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On June 2nd, NBC (U.S.) aired a concert arranged by Chime for Change, an organization that generates support for causes that help disadvantaged women around the world & seeks to combat gender injustice. Beyonce` was not only the concert headliner, but is now involved with the group (NBC only aired a few songs from her 50 minute set; you can view it in full here). By joining Beyonce’s “Chime Team,” you can learn more about specific causes close to her heart and offer a donation. Just $5 or $10 can go a long way. Bees, if we can spend hundreds on concert tickets, we can spend a few dollars to help women in need. Beyonce’s dedication to women’s rights and female empowerment is one of the many reasons she’s my favorite artist. It’s good to see her be more vocal with her charitable activities, as it brings attention to important issues. In the past, Beyonce` has supported anti-sex-trafficking foundations and started a trade education center for formerly incarcerated women. Did you know that? If you follow the link and Beyonce’s projects are fully funded, please make a contribution to Chime for Change.
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I’ve found that anyone who’s skeptical about Beyonce` as an artist often becomes a believer after seeing a performance. She has many fantastic live appearances, but here are 10 that I find to be representative of her vocal ability, versatility and talent.
Halo- 2008 or 2009.
Beyonce` live and unplugged. Excellent showcase of her raw vocals.
The Beautiful Ones/Sex on Fire-Glastonbury 2011
Her powerful and emotive rendition of a Prince classic and a Kings of Leon hit is a great testament to Beyonce’s versatility genre-wise. It stirs me every time. I go to another place when I hear this.
Star Spangled Banner-2004 Superbowl
This performance is great, not because it’s the coveted Superbowl national anthem spot, but because she didn’t ruin it by over-singing as anticipated. I thought Bey was going to do a lot of vocal acrobatics because she has a tendency for it and every Superbowl singer does so in an attempt to match the greatness of Whitney Houston’s appearance, but Bey was smart enough to realize the best way to remotely reach Whitney was to scale back and keep it classy. All bias aside, Bey’s interpretation of the U.S. national anthem was the closest to Whitney’s since. This moment was especially memorable for fans as Bey won her first round of multiple Grammys that same month.
Why Don’t You Love Me?-Glastonbury 2011
“Why Don’t You Love Me?” is one of Beyonce’s most underrated songs. The harmonies are terrific on the studio version, and the lyrics are great and relatable to many. In her 1st performance of this song, Bey is soulful, vivacious and takes us to church. I love the unfiltered energy and love the band even more. Her all-female band shows out.
Love On Top-MTV Video Music Awards 2011
This performance got a lot of attention because she revealed her baby bump for the 1st time publicly, but the bump wasn’t the only star in this show. Her vocals are INSANE here. Towards the end of the song, the chorus is repeated with quick, modulating key changes, which is very difficult to sing as the notes are high and maintaining breath and correct pitch is tasking. With not as much as a neck vein showing, Bey effortlessly delivers.
Bey showed how eclectic she is during her concert in Nice, France while performing Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," Prince's "Beautiful Ones," and the Kings of Leon's "Sex on Fire." Beyonce`mentioned "fire" as one of her Itunes celebrity playlist, saying the song was "incredibly sexy." For fans that felt jilted because quality versions of her performing "Beautiful Ones" were removed from Youtube, this video is an exciting gift. If your curious, both of Beyonce's Itunes playlists from 2006 & 2008 (with her comments) are below the video. :)
Brazillian Girls-Don't Stop: “Because it’s sexy and I love the lead singer’s tone.”
Jazmin Sullivan-"Need U Bad: “She has an incredible voice. It’s like an instrument. She gives me chills.”
Kanye West -We Major (Featurning Nas & Really Doe): “I love the chorus and the chord changes and it gets me crunk.”
Michelle Williams-The Greatest: “I love the melody. I love her voice. I love the song.”
George Michael-Careless Whisper: “I love how this song was written. It’s so dramatic and one of those classics that everyone loves.”
Brandy-Focus: “She is a great singer. I love her vocal arrangements. I love the lyrics.”
MGMT-Electric Feel: “I was with my sister recently when she played this song. I love it.”
Jay-z-Public Service Announcement (Interlude): “Classic!”
Solange-God Given Name: “She is a talented singer and song-writer.”
Prince-Adore: “He is the absolute best! I love the end when he
Jay-Z- Lost One: “Hot beat, hot chorus
Stevie Wonder-All I Do: “When this song comes on, I can’t help but get up and groove."
Amel Larrieux-For Real: “The tone of the song is so beautiful.”
Coldplay-Clocks: “I love all the different instruments.”
Chaka Khan & Rufus-Tell Me Something Good: “Her voice is infectious.”
Lauryn Hill-Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You
Seriously Beyonce`, WTH?!?
Most people figure out pretty quickly that I LOVE Beyonce`. She is my queen diva of choice. But every now and then, she does something that irritates or perplexes me. Here, I tell what's been buggin me about the Bee lately (with reviews and love for the Queen Bee in between).