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Countdown To The VMAs: Beyonce's 12 Best Live Performances [Videos]

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Beyonce knows how to keep an audience entertained. Whether it's the wind blowing through her hair, explosive dance moves or unparalleled voice, this diva has been setting stages ablaze for years. With anticipation building up to her VMAs takeover, we can't help but think about our favorite performances. Historic? Check. Intimate? Check. Incomparable? We think so.

Go back in time with some of Beyoncé's brightest moments. And let us know if we missed any!

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"Single Ladies"- Tyra Banks Show

It's no secret that Beyoncé and Tyra are great friends. While the diva has made several appearances on the now-cancelled talk show, her "Single Ladies" performance is top notch. Backed by an all-female band and male background dancers, it's hard to deny her superior showmanship. Fierce, indeed.

"Run The World (Girls)"- 2011 Billboard Music Awards

You already knew this would be on the list. Cutting edge technology, an army of dancers and a knock-em'-dead costume? This is King Bey at her best. This performance had the audience on its feet and sent Twitter into a tizzy. Who runs the world? She does!

"Halo" Acoustic- Signapore Hospital

In 2009, Beyoncé broke out an impromptu performance of "Halo" to patients at a Singapore hospital. Not only did it show off her natural talent, but her desire to give back.

"I Was Here"- Roseland Ballroom

I'll never forget the disappointment of missing out on tickets to Beyoncé's Roseland Ballroom performances. Luckily, we were still able to witness the magic via YouTube and a DVD release. Her performance of "I Was Here" interjected with flashback videos and images made it one of her most emotional moments on stage.

"Deja Vu"- 2006 BET Awards

If there's one thing Beyoncé is known for, it's her bootylicious figure. She gave us rump shaking at its best with this performance and brought hubby Jay-Z along for the ride. You ready? Let's go get 'em.

"Love on Top"- 2011 MTV Video Music Awards

"I want you to feel the love that's growing inside of me." With those words and a belly rub, Beyoncé made VMA history when she revealed she was pregnant with Blue Ivy Carter. Jay-Z and Kanye's (and even Lady Gaga's) reaction at the end is priceless.

"Proud Mary" - 2008 Grammy Awards

Beyoncé can hold her own with music legends, too. In 2008, she went toe for toe with Tina Turner to perform a rousing rendition of "Proud Mary."

"Ring The Alarm"- 2006 MTV Video Music Awards

In her second solo performance for the VMA's, Baddie Bey made trench coats trendy with this dance-heavy performance. Some consider the 1-minute dance break an ode to Janet Jackson, just one of the many artists that have influenced Bey's live acts.

The Star Spangled Banner- 2004 Superbowl

Still complaining about Beyoncé's inauguration performance? Swallow your words after watching her flawless rendition of the national anthem nine years ago.

"Dangerously In Love"- 2006 Grammy Awards

Leave it to the pop superstar to bring the dramatics. During this performance, people behind her were set up to look like a moving painting. She ended the performance with a dove landing on her left arm. Gotta love it.

Medley- 2013 Superbowl Halftime Show

Bey's 15 minute explosion of hits was just what we needed to liven up the monotonous football game. And the Destiny's Child reunion was just icing on the cake.

 "Drunk In Love"- 2014 Grammy Awards

Just two months after shutting down the Internet with her surprise album, Bey and hubby Jay Z brought the sexy to the Grammy's with their latest hit together.

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SZA called for peace and understanding at Billboard's Women In Music event Thursday (Dec. 6).

During her speech for the Rule Breaker award, singer-songwriter recalled today's climate, asking her peers and those watching at home for a little bit of peace.

"I'm sorry for the state of the world honestly, for everybody in this room and I pray that all of us just get through it a little bit easier and just try not to lash out at each other," she said.

The recurring theme of unity among women was also heard on the carpet from artists like Tierra Whack. In addition to her message of love, the "Broken Clocks" singer also thanked her TDE family for rocking with her creative process.

"I'm just so thankful for everybody having patience with me, " she said. Shouting out the key members of her family in attendance, the TDE affiliate gave praise to her mother, father, and grandma. In this brief speech centered around the artist's growth Solána Imani Rowe, known more commonly as her stage name, Rowe everyone for their trust in her.

"I'm grateful for everybody taking the time to have the patience to watch someone grow, it is painful and sometimes exciting but mostly boring. And I am thankful for Top (Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith) for not dropping me from that label. For Peter, who I change my ideas every day and he be like okay I like this," she continued.

Thanking the likes of musical powerhouses like Alicia Keys and Whack, "The Weekend" singer offered her appreciation and condolences to Ariana Grande.

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Beyoncé, Rihanna, And J. Lo Make Forbes’ Highest-Paid Women In Music List

As November comes to a close, many publications will be crafting their year-end lists for all things pop culture. Forbes released a ranking of the world's highest-paid women in music on Monday (Nov. 19), with Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna holding it down for women of color.

Beyoncé comes in at No. 3 on the list with an earning of $60 million as she made most of her money through her historical Coachella performance, the joint album with husband JAY-Z, Everything is Love, and the Carters' On The Run II Tour in support of its release.

Jennifer Lopez made No. 6 for earnings tallying of over $47 million thanks to her lucrative Las Vegas residency, endorsements, and shows including World of Dance where she serves as a judge.

Rihanna follows behind the "Love Don't Cost A Thing" diva at No. 7 with earnings of over $37.5 million. Although she hasn't toured since 2016—thanks to her cosmetics and lingerie lines, Fenty Beauty and Savage Lingerie—the Bajan pop star has been keeping herself busy.

Forbes' annual list (which factors in pretax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018) has placed Katy Perry at the top with over $83 million in profits due to her gig as an American Idol judge and her 80-date Witness: The Tour that brought in an estimated $1 million per night.

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Katy Perry ($83 million) Taylor Swift ($80 million) Beyoncé ($60 million) P!nk ($52 million) Lady Gaga ($50 million) Jennifer Lopez ($47 million) Rihanna ($37.5 million) Helene Fischer ($32 million) Celine Dion ($31 million) Britney Spears ($30 million)

 

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Kelly Rowland Hops In Her Bag With New Single "Kelly"

Kelly Rowland has it all and isn't afraid to brag about it on her new single, "Kelly."

Released Thursday (Nov. 22), the singer goes the clubby, confident route while rightfully dropping her attributes like her relationship with God, smoldering looks (a.k.a the drip) among other things. With "Kelly" being the first single since her 2013's Talk a Good Game, the singer comes out swinging, reminding everyone of her power in the game.

The mother of one has promised that her new tunes will be edgier and most honest than her past work that included vulnerable tracks like "Dirty Laundry" and massive hits like "Motivation" and "Commander." Speaking with Vogue over the summer, Ms. Kelly disclosed a few details behind the album.

“It’s about love, loss, and gain and whether it’s professional or with family or whatever, it’s just honest," she said. "I had no choice but to be honest and authentic with this record: it’s about friendship and marriage.”

She also explained a drop in confidence caused her hiatus. “I was thinking about pulling back from recording, but I couldn’t help myself: I still wanted to record. I still felt like I was missing something. The third year just came and left so fast. The fourth year I said: ‘I have to get to work’ and now I’m ready to release some music! I felt like I wasted so much time, and it was my husband who actually called me out on it. He said: ‘Babe, as great as those records were, I think you were nervous, you got gun-shy’, and when he said that it was like boom, a gong went off.”

Glad to have you back, Ms. Kelly. Listen to the eponymous record up top.

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