Have you always wanted to be more like Beyonce? Some South by Southwest attendees got the chance Sunday at the Mashable House, which had a backdrop nearly identical to the one in Queen Bey’s now-iconic pregnancy reveal (yeah, she’s having twins, we still can’t get over it).
Hundreds of University of Texas students flooded the campus’ Main Mall on Tuesday for a chance to win tickets to the Grammys from Ellen Degeneres. The catch? The student with the best Beyoncé costume gets the golden ticket.
The segment aired on The Ellen Show Wednesday, featuring several finalists clad in their best Queen Bey looks. In the clip, one of Degeneres’ correspondents shows off a few of the best outfits (mostly donned by UT students from Houston, Beyoncé’s hometown) and then Degeneres presents the students with a challenge: Recreate Beyoncé’s now-iconic pregnancy announcement Instagram photo from last week.
The winner was Katy native and UT sophomore Collin Wang, who chose not to recreate the Instagram photo but instead one of the other photos Beyoncé posted to her website after the viral announcement, featuring her underwater wrapped in flowy fabric.
Degeneres commended Wang for his creativity, awarding him the grand prize of Grammy tickets, and recognized McKenzie Jones of Austin, Katie Lewis of Dallas, Victoria Vecchio of Houston and Alexa Vecchio of Austin with runner-up prizes: $500 gift cards to Best Buy.
When Ellen Degeneres announced late Monday afternoon on Twitter that her crew would be showing up to the University of Texas on Tuesday, everyone was wondering what antics the talk-show host would create.
Turns out, her crew’s visit had to do with Beyoncé and the Grammys. DeGeneres promised tickets to the music awards show to the best Beyoncé-clad students at the Main Mall.
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“It wasn’t so much about just Beyoncé,” he said. “This is a complaint that I’ve heard for a long time, actually for decades. Back in the ’90s, it was Elton John or Sting or whoever. Every year the CMA television producers feel a need to bring in acts from other genres, and it’s always done to boost ratings. I understand the concept behind that but at the same time I’ve always found it a little bit insulting— from the standpoint of being a country music artist—because this is a format that I’ve been a part of since the very beginning in my career. It’s a format that I have seen grow a tremendous amount in the 27 years that I’ve been doing this.”
He went on to say that other member of the “Class of ’89” were able to sell records and sell out concert arenas without help from outside sources, which is what he feels the Beyoncé addition to the CMA lineup was.
“As part of the Class of ’89—Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Clint Black and myself—we saw country music album sales increase by millions over what they had ever been before. We saw an ability by all country music artists to put more fannies in concert seats than we’d ever seen before. We sold a ton of product, drew in millions and millions of fans that had never listened to country music before. I think during that period of time we’ve certainly become strong enough to stand on our own two feet without the help from outside sources. I’ve been complaining about this for years, and it’s funny to me that it took complaining about this year’s performance, before anybody paid any attention to it.”
“It’s very strange to me. I’ve had open discussions about this on social media for the last 10 days and the fact is that while there are a lot of people that try to twist this into being something different than what it is—being motivated by something different than what it’s motivated by—the fact is that this is something that I’ve been very vocal about for a long time. Race has nothing to do with it. That’s what I’ve tried to make clear from the very beginning. We should be better than that. To make everything about race—to me—it makes me sad to be honest.”
He goes on to say that his tweets were taken out of context by people who picked the story up from Twitter, and that he simply thought it made no sense to have a pop artist on a country show, no matter who it was.
“First of all, they said that I trashed Beyoncé, which I never did. I never made a statement saying anything bad about her personally. All I said was that her performance—in my humble opinion—her performance as well as any of the other performances that have been on from the pop world, including Ariana Grande, Meghan Trainor, Justin Timberlake or whoever, do not belong. I don’t think they belong on any country music show. Especially on a country music show that was a 50-year celebration—an anniversary of what was supposed to be the entire 50-year history of country music awards—the CMA Awards show. The other thing that frustrated me was the fact, and it has frustrated me for years, is the fact that for every pop performance or R&B performance or any other type of genre performance that you have on the CMA Awards, that takes time away from somebody who is a country music artist, doing country music songs, releasing country music singles to radio, selling country music under that moniker to people all across the country and across the world. That’s taking time away from them. There are other artists that could have been just as much of a draw and that really should have been involved in that slot to celebrate the music that they have helped to create.
“So many great country music artists that you can name that weren’t part of it because there is only so much time—I get that, I understand that and everybody else does too. But when you take a portion of that precious time and give it to an artist outside of our industry, it makes no sense. It makes about as much sense to me as it would make sense to bring Eminem in on the Dove Awards. But you wouldn’t do that because it doesn’t fit the format. That’s my humble opinion.”
Beyoncé’s Texas roots showed up in full force at the Country Music Awards last night.
Beyoncé took over the CMA stage with the Dixie Chicks to sing “Daddy Lessons” — a country-tinged song from Bey’s latest album “Lemonade” — which any self-respecting Beyhiver could have predicted. As soon as Bey’s appearance was confirmed, there could only be one song. The Dixie Chicks have also covered the song on their tour, so the collaboration was hardly a surprise.
Bey and the Dixie Chicks all lay claim to the Lone Star State, so the beginning of their performance felt even more appropriate as each woman declared “Texas” into their respective microphones, the first words of “Daddy Lessons.” Backed by brass and violins, the blend of Beyonce’s powerful vocals and the Dixie Chicks’ enthusiastic twang came together to make a beautiful performance, worthy of a 50th anniversaryawards show.
The team also wove in a 40-second bit of the Chicks’ 2002 Grammy-winning hit “Long Time Gone,” a possible nod to their absence from country music in the past years. Beyond the quick homage to past glory days, the Dixie Chicks kept their set light and without commentary on their status in the country music scene.
Beyoncé fans who ordinarily wouldn’t have watched the CMAs did so for Queen B:
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie finally explained why she does not like to speak about her role in Beyoncé’s music in interviews.
Adichie, who has written three novels and a short story collection, first read her essay “We Should All Be Feminists” in a TEDTalk. Her writing has influenced fashion, and she has spoken on how she does not think makeup and feminism are mutually exclusive. But in a interview with Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant published Oct. 7, she said she does not completely agree with Beyoncé’s brand of feminism.
Beyoncé sampled Adichie’s essay in her 2013 song “***Flawless.”
“We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller,” Adichie’s voice says over black and white visuals of Beyoncé and some backup dancers. “We say to girls, you can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise, you would threaten the man.”
Adichie told de Volkskrant although she likes how Beyoncé has taken a stand on political issues and portrays a woman in charge of her own destiny, their styles of feminism do not overlap neatly. According to Adichie, Bey’s feminism gives a lot of space to the necessity of men.
“We women are so conditioned to relate everything to men,” Adichie said. “Put a group of women together and the conversation will eventually be about men. Put a group of men together and they will not talk about women at all, they will just talk about their own stuff. We women should spend about 20 per cent of our time on men, because it’s fun, but otherwise we should also be talking about our own stuff.”
Adichie was clear that the artist did ask her for permission to use her words. But she said she felt resentment when media clamored to interview her — not about her own work, but about Beyoncé.
“Another thing I hated was that I read everywhere: now people finally know her, thanks to Beyoncé, or: she must be very grateful,” Adichie said. “I found that disappointing. I thought: I am a writer and I have been for some time and I refuse to perform in this charade that is now apparently expected of me: ‘Thanks to Beyoncé, my life will never be the same again.’ That’s why [I] didn’t speak about it much.”
You may not have met Beyoncé at a Houston beauty shop, but you can still get her style: the singer dropped the Fall/Winter 2016 collection for Ivy Park, the athleisure line she co-founded, Thursday morning.
Beyoncé (and Ivy Park) posted a picture on Instagram of the singer in a bodysuit and camo-print parka from the new collection as a first look. At Topshop, the jacket is $165 and the body suit $65.
The best video drop since “Hold Up,” the Ivy Park ad feels very much like “Lemonade;” Beyoncé speaks over fast-changing images and clips of videos. “I stretch my body out like the horizon,” she says over visuals of her posing in Ivy Park clothing. In the one minute video, there’s only two seconds that show Beyoncé exercising. Instead, the video focuses on her sold-out performances, her family and bits of her life, mostly while wearing the large letters that spell out “IVY PARK.”
The brand’s Instagram teased the release, posting a countdown a few days before. (Note: the videos contain flashing images.)
Rocking Beyoncé workout clothes might hurt your wallet a bit, but the fall/winter collection’s dark colors and simplicity make each piece a classic for your fall wardrobe. You can find Ivy Park at Topshop, Nordstrom, Six:02 and Hudson Bay in the United States.
The singer was in her hometown to perform for her Formation tour on Thursday when she and her mother, Tina Knowles, decided to go to their old favorite shop Solid Gold Beauty Supply. Apparently, Tina needed some satin bonnets.
Attention, those without Tidal: you can now watch “Hold Up” from Beyoncé’s provocative visual album “Lemonade” without bumming the Tidal login off of your cousin’s roommate’s boyfriend’s dog.
Bey celebrated her 35th birthday all last weekend. She started with a pre-birthday trip to Camp David with Michelle, Malia and Sasha Obama, followed by dancing at the Made in America festival in Philadelphia on Sunday (her actual birthday), and a “Soul Train” themed party on Monday. But we were part of the real birthday celebrations when the singer dropped “Lemonade’s” second track on her Youtube channel Sunday.
Though her style has changed over the years, Beyoncé’s taste was not celebrated by the fashion industry until earlier this year. Her yellow dress in the video (along with the other many looks in “Lemonade”) caught the attention of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, earning her the CFDA’s Fashion Icon award.
Queen B released “Sorry” on her Youtube channel on June 22, so at this rate we’ll have the whole visual album by April 2018.
Beyoncé’s newest album “Lemonade” started people discussing who “Becky with the good hair” could be, and Rachel Roy’s Instagram post convinced many that Jay-Z cheated with her (which also led to a mix-up of Rachels). But a new woman has been added to the speculation.
On Monday, Rita Ora was spotted wearing the same red-and-white Gucci dress that Beyoncé wears in the “Formation” music video.
While this could be (and probably is) simply a good sartorial choice on Ora’s part, her outfit appeared only one day after the release of “Lemonade” on HBO and Tidal.
Ora also posted a Snapchat of herself on Sunday wearing a lemon bra and a diamond pendant that looks like a “J” in the selfie-style shot:
But it’s her signature “r” initial necklace. The juxtaposition certainly didn’t appease Bey-defenders, though.
Rita’s latest Instagram post is a photo from the 1973 Elizabeth Taylor movie “Ash Wednesday,” which is about a middle-aged woman who submits herself to full-body plastic surgery in an attempt to woo her husband back as their marriage fails.
The comments in Beyoncé’s defense, as per usual, contain many bee and lemon emojis.
Ora sued Jay-Z label Roc Nation earlier this year, arguing she has been largely ignored since the label changed leadership. Keeping that in mind, she could be adding fuel to the social media witch hunt because of Jay, and not Beyoncé.