By Katharine Grubb
February 16, 2017
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter was born September 4, 1981 in Houston, Texas. She rose to fame in the 1990s as lead singer of Destiny’s Child, an R&B girl band, which quickly became one of the world’s best-selling groups of all time. Beyoncé released her solo debut album, Dangerously in Love in 2003 which earned her five Grammy Awards. After Destiny’s Child broke up in 2006, Beyoncé continued to wow the world with such albums as “B’Day”, “I am… Sasha Fierce”, “4” and her self-titled album “Beyoncé”.
Which brings us to the present, in which Beyoncé has just recently released her newest album “Lemonade,” a visual story piece that she revealed out of nowhere. Lemonade debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, which made Beyoncé the first performer in history to have their first six studio albums debut in the top numbers of the chart. The world was so shaken by her surprise album release that for the first few hours of its life, iTunes was shut down because of how often the server was crashing, and that was only the beginning of a fantastic year for Beyoncé. Everyone thought that Beyoncé and Jay Z were officially over after Jay-Z’s alleged affair with Rita Ora. Beyoncé threw major shade at Jay-Z in Lemonade, but by the end of the visual album, it seemed that Beyoncé and Jay-Z had worked out the major flaws in their marriage and were ready to give it another go. This caused a mixture of reactions from Beyoncé’s fans, some of who hated Jay-Z and some of whom were rooting for the couple.
Beyoncé continued to impress us all with her “Formation” World Tour, which sold out within minutes. It ended on Oct. 7, 2016 and featured Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar and Serena Williams who made surprise appearances at her last show.
Nobody was expecting anything more from Beyoncé, because the artist had already gone above and beyond her required celebrity obligations, but on Feb. 1 she posted a picture on Instagram of her posing in barely any clothing, surrounded by flowers and sporting an enormous round belly. The caption read “we would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes. – The Carters” No doubt the universe was exploding with the news that Queen Bey was pregnant with twins, and for days, fans from all over the world were celebrating and sharing the news. Beyoncé’s bombshell also created a few memes, included a few about a very upset Kim Kardashian. In one, Kim seems to be calling Kanye. The caption reads “Kanye, we have to have triplets!” – a joke about how the most dramatic Kardashian always strives to be more exciting than Beyoncé.
Despite Beyoncé’s pregnancy news, the singer still performed for the 59th annual Grammy Awards Show, sporting a huge baby bump. Her act stole the show with its elaborate costumes and 9-minute mashup of songs from “Lemonade.” She started the performance in a striking gold chain bikini that showed off her pregnant belly, and she used her whole routine to celebrate motherhood in her own powerful way. True to character, she proved that even though she’s pregnant she can still wow the crowd by performing a dangerous stunt that involved falling backwards off a stage on a chair. It was clear that everyone in attendance was significantly impressed.
Beyoncé is also set to headline for Coachella 2017, despite being close to her due date at that time, and although people are concerned about her health related to her ability to perform, she has made no plans to cancel her performance because of her pregnancy. No matter what happens, the world is still reeling from the phenomenal year Beyoncé has blessed us with and we can’t wait to see what surprises she has for us in the future.