16 Grammys. 4 solo platinum albums. Billboard Artist of the Millenium Award. A sold-out concert in 22 seconds. A starring role in a Clint Eastwood film. Beyoncé’s accomplishments would make one think she’s on top of the world.
But in the court of public opinion, it’s like the superstar can’t do anything right. Critics tear her apart with rumors that she sabotages the careers of former Destiny’s Child members, including her best friend, Kelly Rowland. They make fun of her less-than-stellar acting performances and dwell on the lukewarm reception of “Run The World (Girls).” More recently, her guest feature “Lift Off” from Jay-Z and Kanye’s Watch The Throne received the same mediocre love.
Our culture has a tendency to put artists on a pedestal only to knock them unceremoniously off immediately after. Here are 10 reasons why we shouldn’t let that happen to Beyoncé:
1. She has crossover appeal as a black female artist.
Bey’s international acclaim is undeniable. In countries like Egypt and Japan, fans knew every word to “Irreplaceable” and “Single Ladies,” which is an achievement in itself. When you add that the artist performing those tracks is a black girl from Texas, it’s even more awe-inspiring.
2. She puts on a good show.
It’s true that she doesn’t have the best voice we’ve ever heard and isn’t the best dancer we’ve ever seen, but as a package, Beyoncé wins! She’s talented, beautiful, ambitious, hard-working and meticulous about her image. And umm, have you seen her perform?! She is hands down one of the greatest entertainers of our generation. She isn’t perfect but appreciate her for what she does bring to the table.
3. Bey and Jay are a beautiful representation of black love.
Most celebrities head to divorce court as often as they do the club. Not Beyoncé and Jay-Z. The power couple has been together 10 years and counting, and they are still very much in love. Their commitment and dedication to each other is a positive representation of black love that’s inspiring to all who witness it.
4. She gives back.
Beyoncé makes sure to give back to those less fortunate and not for notoriety or acclaim either. She showed up at elementary schools and recorded a video, “Move Your Body,” to help our FLOTUS Michelle Obama fight childhood obesity. She dedicated her check from Cadillac Records to the Phoenix House where she and mom, Tina Knowles started a cosmetology school. Bey does her part to help the community, and that’s commendable.
5. She is dedicated to empowering women.
Critics are quick to call Beyoncé’s championing of women’s empowerment a gimmick. #Stopit5! One look at her all-female band, and you can tell she’s serious. She could’ve chosen any musician in the world but made a point to hire women. That sends a message to girls that they can play any instrument they choose. And it teaches women that we should use our success to put others on. Now, that’s sisterhood.
6. She works hard.
Beyoncé is easily one of the hardest working people in the music industry. From her amazing live show to the 72 songs she recorded for the 4 album, she puts 100% into everything she does. How many people are so dedicated to their dream they’d run in heels while singing at 16 years old? One thing you can’t argue in regard to Bey’s success: she’s earned it.
7. She’s humble.
Though she’s got a big ego, she keeps the Sasha Fierce bravado on wax. Everyone that has met her in real life describes her as a shy, humble and down-to-earth Southern belle.
8. She celebrates her curves.
Along with Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé was one of the first pop stars to embrace curves and make voluptuous figures desirable to the mainstream. With her curve-hugging dresses and anthems, she has shapely women everywhere loving their bootylicious frames.
9. She never resorts to gossip.
No matter how bad the rumor (like claims she fired her father for stealing money), Beyoncé always takes the high road. She never indulges in mudslinging for the press and stays above the fray. You’ve got to respect that.
10. She’s a business, man!
Queen B was listed as the #2 most powerful woman in Forbes for a reason. In addition to her many endorsement deals and successful fashion lines, she brings in millions from her world tours, #1 albums and DVDs. Suga mama, indeed.