5. September 2013 18:29
Beyoncé’s Birthday: Mrs. Knowles-Carter Turns 32
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter turned 32 on Sept. 4. It’s not nice to talk about a woman’s age but when you’re the preeminent female performer in the world you can’t keep your birthdate a secret. Also, it’s amazing that she’s only 32. It seems like she’s been around for decades.
To celebrate her 32nd birthday, Clickitticket has put together a list of 32 things we love about Beyoncé. To no one’s surprise, it was fairly easy to come up with 32 nice things to say about the Third Ward Trill. We think there’s enough fodder to create a list like this until long after she starts collecting social security.
- Beyoncé fronted Destiny’s Child, one of the most successful girl groups of all-time. The trio has sold more than 60 million albums.
- "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" is one of those songs that you hear in the morning on the way to work and you’re humming it all day (in a good way of course). The song went to number one and has been certified 4x Platinum.
- Beyoncé married Jay-Z on April 4, 2008. Their marriage doesn’t seem to be a business arrangement or a beard. It appears to be based on mutual love and respect.
- Dangerously in Love was released in June of 2003. It’s arguably Beyoncé’s best album and includes great songs like “Crazy In Love,” “Baby Boy,” and “Me, Myself and I.”
- People magazine named Beyoncé “World’s Most Beautiful Woman” in 2012. We all know Beyoncé is stunning. The magazine just solidified what everyone already believed.
- Beyoncé has won 17 Grammy Awards. Only two female artists have won more Grammys, Aretha Franklin and Alison Krauss.
- In 2005, after Hurricane Katrina hit, Beyoncé, and her Destiny Child cohort, Kelly Rowland, setup a foundation to aid victims in the Houston area. Beyoncé’s initial contribution was $250,000.
- Beyoncé starred in the 2006 film The Pink Panther. The Steve Martin-vehicle was awful, but the singer managed to avoid getting a Golden Raspberry nomination while her esteemed co-star, Kristin Chenoweth, did not.
- In 2010, Beyoncé and her mother opened a cosmetology center in Brooklyn, New York. The center offers a seven-month course in cosmetology.
- Beyoncé can dance. Whether it’s a Beyoncé concert in Chicago or one of her many music videos, the girl can flat out boogie. If her voice somehow went away tomorrow she could always support her family as a professional hoofer.
- Beyoncé was featured on Lady Gaga’s single “Telephone.” The song was not only nominated for a Grammy Award, but it was also (legally) downloaded more than 7 million times.
- Beyoncé has sold nearly 120 million records. That’s not including her work with Destiny’s Child! When it’s all said and done, she’ll be the best selling female artist of all-time.
- “The Beyoncé Experience” world tour was launched in 2007 and it saw the diva performing nearly 100 concerts. It was the first tour that used her all-female backing band “Suga Mama.”
- In 2011, Billboard magazine named Beyoncé “Artist of the Millennium.” Now the award is a complete farce—they gave it to her so she’d attend the ceremony—but it still goes on her resume.
- Beyoncé was the best part of MTV’s 2001 made-for-cable movie, Carmen: A Hip Hopera. The flick was Beyoncé’s acting debut. The film also starred Mekhi Phifer, Mos Def, and Wyclef Jean.
- Is there a better music video then Beyoncé’s “Run the World?” Well, there are probably a few but not too many. It not only features Beyoncé dancing but it has lions in it as well. How awesome is that?
- B’Day was Beyoncé’s sophomore effort. While not as successful as her debut album, B’Day did receive better marks then its predecessor. The opus picked up seven Grammy nominations spread over two years.
- In 2010, Beyoncé (with help from her mom), launched a women’s fashion line. The collection was called “House of Deréon” after her grandmother Angèz Deréon.
- Beyoncé is a spokeswoman for Pepsi. Why is this one of the great things about Mrs. Knowles-Carter? Well, we here at Clickitticket drink a lot of Pepsi and it means we get to see her in Television ads.
- "'03 Bonnie & Clyde" was Jay-Z’s second top ten single and Beyoncé’s first. Both are in the video doing their best Bonnie and Clyde impersonations. The song sampled Tupac Shakur’s “Me and My Girlfriend.”
- Dreamgirls. Dreamgirls. Dreamgirls. Everyone here at Clickitticket thinks the 2006 movie is when Beyoncé took her career to the next level. She joined the likes of Madonna, Babs, and Cher.
- Beyonce brought the house down when she performed at halftime of Super Bowl XLVII. Until Miley Cyrus acted like ho-bag at the 2013 MTV VMAs, Beyoncé’s performance was the most tweeted about event in the history of Twitter.
- Beyoncé can actually sing. Unlike a lot of singers today, Beyoncé doesn’t need electronics or backup singers to sound good. Her voice has range, versatility, and power. She can sing a pop song as well as she can belt out the National Anthem. You can hear for yourself when Beyoncé performs in Boston on Dec. 30.
- I Am Sasha Fierce dropped in November of 2006. Beyoncé’s 3rd album debuted at number one and earned her five Grammy Awards. This double LP is really her White Album.
- Beyoncé is a mom. She gave birth to Blue Ivy Carter on Jan. 7, 2012. Blue’s cries were included on a song, “Glory,” released by papa Jay-Z just days after her birth. The song sold well enough to make the credited B.I.C. the youngest person to ever appear on a Billboard charted single.
- Beyoncé won a Channel V Thailand Music Video Award. We don’t know what a “Channel V Thailand Music Video Award” is, or why she won it, but we think it’s pretty cool.
- Beyoncé is a historic songwriter. She’s the third woman to have songwriting credits on three number one singles in a year and she’s tied for third for writing/co-writing the most number one singles.
- Beyoncé was the ambassador for the 2012 World Humanitarian Day. She helped make social media history when the event garnered more than a billion electronic messages.
- Beyoncé played Etta James in the 2008 movie Cadillac Records. She stole the show as Miss Peaches. Her performance was widely regarded as the film’s high point.
- Beyoncé is a feminist. Throughout her entire career Beyoncé has championed strong, independent women. This had made her a positive role model for girls and young women.
- “Halo” is one of Beyoncé’s most beautiful songs. The 2009 single peaked at number five on Billboard’s Hot 100 and earned her a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year.
- When Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for Best Female Video of the Year who brought her back on stage to finish? Yes, that’s right, Beyoncé. Enough said.