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