody to hum that song, and they’ll most likely be able to. Not only was it insanely catchy, it was actually just really great. If anybody had any doubts about Beyonce’s ability to succeed solo, they flew out the window at this point.
Since then, Beyonce has proven time and time again that she not only is capable of making fun, danceable music, she also excels at getting a message across and empowering women across the world. Here are a few of her highlights:
- She’s the most Grammy-nominated woman ever, with 20 nominations so far
- She’s been one of Time Magazine’s most influential people in the world for multiple years
- With the release of Lemonade, she became the first artist to have their first six albums debut at number one on the Billboard charts
- She was the first female artist to headline at Glastonbury Festival in over 20 years
On a personal level, she’s also been a huge inspiration. She married Jay Z in 2008, and they almost instantly became a power couple and epitomized the whole #relationshipgoals thing. They have a daughter named Blue Ivy, and we’re already jealous of her outfits and she’s barely able to walk yet. It’s okay to be jealous of a 4-year-old, right?
Long live the queen!
Beyonce “Hold Up” (Lemonade)