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Beyonce's Best Moments of 2013

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They don't call her Queen Bey for nothing. Beyonce has had one hell of a year. We are counting down her top moments of this year to show you why this Vixen favorite stays at the top—and still manages to look fly while doing it. Mrs. Carter has us all bowing down. Here's hoping her success, creativity and energy continues in 2014!

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The Mrs. Carter World Tour

Proving she's a force that can't be reckoned with, Beyonce put any and all haters to shame. Putting her single status on the shelf, Mrs. Carter added some surprise performances from her hubby showing that family comes first and distance never keeps this power couple apart. Singing live all the while dancing her bootylicious butt off, Beyonce kept energy throughout and proved she's super human by never missing a beat (or step).

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Skydiving

Showing that she's fun and fearless, Beyonce went to new heights—literally. Queen Bee jumped off the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand. And if that wasn't enough, she screamed "this is awesome" mid-air. Can you imagine what you would look like jumping off a building? Certainly not this gracious! It's only a matter of time before she flies without the harness.

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Not only is she talented but she's humble, too. Beygood accepted donations through each of her tour stops for those less fortunate. As much as she has received, Beyonce makes it a point to give back. We gotta give it to Mrs. Carter, she's a definite class act.

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Beyonce Rides the Cyclone in Coney Island

Shooting a music video over the summer at the historic park, Beyonce showed love to her hubby's hometown (notice the Biggie hat?) while causing a frenzy over her unexpected presence. Once again sporting a flawless look, Mrs. Carter epitomizes grace.

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GQ's Sexiest Women Cover

Beyonce had the ladies and fellas drooling over this cover. Just in time for Superbowl Season, Beyonce kicked us all into fitness gear hoping to look something like this come bikini time. Mrs. Carter is also Ms.Bootylicious and this cover shows that no one is taking that title from her anytime soon!

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Fan Interactions

Whether it was to photobomb, facetime or simply give a hug, Beyonce showed that she's aware she wouldn't be where she is without all of you (and us).

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barclaysBeyonce Bikes to Barclay's over the Brooklyn Bridge

As if she doesn't have an abundance of means of transportation, Beyonce showed she's health conscious and motivated by biking it over the Brooklyn Bridge to her concert at the Barclay Center. With no Jay Z in sight, Queen Bee posted the photo on her Instagram account to let fans know that health comes first.

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Life is But A Dream

Not only can she sing, dance and act but she can direct and produce films too. In her first feature film, Beyonce gives us a rare glimpse into her life and we love her even more for it.

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Superbowl Halftime Show

Giving the performance of a lifetime, Beyonce showed that she's a one-woman show and can do it all herself if need be(y). She stole the show so much that there were rumors circulating that the lights shut off mid-game due to her performance. Do you even remember who was playing in that game?! We sure as hell don't.

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Beyonce Releases Surprise Visual Album

Bey capped the year off in the best way possible with a surprise album that included no hype or promotion. Selling over 400, 000 copies in one day, Beyonce shook the music industry and showed that she got it like that. What else can we expect in 2014?!

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