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Ring The Alarm: Beyonce Is Not A Diva

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Before beginning, let’s set the record straight: this is not a hate-Beyoncé piece.

This comprehensive editorial was written to reveal one simple fact: Beyoncé is not a diva.

To be frank, over the years, the media has “anointed” the star of Destiny’s Child with a title she doesn't deserve: diva.  This article is not meant to discount or ignore the talents Beyoncé possesses but, rather, to make the following clarification:  Although Beyoncé is the lone survivor of the Destiny Child breakup (and she became a “household name” in the process), that does not make her a diva.

Here are the facts:

Fact #1: Although Beyoncé has won nine Grammys, only one is attributed solely to her: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance (2003) for "Dangerously In Love 2".

Yes, Beyoncé has won nine Grammys.  And, yes, Beyoncé has tied with Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys and Norah Jones for the most number of Grammy awards presented to a female artist in a single night: five.  The smoke and mirrors of numbers, however, blinds the truth: Unlike her peers, Beyoncé has never won (or been nominated for) any of the Grammy’s “Big Four” – Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, or Best New Artist. 

Besides her lone achievement, three Grammys are associated with her stint with Destiny’s Child, while the remaining six stemmed from collaborations.  And, although Beyoncé has sequestered 9 Grammys, all are limited to following categories: Rap and R&B.  So much for her mainstream appeal.

U.S. Sales Comparison of Select Best New Artist Grammy Winners

The “fuzzy math” of Beyoncé’s Grammy count distorts and magnifies her musical achievements.  Of Lauryn Hill’s eight, she can lay personal claim to three.  Of Alicia Keys’ nine, five are hers alone.  Of Norah Jones’ eight, she does not have to share three.  Of Beyoncé’s nine, she can attribute only one solely to her own work.  Thus, even among her contemporaries, without referencing established divas, Beyoncé does not compare.  Moreover, Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys and Norah Jones have all be nominated for (and won) the Grammy’s Best New Artist award.

It is interesting to point out that adulation of Beyoncé, among her industry’s peers, was particularly spotty, even as they doled out five Grammy’s for Dangerously in Love.  In 2004, Beyoncé lost out on a Best New Artist nod to Evanescence, 50 Cent, Fountains Of Wayne, Heather Headley and Sean Paul.   

Beyoncé’s absence from the list, while receiving nominations in other categories, was an industrial-sized slap-in-the-face.  Of her contemporaries, the Best New Artist Grammy has gone to Mariah Carey (1991), Toni Braxton (1994), Sheryl Crow (1995), LeAnn Rimes (1997), Paula Cole (1998), Lauryn Hill (1999), Christina Aguilera (2000), Shelby Lynne (2001), Alicia Keys (2002) and Norah Jones (2003).  Needless to say, despite the “rise” of Beyoncé, it’s not far-fetched to assume that there was no oversight of her capabilities, let alone her industrial significance. 

[In 2001, Shelby Lynne won the Best New Artist Grammy — highlighting the precedence of the Recording Academy’s willingness to give a Grammy to older, “new” artists. (Shelby Lynne’s first album, Sunrise, was release 1990 — a decade earlier.) To boot, at the 2004 Grammys, the lone female nod went to Heather Headley, a Tony Award winner.]

FACT #2: Although Beyoncé scored a #1 Billboard Hot 200 album with Dangerously in Love, it has only sold 4 million inside the United States.

Although Dangerously in Love sold a respectable amount, the album should, for significance’s sake, be scrutinized in context to (and in comparison against) Beyoncé’s past offerings with Destiny’s Child, as well as those of her fellow contemporaries.  In regards to her past offerings, I will use Destiny’s Child’s The Writing’s on the Wall and Survivor as benchmarks, by which she will be compared, since these albums were released before Beyoncé’s solo effort.  In regards to her solo effort, I will compare her against Lauryn Hill, a fellow contemporary, who also jettisoned from a popular, best-selling group, in pursuit of a solo career.

 

Lauryn Hill -vs- Beyonce 

 

Stateside, Destiny’s Child’s The Writing’s on the Wall sold 8 million and Survivor, its follow-up, sold 4 million copies, of which 663,000 were sold in its first week of release.  While Dangerously in Love matched the sales of Survivor, in regards to domestic sales, the album’s first week sales, which gauge the market’s anticipations for purchase, paled in comparison — totaling only 317,000 copies. 

For an established star, breaking away from her less-talented group members, it’s alarming that her breakthrough album, in regards to overall and first-week sales, only compares to the group’s second-best effort.  And, when compared against the group’s magnum opus, The Writing’s on the Wall, sales of Dangerously in Love only reached the halfway mark.  Thus, in this context, the group is still bigger than the star.

And, when compared against Lauryn Hill, to put things in better perspective, Beyoncé really falls flat.  Even though Lauryn Hill launched a solo career in the aftermath of the Fugee’s The Score, which established the group’s members as hip-hop icons, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill sold 8 million copies — double that of Dangerously in Love — and besting The Score by 2 million copies.  Lauryn Hill was able to prove she could stand outside of the shadow of the Fugees. 

Beyoncé has not.  She still stands in the shadows of Destiny’s Child.  To match Lauryn Hill’s feat, Beyoncé would need to sell a diamond album — no small task, indeed.  But, if Beyoncé needs help, she could ask fellow contemporary, Norah Jones, for some tips.  Jones’ solo debut, Come Away With Me, has been certified for sales of 10 million — 6 million more than Dangerously in Love.

While it might sound a bit facetious to dare Beyoncé to sell a diamond album, one would think it would be possible, especially with the marketing blitzes arranged by her business associates.  Nevertheless, neither Beyoncé’s solo nor Destiny’s Child’s group career has spawned a RIAA diamond-level album — necessitating sales of 10 million copies in the U.S.  Even in this post-Napster/iTunes day and age, the feat is possible. 

Jewel, Norah Jones and Alanis Morissette have done it.  Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Madonna and Britney Spears have done it twice. And Shania Twain has done it three times!

FACT #3:  Although Beyoncé has amassed 7 #1 Billboard Hot 100 singles, none are for solo performances.  Her first four come from her stint with Destiny's Child: "Bills, Bills, Bills", "Say My Name", "Independent Women Part 1" and "Bootylicious".  The remaining three "Crazy in Love", "Baby Boy" and "Check on It" are supported by Jay-Z, Sean Paul and Slim Thug, respectively.

Although amassing more #1 Billboard Hot 100 singles than her fellow, younger contemporaries (Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys and Norah Jones), there is one candle, in retrospect, that Beyoncé can not hold against them or other established divas: a #1 single without a supporting guest star.  It is interesting to note that Beyoncé has never reached the summit by herself.  A real diva must be able to stand alone, in a memorable performance, as Janet did in “Control,” Whitney did in “The Star Spangled Banner” (at Super Bowl XXV), and Mariah did in “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” 

In addition to these songs, Janet has reached the summit 10 times, Whitney 11 times and Mariah 13 times — all by themselves.  Beyoncé’s count, once again: 0.  As it stands, in the mainstream conscious, Beyoncé, for every one of “her” hits, will only be remembered as the siren of an all-star ensemble or duo.

In retrospect, what would “Crazy in Love” have been without Jay-Z’s memorable quip (“yes sir I'm cut from a different cloth/my texture is the best fur, I'm chinchilla”), “Baby Boy” without the Jamaican musings of post-Dutty Rock Sean Paul (“top top – girl / me and you together is a wrap – dat girl”) or “Check on It” without Slim Thug’s infusion of hip-hop (“good girls gotta get down with them gangstas”)?

FACT #4: Although Beyoncé has "sold" over 17 million albums, stateside, 13 million account for her Destiny's Child catalog.

When taking solo (U.S.) sales into consideration, Beyoncé lies at the bottom of the heap.  Beyoncé would need to produce two additional renditions of Dangerously in Love to surpass Alicia Keys, three to eclipse Norah Jones, four to stand beside Toni Braxton, five to match Janet Jackson, thirteen to outdo Whitney Houston, and fourteen to compete with Mariah Carey.  You get the idea…

Comparison of U.S. Record Sales of Best-Selling Female Artists

Some may wonder why I would take the time to write an editorial on such a non-earth-shattering topic as whether Beyoncé is or is not a diva.  The answer, if solely for therapeutic reasons, is to call into question (and shine a spotlight) on what the world considers “good” music.  Throughout the new millennium, the music industry has pushed the likes of Britney Spears, Ashanti, and Hillary Duff to superstar status, while talented vocalists like Toni Braxton, Anastacia, and Deborah Cox have faded into the background, with little fanfare.

All things considered, this editorial is the by-product of various “water-cooler conversations” I’ve had over the years.  Without a doubt, the ebb and flow of corporate and consumer interests have jump-started and abruptly ended countless musical careers.  Consequently, in such a volatile market, it is understandable stars, like Beyoncé, use media machines to meticulously craft their persona, so that it can weather (and, hopefully, resist) external tampering. 

Unfortunately, for the world, the manufactured gloss of Beyoncé — concealing warts and all — has prevented music fans from establishing a personal connection that was possible with Janet on “Together Again”, Madonna on “Human Nature” and Tina Turner on “What’s Love Got To Do With It?”  Thus, it goes without saying that, to enjoy Beyoncé completely, one has to do it visually.  No heartstrings required.

Beyoncé’s music can not be appreciated with one’s eyes closed, as with Aretha Franklin or Whitney Houston.  For music lovers, there is no internal chemistry or song for the ages to look forward to.  Sadly, the songstress, along with the songs she sings, is nothing more than a manufactured good created solely for commercial profit.  And, as with most things, in this day and age, art is no longer the name of the game.  Beyoncé even alluded to this fact, when she announced her forthcoming album, B’Day, was written and recorded in less than two weeks.  Thus, from the outside looking in, the trappings of music’s “visual age” have trapped her.

And Beyoncé, of all people, should know musical masterpieces are not crafted in two weeks.  Despite the massive media blitz for B’Day, the album’s lead single, “Déjà Vu”, received a lukewarm reception at radio — stalling at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay before making a quick descent.  And the album’s second single, “Ring the Alarm”, seems uninspired — heavily resembling Kelis’ “Caught Out There”, in sound and style, and Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation,” in her performance at MTV’s 2006 Video Music Awards (08.31.2006).  All in all, B’Day may just be the beginning of the end for Miss Beyoncé, regardless if it goes gold or platinum in its first week.

As the record stands, in my book:  Beyoncé is not a diva.

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  • http://www.earsucker.com Roberta

    I agree 100%. Beyonce’ is no diva. And Norah Jones has way more talent.

  • Nikkiejo

    I absolutely agree. It’s sad that singers like Cassie and Hilary Duff are acknowledge as “good singers” and the true singers with talent aren’t appreciated anymore. The music industry is nothing more than a “get rich, quick” scheme. There are only a few artists now that make music for the love of it, and make music that actually means something. I don’t listen to the radio anymore, because music has lost it’s meaning. Beyonce has a beautiful voice, but I don’t really feel her music.

  • http://destinyvault.net KD

    She doesnt have to be a diva to be an ultra successful, super talented superstar. Lets face it, you’re writing a stupid column (which probably took you a few hours, seeing how much research you called yourself doing) but she doesn’t even know you exist. Who’s the loser now? Or did you simply use this to try and drive some traffic here?

  • luvme

    This has to be the most pointless article ever. “Good music” is not something that’s defined. “Good music” is based on individual taste. What’s good to me may not be good to you.

    If this offered constructive comments on how Beyonce can improve her craft I may be interested, but I’m sure there is nothing some idiot sitting in front of a computer can tell Beyonce about how to be a performer. If you dislike something that Beyonce does that doesn’t makes you a hater, the fact is that you wrote such long bullshit about it. In the the time it took you to write this crap you could have wrote about artists that you like, or artists that you think deserve more publicity. You could have used this space to promote them, post their songs or videos and expose them to a new audiance, but instead you wasted time trying to knock someone else down.

  • http://www.myspace.com/m38426087 Martius phillips

    Beyonce’s Accolades may not be as great as Mariah Carey’s, Norah Jones’s, Toni Braxton’s, or Alanis Morissette’s. yet out of them all who do people want to see? Who is the most Beautiful? Who is the most popular? accolades do not mean anything if you don’t have a fan base as large as Beyonce’s

  • luvme

    Furthermore there is a difference between having to finish an album in 2 weeks and being so inspired that you just happen to finish an album in 2 weeks.

    And to be clear, neither Mariah, Janet, nor Whitney accomplished anything ALONE. They may have sang on songs by themselves but there has always been a team of writers, producers, choregraphers, and stylists behind them who were equally if not more responsible for the success of their projects.

  • Kaikahina

    Thank-you !! I am so tired of being forced feed this women. Her talent is limited but due to the PR machine in her camp we are to believe she is all that. But time will tell. If you think this author is wrong about her, ask youself if she will she be popular in ten years – five ?
    I don’t think so. Just wait.

  • Sandra

    I agree.
    Beyoncé is OVERRATED and a COPYCAT.
    She copies other singers.

  • http://blogcritics.org/mt/tb/52948 I Know You See It

    Wow, why limit record sales to only US markets? Is it because Beyonce sales more globally? Maybe your thesis should be restricted to the label of “American Diva”, lol.
    Secondly, the only artist whose career could parallel Beyonce’s is Justin Timberlake.
    He left a highly successful pop group and sold less because he focused more on R& B, which is why Beyonce sold less with Dangerously In Love. Lastly, Beyonce’s memorable performance is Crazy In Love. Everyone remembers where they were when they saw the video, the Grammy performance, and the BET version, lol. Crazy In Love is to Beyonce what Control is to Janet, etc…

    I’m not a big Beyonce fan, but I recognize her talent…

    Too bad we have to be bombarded with it 24/7,lol.

  • dree

    number of awards does not make you a diva. you are quite ignorant on this topic. diva refers to a beautiful singing voice and a demanding stage presence, and beyonce has both of these. there are plenty of actual divas who have never won an award, or even been discovered. you should really research the word. beyonce is in fact a diva. if you have disagreements with me you can reach me at sexii_little_minx at yahoo

  • dree

    and to the loser who thinks norah jones has a better vocal range and stage present than beyonce…ignorant

  • Bigholzi

    HI I totaly Agree with you, but you said “the music industry has pushed” girls like B.Spears … (thats true) and that talented Singers like Anastacia have faded into Background!
    Thats so not true! Anastacia may has no Succeses in USA but shes so big Overseas in Europe an Asia.
    She sold more than 23 Million Records since 2000
    And she was seen by nearly 1000 000 people during her first Tour in Europe in 2004 and 2005. So i think shes not faded to Background, at least not in europe.

  • ewok

    True, she may not technically be a diva according to your numbers, however, the girl can out sing every one of your mentioned ‘divas’. bottom line. her ability to modulate (that’s change keys within a song…or a song within a song, if you will, is flawless….ask any musician…she is definitely respected. it is really funny how many dedicate negativity to this girl, but hey, that’s when you know you are on top…which is ironic. i am a native houstonian and had the pleasure of watching this girl blossom and really, she has been sounding like this since she was a little girl. not a crack during her performances and her mother always made sure she was diva ready…the whole family has been a part of the houston entertainment scene for years….watched this girl out blow church “divas” and sit them down crying……don’t get it twisted…

  • http://www.earsucker.com Roberta

    I’d say Beyonce’ has to be a selfish artist. She always seems to want the spotlight. Say she doesn’t like one of the members of Destiny’s Child, she just kicks ‘em out. She takes her ball and goes home. I’m not saying she doesn’t have any talent, but there are alot of other better singers out there who get no recognition at all.

  • Kevin

    Hey you gotta get your facts straight. Beyonce was nominated for a big four grammy before. Crazy In Love was nominated for Record Of The Year. Also, Beyonce has two solo grammys One for Best R&B Vocal Performance- Female and Best Contemporary R&B Album.

  • J

    I agree completely!

  • http://clatch.blogspot.com A.L. Harper

    I’ve said this once today and I’ll say it again here because it fits here too.

    Who decided that Beyonce Knowles was talented? Don’t give me that “she has such great range” shite! The occasional bout of vocal epilepsy followed by lyrical diarrhoea is not talent, that’s an illness and Beyonce needs to be treated. She is a talentless bore, who only wants fame. She and others like her (i.e. Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera) should be eliminated from pop music to save it for those with real talent and something genuine to contribute. Something not decided by or in a committee.

    Feels even better the second time.

  • cynthia

    Wait until the Dreamgirls soundtrack comes out. Her and Jennifer Hudson sound really good on it.
    Roberta, it was the managements decision to get rid of those other girls, not Beyonce. I believe that if someone is stealing your thunder than you need to step your game up.

  • cynthia

    I think being a diva is like a personality trait not whether or not you can sell records.

  • http://blogcritics.org/mt/tb/52948 MID

    Love me, you should know that Mariah writes all of her songs (obviously not the covers) but all of them. I agree with this article Beyonce is so overrated, her career is beginning to fade. That’s why she’s trying so hard to stay in the spotlight and she knows it. After the of Deja Vu and Ring The Alarm these songs peaked at #4 and #12 which in her terms is a flop. We all know both whould’ve flopped if it wasn’t for the downloads. I mean think about Deja Vu peaked at #30 and dropped down to #32 before rising up to #4 thanks to the downloads but then dropped down quickly. Ring The Alarm wasn’t even on The Hot 100 it peaked at #17 on the Bubbling Under but debuted at #12 on the Hot 100 and I predict she will fall fast. Her pervious #1’s from DIL debuted on airplay only and they were in the top 10 in their 4th weeks but when the downloads kicked in she went to #1 and stayed there for 8-9 weeks. She knows that comparing the material from DIL and B’Day she knows the B’Day doesn’t even come close. That’s why she was so qiuick on release her single for downloads becuase they weren’t her best. She needs to depend on her material knowing people will like it and not throw something to together half-heartedly and release hoping her fans will love it.

  • Kemmy

    Wow. so you only took into account record sales in the USA? So her fans around the world are to be ignored. That is rather arrogant and reflects badly on you the writer and the mentality in which you wrote this. If anything, it shows me that this was written more in envy than anything else and vocal diarrhoea occurred in this editorial just went on and on bashing the girl. There is enough of a fan base to go round to all these people. Funny enough the ones you mentioned who get pushed into the background, I buy their music too, but they really need to not make boring records after they bring out the first great album and are off having babies constantly or seem to be (in the case of Toni Braxton).

    If you worked half as hard as Beyonce does, maybe you would actually be writing in a real newspaper or magazine and not on a blog on line????

  • Unbelievale

    Whoever said that BEyonce can outsing the other divas the writer mentioned needs hearing aids. I heard her sing when she was in Seatle, her voice is flat and nasal. She cannot sustain notes so she rifts a lot. No way can this girl blow like a Whitney, Mariah or Christina. As for outsinging a church singer… NO WAY AT ALL!!!!!!!!!!! I’d like to even SEE her try to hit ANY OF THE NOTES A YOUNG MAHALIA JACKSON OR ARETHA FRANKLIN AT ANY AGE COULD DO.

  • madrit3know

    thats the meanest words i ever heard! u people are the only person that they tink that!! i can c dat u dont know any good music…

  • Wilson

    By the way, Mariah Carey has 17 #1’s on the Billboard Hot 100. You said she only had 13. But I could have mistaken you talking about something else. Just wanted to make sure you knew.

  • Rachel M

    Why does this site spend so much time dogging Beyonce? Does this writer get paid for it or something? I can’t figure it out. Always some long drawn out essay on Beyonce being unworthy.

    Like her or hate her, the girl is talented and will be around for as long as she chooses. Get used to it.

  • Sara

    I got a better essay for you why is Justin Timberlake being considered the new King of Pop? Nothing he’s done in his career has come close to touching Michael Jackson’s achievements in sales and awards. Justin can’t even touch his own contemporary Usher’s record sales. That’s right these types of blogs only get off on attacking black women. Now, let me see if you’re going to have the balls to go after the great white hope.

  • Sara

    Racism and sexism needs to end.

  • Sara

    Subjective and unbalanced coverage of black people isn’t fair. Why do those in the media think it’s right to try to discredit black accomplishments but will not hold up the same light to white accomplishments?

  • JazzThing

    I absolutely agree. Beyonce can be the most popular woman as her fans wanted her to be BUT she’ll never be so talented as other true ARTISTS. You, the fans, must learn to Live it with that.

    Beyonce Sales aren’t more globally. She’s nobody in all Latinoamerica.

    And it’s not about hating on Beyonce, it’s just the awful truth ‘Beyonce Mafia’.

  • grandma

    you’re absolutley retarded… you’re comparing OLD ASS albums to beyonces new 2003 album… those albums were hella old.. when it was EASIAR to sell cds and Less burning of cds were going on..you’re facts are retarded.. it doesnt matter.. i bet you lauryn hill if she cam eout with an album right now.. it wouldnt go 8 million for sure.. mariahs new one didny.. nor did norah jones second cd.. so shut ur face? k thx bye love youuu

  • Liscious

    I want to emphasis that there is true Talent when listening to the voices of diva’s such as Mariah Careh and Toni Braxton and deserves all the credits. Beyonce is damn talented in terms of performance in overall. Her voice does not compare to the true diva’s as such but the chances are that she could make it but it will be with a support of some rap artist. The whatever machines she seems to be using will soon spit her like a wasted gum. What will she have to hold onto? Her voice! Big no, no. True divas like Toni still had their voice to hold onto. Who can ignore the angelic voice of Mariah?

  • http://www.thenubianoproject.com Clayton Perry

    The simple fact, sir/madame, is that, despite the massive PR machine that perpetually propels Beyonce into the spotlight, her numbers don’t match up with all the hype. Granted, many of the albums are from the pre-Napster/iTunes era. However, Norah Jones’ debut, Come Away With Me, came only ONE year before Beyonce’s Dangerously In Love. [Come Away With Me was released on February 26, 2002 and Dangerously In Love was released on June 24, 2003.] Regardless of the shifting dynamics of the industrial landscape or commercial sales, there is no excuse. Norah went diamond, with over 10 million in U.S. sales, and Beyonce sold only 4 million. One year of technological advancement does not account for roughly the large gap, considering the PR blitzes unleashed Beyonce’s camp. C’mon, sir/madame. This was supposed to be her BREAKOUT album– shedding her “less-talented” Destiny Child “tag-a-longs”. And you mean to tell me that she’s only moving 317,000 copies “out the gate” and 4 million over 3 years?!? Face it… Beyonce’s sales don’t match the hype of the MASSIVE Knowles marketing machine.

  • chi chi

    just cant wait till she gets an oscar for dream girls and see what y’all haters wil say

  • fred

    i respect beyonce and all but i agree with this article she s getting too much publicity and people think she s “all that” where all and all so many artists have done so much more and indured much more troubles and get where they are today and get no promotion (ie, toni braxton)

  • Liscious

    Totally agree with this article and in support of “Fred”. True what you say there. Toni has a beautiful voice, distinct – I mean there is no other voice like hers but had a downfall but true talent won’t fade away. She’s back and doing well in balance. Mariah careh has gone through the same and came out much more stronger. Whitney however had a rough time but her situation is different – voice gone due to drugs! I’m no hater of Beyonce infact, I have all the singles she released but this B’day ulbum thing gives a good sign of where she’s going. Did i mention down the drain? No, but she’s not a diva. She is just the next Britney – in your face whether you like it or not! The media keeps them going not the talent.

  • Ross

    That had to be some of the most ignorant shit i’ve heard in a long time. You sound just like a tru hata for real!!! Instead of knocking what she hasn’t accomplished, Yet, give her props for what she has a-hole. The fact of the matter is she has one awards, regardless solo or with a group. How many do you have? Diva

  • joe

    totally and absolutely agree. Beyonce is talented, no doubt, but too much publicly exposed, she`s everywhwre and it`s tiring…

  • Renee39120

    Beyonce is not a diva, she is a REVOLUTIONARY ICON Don’t get that twisted. You are obviously jealous. You saying that she didn’t win those awards on her own is a lie– when Beyonce sang with destinys child she used her own voice, immaculate talents, and genius. So yes, she does have 11 grammys and she earned ALL of them. What Beyonce has done may not blend in with the mediocre success of other so called divas you named and I’m gladf she dont!!! If she did she wouldn’t be who she is. The fact that she has started and followed her own path is what puts her waay over the rest. She’s SPECIAL and she’s priceless. She is music’s PROMISED CHILD, a rock solid bonafide artist. She has 100x’s the beauty, 100x’s the talent, and 100x’s the blessing it takes to continue to aspire in front and inspite of all you HATERS.
    She won 5 Grammys on one night with all for her own solo album. Besides who needs to go diamond when they have 140 million units sold in record sales!!!! Lauryn went diamond but “Where is she now?”!!!(he he)Janet? Paleease!!! She is not talented nor is she an original artist. She is the surrogate child of plastic surgery and and a huge bitter from her brother Micheal. If I were music I would have only one question for Janet, maybe two.
    1) What have you done for me lately?
    2) Out of all that you have done, how much of it was of substance?
    You get me?….
    You’re take on her collaborations are tacky, trashy, and stupid and all together unfazing. You should have given her CREDIT in your article and you could have been mistaken as a true critic. Beyonce is the collabo queen. Who else has done that? Beyonce is the best and when you put the best with the best, MAGIC is DESTINED to happen. AND? The rest is HISTORY.
    Who can’t listen to Beyonce with their eyes closed? It must be you because 140 million records surely don’t testify to that. She sold 17 million albums on her own and to be quite honesyt with you she could easily take credit for all her MEGA SAMASH HITS like Independent Woman, Survivor, and 95% of all of Destiny’s Child’s success. We all know that Without Beyonce, DC would’ve only sold about 10 million albums. Need proof? What have the rest of them done solo? You get the picture. Moving along- Where did Janet get her dances from? Micheal. Where did Micheal get his dances from? James Brown. Where did James Brown get his dances from? Elvis. I rest my case !!!!!!! Whoever Beyonce takes her cues from it is evidence that that it would be Tina, Barbara Streisand, diana Ross; it’s fluid- meaning that each one of their crowns started somewhere and where handed down and passed along in afluid manner to the next naturally possessed artist. Beyonce is a product of greatness. No bull****!!
    It is evident that Beyonce is SOOOO HUGE and TALENTED and FLAWLESS that you have to become what a scientist is to a preacher– a victim of flawed research!! Take it. Accept it. Slam it. From the looks and the proof of it if Beyonce isn’t a DIVA is because she is not hot air, vanity, and smoke sceens. It’s because she is a character possessing, god-fearing, elegant, classy, pioneering, seriious, and self respecting young woman. She is cut from the best fur/ she is royalty/Yes sir. You can’t buy that shit, you either have it or you dont.

  • Renee39120

    LOS ANGELES (Billboard) – Turns out Beyonce’s birthday is not just a celebration for the singer, but for the whole music industry.

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    The No. 1 bow by her second solo album, “B’Day,” also signals the first time in four months that album sales beat those of the comparable 2005 sales week.

    Released September 5, the day after her 25th birthday, it opens with 541,000 copies, 59 percent more than the 317,000 first-week sales that greeted her first solo album, “Dangerously in Love,” in 2003.

    There was only one period in the seven-album career of her group, Destiny’s Child, when she had a larger sales week: Third set “Survivor” began at 663,000 in May 2001.

    The improvement over her first solo album’s start is no surprise. With this record arriving just a few months before her starring role in “Dreamgirls” hits screens in December, Beyonce’s celebrity has never been greater, fetching beaucoup ink in magazines and newspapers.

    Her August 31 performance at MTV’s Video Music Awards set the stage for “B’Day.” The video for second single “Ring the Alarm” was MTV’s most-played clip during release week (29 plays) and also was among the 10 most-played videos at BET and VH1 Soul. The song enters the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 12, her highest debut either solo or with Destiny’s Child.

    Beyonce’s opening sum is the best Nielsen SoundScan week by any solo artist this year. It is the third-largest total by any 2006 album, exceeded only by Rascal Flatts’ “Me and My Gang” (722,000) and Tool’s “10,000 Days” (564,000).

    “B’Day” is the fifth album in 2006 to start in the half-million-plus club, compared with four during the first 36 sales weeks of 2005.

    RISING TIDE

    Beyonce’s “B’Day” becomes the 25th album to bow at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 2006, but it manages a feat few of those have accomplished. Namely, it paces a gain over last year’s same-week album sales.

    Mind you, it’s a slim gain of less than 1 percent, but a victory, nonetheless.

    This signals the first uptick over comparable-week 2005 album volume since May and the first since April that wasn’t triggered by a holiday shift.

    The Mother’s Day spike of 7.9 percent posted in the week that ended May 14 was a mirage, as the gift-giving occasion happened a week later in 2006 than it did in 2005. Similarly, the 20 percent advance reported for the week ending April 16 compared this year’s Easter frame to a non-holiday week.

    The two weeks leading up to Easter were the last occasions before now when album volume rose without the benefit of a calendar quirk.

    In the one that ended April 2, when rapper T.I. bowed at No. 1 with a 522,000-unit start for “King,” album sales were up by 4 percent over the same 2005 frame. A week later, the 700,000-plus start for the aforementioned Rascal Flatts album led a 15 percent rise in album volume.

    Those advances were the first ones posted since the very first stanza of 2006, a rally that followed consecutive gains in the tracking weeks that ended with Christmas and New Year’s Day.

    Now that a crowded list of A-level talent is releasing albums in the last four months of the year, can the industry cut the 5 percent gap from last year’s album pace? Not a safe bet, because the last four months of any year are chock-full of new superstar albums.

    In the last trimester of 2003, a September-December rally that included new releases from the likes of OutKast, Alicia Keys, Toby Keith, the Beatles and Clay Aiken cut the prior-year album gap from 8.5 percent at the end of August to a more digestible 3.6 percent deficit by year’s end.

    But in 2004, almost all of the 7.2 percent gain over prior-year sales built during the first eight months got coughed up, slimming to a mere 1.3 percent lead by the year’s 52nd week, despite a high-profile parade during the last four months that included new albums from U2, Shania Twain, Green Day and Ray Charles.

    The gap in prior-year album sales increased slightly during the last four months of 2001 and 2002, but narrowed during the last trimester of 2005.

    This year’s march continues in the coming week with Justin Timberlake’s “FutureSex/ LoveSounds,” which like “B’Day” had an initial shipment of 1.3 million and is projected to start with sales of around 600,000.

  • ASHANTI

    she can change soo many note is one song like lightening. She has a stellar 8 OCTAVE VOICE silly ones and she cannot sing, she can SANG!!!!
    Check DANGEROUSLY IN LOVE and LISTEN.

    “i JUST MAKE THE HITS LIKE A FACTORY/ WHY YOU MAD AT ME?”

  • Jason

    I Agree 100% ….. Beyonce & Any Other New Artists Must Earn The Title Diva… She Still Has A Long Way To Go…. But No Doubt She’ll Make It Eventully, Right Now Shes Just A Diva In Training !!! Sales Are The Most Important But It Also Takes Attitude, Respect, Celebrity, Etc. To Be Called A Diva !!!

  • curt

    Maybe bee is not a diva, or a legend but she is only 25, only had one solo album and still sold 4 million in a music slump. People forget that. The girl sold 4 million in the US on her debut album in a industry selling slump and she has the 3rd highest selling album the first week and in a music industry slump. You can not compare record sales to now. People burn CDs, buy bootlegs, download CDs and listen to them without having to buy the album. Is she all that? Ok, she is not. Fine. Has she accomplish a lot and has the potential to accomplish more? Yeah. Even you admit that she is talented so that is not an issue and if she wants to stay in the business she has longevity because her ability to perform. Maybe she goes to Vegas and keep her name out there if she fall off like J5 did back in the day. The point is she can perform like no other and that will keep her there even if her record sales aren’t the highest.

  • http://haters haters

    yasll are just hating.. OK shes a diva.. shes already considered a diva.. dont get it twisted.. SHES A DIVA end of story K BYE>>>

  • http://Haters KMS

    All you guys are haters…Beyonce is a diva many of u couldn’t do what she do if it was givin to yall…yall just hating because she got it all

  • http://breathoffreshink.com Chris Evans

    Lmfao @ 8 Octave range

  • alleksa madz

    Oooo,this critic is so against Beyonce.However,I agree with some facts,but CRAZY IN LOVE IS MY FAVOURITE SONG IN LAST 10 YEARS!!!It will be always on my favourite mp3’s playlist.
    That song is so big and strong,with or without Jay Z on it.It wasn’t popular ’cause Jay has few intereting sentences on it.So powerful melody,so awesome song and video,too.Destiny’s child weren’t so popular ’cause of Kelly or Michell,Le Toya…the main reason for adoring them was Beyonce.Group is nothing without her.Look,most LP’s copies buy teens,that’s why Britney or some female group like Destiny’s have that selling results.C’mon Beyonce is so better solo…
    I agree that new album isn’t perfect,has NO strong singles,but her voice on it is so beatiful and melodic.
    True,she is gettin’ public too much,we are little tired with her in our lives every day…
    Your critic is pretty negative about her.

  • Obvious

    So what if she isn’t a diva? That isn’t something she should be aspiring to. Secondly, she stated she wasn’t a diva in an interview, so your article is a waste. You spend so much time disqualifying her for a title she has no interesting in placing on herself.

    LMAO at 8 octave range!!!! HAHHAHAHAHA. That is a big lie. She is an excellent singer in any case.

  • Mitchell

    Articles like this really get under my skin. I’m sick and tired of people discounting the true talents of Beyonce. Beyonce is a Diva. She was the star of Destiny’s Child. And rightfully so, if I left a 6 figure a year job to manage a girl group, my baby would be front and center too. She is the talent that all up and coming singers/entertainers are chasing.

    Name one new artist that can hold a candle to Lady B. There is not one. Beyonce is well on her way, she is a true artist. She can sing, dance and write. In addition, this young women sells every single performance. Can Ashanti hold a candle to Be? Don’t make me laugh. Can Alicia hold a key to Be? She’s pretty but that’s not enough.Can Latoya or Fantasia hold a key to Lady B? That’s definitely a rhetorical question.

    Lady B, is a diva- She can give it to you like Whitney, Aretha, Janet and even Josephine Baker. Yes Josephine ( see the de ja vue video). When another young upcoming star can dethrone her, that article than and only than, will carry some validity.

  • http://www.salonely.blogspot.com reggie von woic

    lets just say that Beyonce is not a diva…yet and leave it at that.

    i’m sorry but please don’t even capitalize the “b” in beyonce when it occurs in the same sentence as Mariah, Whitney, Alanis or ARETHA-that’s just insulting to the real divas.

    nice research Renee, comment #38.
    scroll up you guys!

  • Hehas

    Where did you buy your Haterade?

  • Ruben Brown

    Some of you young people don’t don’t really know what you are talking about. You all only know what is current and just fail to veiw the history of what has made what’s here today. If it wasn’t for the legend artist like Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, Glady’s Knight, Prince, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross and Barry White
    many of the top artist wouldn’t be here.

    Yes, Beyonce has used her group members to get on top. Then used other artist to get record sales. She has used them with them knowing what her intentions were. Beyonce isn’t a Diva.

    She is milking the entertainment industry for her benifit.

  • I Know You See It

    I think that when your father is the manager of the group, your mother is the “stylist” (and I do use that word loosely,lol), and you kick out other talented members of the group (letoya luckett, etc…); that there is a good chance you’re gonna be perceived as the most “talented”.

    I think it’s pretty obvious that Destiny’s Child was a vehicle to launch Beyonce’s solo career, especially after the success of “Writings On the Wall”.

    I also think that one way Beyonce can prove that she deserves this “Diva” status is by touring ALONE…

    All the greats have.

  • Mrsmoovbrotha

    This argument is completely ridiculous. First of all you cant compare Beyonce’s record sales to those of Mariah Carey, and Toni Braxton. The top artist of today are not selling as many records as those of the early 90s. Yea they are few, Eminem, 50 cent, but for the most part album sales are down across the entire industry. 4 million records is pretty good compared to how much the top female artists are now selling, not to mention the millions of records Beyonce has sold so far. In comparisont to christinia can we really consider her debut accredited to her talents alone or the teen pop phenomenon that was going on in the late 90’s. It must be note that Stripped Christinia’s Stripped album sold 4 million copies to, and didnt have as nearly as many #1 hits as Beyonce’s Dangeroulsy In Love. Christinia first CD was when all the teen acts were selling millions of records including Beyonce with Destiny’s Child(8 million sold) Nora Jones and Lauryn Hill cant be considered divas because their music for the most part is not played on mainstream pop radio. Since when has Nora had the number song in the country. A diva is someone whose music nto only sales well but can be promoted to a super popular artist whose can be attched to anything or any product and make it sell well. They do not necesarily have to sell the most records but they gain so much media attention because they are truly want the overall public, not just their fanbase, wants to see. They are in movies, in commercials, on the cover magazines, and many other media outlets not just related to music. Beyonce has been able to establish herself as that kind of artist; therefore she is a diva. She has appeared in pepsi commercials, number one movies, and sold millions of records worldwide. As of now the only music divas are Christinia Aguilara, Shakira, and Beyonce. Britney used to be a diva, but now is just a taloid queen.

  • James

    I agree with everything the article said. Beyonce is not a true DIVA. And yes, she can sing, but not like the Big 4:Aretha, Patti, Whitney, and Mimi, anyone who says otherwise is sick!

  • tony

    One of the biggest diva’s of our time is Miss Diana Ross and to-date, she has not won a single Grammy her entire career. I only mention this because that was used as an argument to strip Beyonce of her diva-status.

    I agree that she’s yet to make a memorable, or signature song, but she’s young and learning. I can say there is a Beyonce’ feel with her music, that has to count for something.

  • http://unitedkingdom Tamika Brown

    shut the fuck up u gelous cunts beyonce can sing better than ur mum and da rest of the world so dont hate apprciate……………….
    dont start beef wid a nigga

  • http://unitedkingdom kyle brown

    beyonce is the greatest song writer and singer of women history,pop and r’n’b music would not be here with out ‘B’so i think all the people that dis likes her should not be aloud to say shit because gelous prople do not get anywhere in life so stop u haters she sings from the heart and soul.BEYONCE U ARE THE QUEEN DIVA DON’T LET NO ONE TELL U LESS.

  • http://unitedkingdom RUDE BROWN

    GO KYLE TELL THE TRUTH B IS DA BEST SO DONT BE HATIN

  • http://unitedkingdom ANTHONY

    B STANDS FOR THE BEST BEYONCE THATS ALL I HAVE TO SAY

  • http://unitedkingdom ty

    there are computers this days,and no one of the artist like lauren hill will sell not as near as beyonce sells u gelous people

  • http://unitedkingdom kyle anthony brown

    beyonce acully sold 12 million worldwide wit dangersouly in love so she is the best and no one songwritin or voice is as good as hers!

  • http://jamaica jill

    beyonce was not up for nomin for best new artist at the grammy awards in 2004 because she is not new as a artist she was first a member of desting’s child and then she did a song called work it out so thats why she was not up for nomin and she has just done two albums and the next grammys are next year but she has won 5 grammys al ready and she will all ways win 3 in each album she does, but watch out her new album b’day wil get 6 includin record and album watch and see how a real superrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrstar is and a oscar.bless god

  • ray

    You fail to notice that ALL the artists you have compared with Beyonce’s debut albums have been released MUCH LONGER, and the artists THEMSELVES have been out much longer! you have to take these things into perspective for a powerful argument!

  • Shaun

    The comments made are vey unfortunate. What is left out and not noted is that with the advent of the internet and internet music downloads, album sales have significantly decreased. You can therefore not compare the sale of albums released in the 90’s to those released in the past 5 years. Piracy has become big business, Beyonce’s album was even widely available on the internet long before its release.

    We therefore have to remember the context; the music industry has changed. Comparing the Billboard Charts of 10yrs and the present is evidence of that. Today its difficult for any artist to get a diamond-selling album. During the 90’s it was a different story and a multitude of artist were able to get some. I bet you havent thought of that.

  • VA

    who cares that beyonce won 9 grammys with other people they hers. this article was pointless beyonce is a true artist her voice is incredible i don’t know why people hatin on her obeviously you can’t do what she do so of course lets hate on her and compare her to the divas in the past sorry this is a new time and day and BEYONCEis or diva all you people always want to criticize somebody put your self in her shoes and have to read all the negative things people have to say. This article really pisses me off and i can capitialize the damn B cause she is hottttt and her new album just changed the game forget sales and all that dumb shit u just wrote u jackass her voice is bangin and shes gonna do big things something u can’t do cuz u hatin writing this dumb ass article!!!!!!

  • ed

    SHE IS A DIVA. I THINK THIS. WHAT YOU THINK? IT’S NO MATTER TO ME. ONLY WHAT I FEEL WHEN I HEAR HER SONG, EVERY SONG THAT SEH SING, SAY ME THAT SHE IS A DIVA.

  • Scott

    First, I want to say that Beyonce has a very nice voice. Much better than Ashanti, Britney, or any of the other bubblegum contempories mentioned. The direction she has chosen to go with her music (transitioning from “singer” music to “performer” music) is where she has left much to be desired.

    The industry has pushed forward the societal ideal that the “best artists” of today have to do EVERYTHING. Beyonce is an above average singer, a below average dancer, and a mediocre overall performer. She is not judged musically off of her fan-base or her beauty, but off of her product. Considering she’s a really good singer, would it kill someone to actually put on song on her album that accentuates her voice? I feel we miss the best part of Beyonce in her effort to show how “superstar” and how many different hats she can put up.

    It is very difficult for our young generation to understand what makes music great. We’ve been watered-down by artists with zero creativity, slim-to-none drive, a synthesizer and a repeated beat. Producers make great SOUNDING music today, but once upon a time, it was the artist who MADE this song. And out of respect to the artists of the past and the few artists of today who do MAKE their songs, you won’t ever hear me applaud “products” like Beyonce or anything like it.

  • IP

    fantastic, illuminating piece. And I dig Beyonce as a songwriter, but this really puts some perspective on her stardom

  • Jay

    This article was pointless. Beyonce doesn’t desire to be a DIVA, so I really don’t understand what this article was trying to prove. And I find it very peculiar that you so happen to leave out a lot of other info, such as her worldwide record sales. But oh well, what can you expect from the usual HATERS.

  • KatyKane

    I’m a Beyonce fan but I really don’t have enough energy to critically analyze her career. But I will say this, what’s wrong with great sounding music? Maybe that’s where music is going,where the real superstars are the producers. I love Beyonce’s music because it’s fun and sassy.And maybe that’s what the generation is about,being young,successful and confident.Beyonce’s success and even hip-hop in general reflects what the society values:youth,success,beauty and independence.But to be honest I really don’t understand what the big deal is. Let the girl live her life and sell her records, if you don’t like it then change the station. But to me every time I see her own tv or a magazine it reminds me that it’s okay to dream big and to pursue it with everything inside you. I don’t feel a huge connection with “the great 4″ because when they were popular I was too young to care. I mean I liked there music and I still know all the words to their songs,but I don’t feel like they represent me as a young black woman.But this is silly, I don’t need to explain why I am a fan. There are several artist other than Beyonce that deserve to be put on the stand (such as the Mickey Mouse club compadres:britney,christina and justin,out of all three of them Christina is the only one that can sing)

  • will

    what happpene to beyonce check on it video?

  • kay

    This was a CRAP article. The author is nothing but a BEYONCE hater, let’s just face it…and why are we continuing to make comparisons…no two people are alike, not even identical twins. Beyonce is her own person, she’s different from the rest of the “divas” mention. Furthermore, I bet some of the people mentioned as divas, don’t want to be characterized that way, who even cares about being a diva, other then flammers!!!!

  • Nakyta

    I agree 100% until you say and I quote “Beyoncé’s music can not be appreciated with one’s eyes closed. Although I wish Beyonce’s lyrics had more depth and Volume like Whitney Houston’s and Aretha Franklin, Beyonce has a beautiful voice and her vocal arrangements are out of control- in a good way :)
    For someone with the vocal talent that Beyonce possesses, I wish she would concentrate on her lyrics than her moves and looks.
    Other than that, great article and for the most part, right on point!
    nakrich2000 at yahoo .com

  • Nakyta, MD

    Some of the people writing thier comments didn’t even read what Clayton wrote. He’s not doggin Beyonce and he addresses her talent. He’s also not saying that Beyonce shouldn’t think that she’s a diva. He’s saying that OTHER’s ARE CALLING HER A DIVA! The math proves that she hasn’t been as successful as other artist. Whether people aren’t buying CD’s as much as before or what remains to be seen. She hasn’t had a song that REALLY show cases her OUTSTANDING VOICE!!! Stop cursing and bad mouthing someone for their OPINION; especially if you aren’t READING or LISTENING to what thier saying. I’m sure their are people out their like-Asanti who SUCKS at singing. But people love Asanti. That’s their opinion. But Asanti can’t sing and Beyonce hasn’t sold as many records as others.
    These are the facts so DEAL!!!!

  • Artistical Merit

    The most important element that he touches on in this article is the commerical aspect of Beyonce. I think everyone can admit that her voice is far better than other pop stars like the Pussycat Dolls, or Brooke Hogan, or Paris Hilton, but Beyonce’s music still lacks the depth and breadth of artists like Alicia Keys, Norah Jones, and Lauryn Hill. The three artists I just mentioned were able to strike an emotional feeling in their music that Beyonce just can’t seem to duplicate. I am not really a fan of Beyonce’s music besides the entertaining songs that they play in clubs for their sheer entertainment value, but I always hope that she will prove me wrong and come out with something original and deep. She seems pretty surface level and seems content playing this role of character-less, pop song singing, glitz and glamour R&B SINGER as opposed to an artist who has feelings, thoughts, and sentiments that she would like to express through music. I can only fault her history and seeing all these programs about how from an early age all they wanted was a record contract and to be commercial artists. She doesn’t seem to have had a life that enables her to be artistic, it seems like it was always a highly crafted act. I think the author’s perspective on this blog, was just to get people to recognize that. Recognize the difference between a true artist and a commercial product that was created soley for the consumption of mass audiences. Beyonce is selling records, getting commercial deals, and laughing all the way to the bank, however seeing her on tv trying to portray a legtimate artist is a bit of a joke and offensive to artists like Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys, and Norah Jones who are trying to take music somewhere different.

  • BEYONCE’S FAN!!!

    WHOEVER WROTE THIS PIECE, WHETHER YOU WERE TRYING TO CRUSH HER OR NOT(AND YOU WERE),YOU’RE SIMPLY JEALOUS AND A HATER. AND EVERYONE ELSE WHO AGREES WITH IT IS TOO. WHEN HAVE YOU EVER BEEN NOMINATED FOR ONE GRAMMY? YOU HAVEN’T SOLD 4 MILLION RECORDS, SO UNTIL YOU DO SOME OF THE THINGS BEYONCE’S DONE, WITH DESTINY’S CHILD OR WITH OUT, SHUT YOUR MOUTH. AND FOR THE RECORD, BEYONCE IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST DIVA’S IN THE INDUSTRY. AND AS FAR AS YOU, ALL YOU DO IS SIT AT HOME ALL DAY LONG AND FIND OUT WHO YOU CAN TRY AND BRING DOWN BECAUSE YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LIVE FOR. YOU SIT AROUND AND WRITE ARTICLES SUCH AS THIS ONE, HOPING IT WILL GET YOU SOMEWHERE. GUESS WHAT, IT WON’T. SO INSTEAD OF HATING ON BEYONCE BECAUSE SHE’S DOING THINGS YOU COULDN’T EVEN DREAN OF DOING, YOU NEED TO SIT BACK AND SHUT THE F*** UP. OKAY?

  • http://ucare,SO Maley

    PPL PLZ GET A GRIP B IS DA SHIT, 2 BADD “Good singers” r fadded away b real dats the way it is in dis world!

  • LaSheba

    I AGREE…PLEASE TELL IT HONEY CAUSE!! BEYONCE IS TRAINED STAR, NOT A REAL ONE

  • seriousspy

    Totally agree with your estimation. And sadly, I think its the beginning of the end for her…Im a fan, but can’t help but feel she believes shes peaked…And she hasnt. She needs more time to work on her art, but her PR machine make her believe shes there already… She wont last much longer. But she can sing and has impacted the industry. Shes a good singer…but divas debatable…

  • angela

    Beyonce is just a Diva wanabe destiny’s child made Beyonce but its sad how beyonce and her pareents make the other members look like her maids.
    -beyonce is given the best clothes
    -she wears a different clothe while the others wear thesame like twins
    – 2/3 of every video focuses on beyonce alone and the others are seen when its time for the chorus

  • angela

    Beyonce is just a Diva wanabe destiny’s child made Beyonce but its sad how beyonce and her pareents make the other members look like her maids.
    -beyonce is given the best clothes
    -she wears a different clothe while the others wear thesame like twins
    – 2/3 of every video focuses on beyonce alone and the others are seen when its time for the chorus

  • jay

    It’s sad when someone has to take the time to type all this up in what could’ve been summed up with, “I don’t get what the big deal is with Beyonce”.

    Records sales do not reflect impact. Ok, her debut solo album has sold four million. How many did Janet sell of “Janet Jackson”? How many did the Fugee’s “Blunted On Reality” sell? Mariah Carey’s biggest album, “Daydream” came after three other solo albums. Comparing someone on their second solo album (much less their first) to artists who have been established for years speaks volumes about the true knowledge of the author.

    Creating a group on Facebook about an article you wrote, writing this article in the first place…perhaps someone else needs to be reminded of who is not a diva.

  • Miss Info

    Ok Ok I’m going to end all this chit chatter in here. #1. It doesn’t matter if Beyonce has talent or not, she is well paid then all of us on this blog site! #2 Everyone is entitled to his/her opinions, so let’s stop bashing one another. This is why God has put so many different singers/entertainers on this earth (talented or not) because we all CANNOT like the same things, that’s life!!! #3 The real question should be, if Miss Aaliyah had not left this earth, would Beyonce have been as big in the public eye as she is now? Things that make you go hummmmm… Point in case we all experience music on different levels. What maybe great music to someone else may not be to the next person! Point being IF YOU DON’T LIKE A PARTICULAR ARTIST MUSIC, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BUY THEIR ALBUM. YOU CAN CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE ARTIST MUSIC THAT IS IMPORTANT TO YOU AND ONLY YOU!

  • MMM

    I can understand if people like Beyonce for whatever reason… but you can deny the superficiality of her subject material… just a reflection of our society today… glitz and sexuality will get you everywhere, whereas depth and wittiness probably wont….

  • http://aol.com trey

    Beyonce is a wonderful talented singer, shes not going any where,she will be around for may years to come.Whitney Houston is not as popular as she used to be and cannot sing,neither can mariah carey hit those high notes,she sounds raspy and like her voice is static. Beyonce is at the height of her carrer just like all celebs, let her hae her time because shes out there,shes not over rated like lindsay or jessic simpson,who cant’ hit a high note.

  • http://www.myspace.com/blakrockchick blakrockchick

    You know, whenever you’re on the top there are silly people around trying to bring you down. It’s crazy to me that you would try to discount the success of DC and not attribute that to the WRITER AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER of ALL of their hits! Not only can this girl sing, she makes the music. Can Toni Braxton say that? No. Can Whitney Houston say that? No. Can Britney Spears say that? No. I might dare say it’s racist for you to ‘not count’ worldwide sales. I mean, is our music just for US? I don’t think so. Stop hating. Not to mention that Beyonce is the first black woman to ever receive the ASCAP writer of the year award!! Get over it. Beyonce is a DIVA!!

  • http://unitedkingdom ruben

    all of u haters can suck ur mums side ways a suck ur dad u evil people and i dont see why u try it, because i dont think u wil every be a star so fuk ur self and ur family u pussylickers

  • assfan

    I am a Huge fan of beyonces ass, that fact that she can sing is just a bonus

  • http://angela angela umeh

    beyonce is the best singer i have ever seen. i want to be a singer and i want to be successful like her.

  • PHILLY

    IF SHE IS THE BEST SINGER YOU HEARD.. YOU MUST LIVE ON MARS..OR BE VERY YOUNG..LIKE 12 OR 13.

    ANYAY, HER B-DAY ALBUM WILL NOT SELL AS MUCH AS HER 1ST..I GIVE HER 1-2 MORE YEARS. SHW ILL NOT HAVE ALONG CAREER LIKE WHITNEY OR JANET..
    SHE IS FALLING OFF NOW..

    HER 3RD ALBUM WILL BE THE BREAKING POINT.

  • NE YORK

    GIRL’S WHO LIKE HER MUSIC REALLY JUST WISH THEY WERE HER AND LOOKED LIKE HER..

    ON SOME SONGS ON B-DAY A START OUT GOOD. BUT FALL FLAT.

    SHE CAN SCREAM BUT SHE CAN NOT SING ALL LIKE THAT. SHE CAN’T

    AND LIKE PHILLY SAID..THIS ALBUM WILL NOT SELL AS MUCH AS THE 1ST

    SHE IS LOOSING HER AUDIENCE AND THAT IS NOT A GOOD THING.

  • KARINNE

    I AM PROUD OF BEYONCE..VERY PROUD. AND I ADMIRE HER ALOT…SHE IS A SMART BUSINESS WOMAN. I AM PROUD SHE IS A BLACK WOMAN.

    “YOU MUST KNO ‘BOUT ME” THAT IS RIGHT BEES

  • Angrier than thou.

    What is so special about Beyonce? The woman is not a good singer. She has no voice control, she dances like a yeti on coke, and for her to compare herself to the utterly awesome and groundbreaking Josephine Baker is a really low blow.

    Let’s face it, There are better singers out there. Anything that Beyonce sings will never become a Standard in 10 years. It will be some crap noise.

    To the Beyonce fans – people have their opinions of the woman, now shut the fuck up and go play outside. You’re not paying a single bill of hers nor is she paying a bill of yours.

    (Also, to one of the posters – If Aaliyah was still here, Beyonce would still be big because BLACK FOLK buy Aaliyah’s CDs, whereas more white kids buy Beyonce. Beyonce has been better accepted by the white media than Aaliyah.

    Am I a hater for expressing my opinion. No. I have one, and just because it doesn’t correspond with the rest of you tweenies doesn’t mean that I hate her. Hate is a strong word, and the term hater is so overused that you need to go play in some oncoming traffic if you still use it. If you dipshits learned how to read, it said in the first line that “THIS IS NOT A HATE BEYONCE PIECE”

    There is nothing Revolutionary about Beyonce. She is a product of her time. You want a superb singer – there’s Mary J. Blige, who has lasted FOREVER, and doesn’t need to be glitzy and cutesy to make it – she can make it on her voice alone.

    If you don’t like the article, don’t read. It’s that simple.

  • Lovleelaydee

    Beyonce appeals the ADD generation. She’s mostly visual. Her material lacks depth, her songs are superficial and lack meaning. Does that mean she’s not talented? NO. But Beyonce is 25 years old and I wish she would start writing songs that have a little more depth and maturity to them. Its ok to have a few sassy/sexy songs but an entire album of them at her age is really disappointing.
    Mariah Carey in my opinion falls in this category also. She is way to old for the material/product she is marketing.

    That is why I will always be a Mary J, Lauryn Hill fan they represent REAL MUSIC. Music that takes you somewhere. Songs that you can turn on to match any mood. When I hear Lauren’s Ex Factor it always takes me to place I was with an ex, and Hell pick any of Mary’s songs…

    Beyonce=not a true artist, but a packaged commercial. But hey she’s making a living with it and I dont fault her. Just dont call me a fan

  • kayle

    she can’t sing but i can

  • beefan

    You talk about Bee’s songs have no depth ok have you not heard Survivor, Me,Myself and I, Story of Beauty, Stand up For Love, and Listen that is just a few do you know how many people those songs have helped especially The Story of Beauty which is about a girl getting molested and wanting to kill herself but Beelet that girl know its not her fault and that girl sent Bee a letter thanking her. And can’t sing you didn’t see her on the Grammys, or Oprah, or when she did the Star Spangled Banner I mean you don’t have to like her and im sure she wouldn’t want to be a diva anyway but she has helped people and I am one of those people so don’t be so hard on her she is human she does have feelings

  • deebie

    I JUST DON’T SEE WHAT THE BIG DEAL IZ ABOUT HER-AND NO-I AM NOT HATIN’-SHE SOUNDS LIKE SOMEBODY USED HER FOR A SALT SHAKER AND SHE DANCES LIKE TINA TURNER-

  • Willie

    Christina AGuilera is far way better than Beyonce. Although Beyonce isn’t as bad as she is, she can still be loved. I mean she can write songs but cannot sing as Christina.. Bett

  • p62

    will you hating ass people shut the fuck up
    Beyonce don’t give a fuck about yall hating on her she is making her money.

  • yolanda cleveland

    please people stop hating on beyonce because she is a total diva, and she has the awards, the personality, the look, and her voice to prove it. i know that she is so fascinating to the point that you just want to find something about her that is wrong. well too bad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nika

    You silly people. Have you actually watched Beyonce “sing” live? Have you heard her? There is not one singer in this list that could make Beyonce’s voice fade. The girl sings like an angel. She is not manufactured. She is blessed. It is a shame that untalented people always feel the need to tear down the gifted.

  • FLASHBACK

    umm dis bitc talkin all dis shit talkin bout dis aint no hatin on beyonce piece when clearly it is, and bitch u really need to stop cause u aint nowhere near B’s level so shut the fuck up and mad cause she takin’ over the game, along with ciara, and Mary J; with the three blowing all those hoes u just named out of the water, and even with Destiny’s Child beyonce was kinda a solo artist, being that she was the only one singin in most of they songs, and all dem most dem record sales should go to her, im not sayin dat the other two arent talented cause i luv me sum kelly (cant wait for the new album, but beyonce is the force that pushed them to the top and bitch u really need to Upgrade yo damn info and know that Beyonce is one of the biggest most talented DIVAS on the fuckin planet, and im tellin you she aint goin, because miss B is fuckin IRREPLACEABLE, and janet need to sit the fuck down wit dat lame ass album she got; shit u bobble-head bitch, u must not kno bout B, u must not kno bout B, she aint goin nowhere so get used to seeing her big divalicious ass for many years to come, and the last bitch said it the best Beyonce aint no god damn product, she is fuckin gifted and u should listen to her live; anyother time she may seem like a shy little girl explorin the diva world, but let yo untalented, jealous ass catch her onstage and watch the world’s one and only true diva:Sausha jump out on yo ass, and aint nobody even finna come close to takin her ass down, so now bitch why dont u go talk about dem bitches dat really aint divas like christina milian, rihanna, and dem other hoes i cant think of right now, BYE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • FLASHBACK

    i see i have to come back and lay it down again, beyonce has taken the term diva to the next level, i mean the girl has grammys, mtv awards, bet awards, NAACP awards, and countless others, and she is nominated for the golden globes, and in a few years maybe she’ll get or be nominated for the oscars, no matter what this article you only talkin bout your guidelines of diva status, when u need to be goin by the real one, i mean beyonce is takin over, and there is no one out there in terms of a solo music artist than Beyonce, and bitch no matter if the songs was wit sum other niggas or not they are hers, and she got dem awards and #1 hits because they are Beyonce’s and bitch where is irreplaceable, i aint seen u mention dat song at all that is the most hottest song in history and of her carrer, and its where……..#1 bitch, and came in 2006 wit the number one hit (check on it) and ended 06′ and came into 07′ wit the #1 hit: IRREPLACEABLE, and also is consider the biggest girl group comeback ever, and thanks to B and Kelly (wit majority power goin to B) Destiny’s Child is the biggest selling girl group in the world and the biggest selling american group. I guess what im tryna to say is that a diva is to have the main features of:Image, Talent, The Voice, and the ability to perform (MIMI- can sing and is beutiful, but she had a slump and all she do when on stage is scream, JANET- has talent and is very beautiful along with mimi, but cant keep up with beyonce when it comes to combining dance and song during a performance, LAURYN- has amazing talent, but has no onstage talent;her at bet awards she tired quickly, WHITNEY- is just amazing, but lacks the appeal; nothin can save her now even if they broke up, ARETHA- dont live up to the hype ive heard everyone to be building upon her; i heard and saw that duet and i didn’t like it at all; it seem like she was screamin, and like her voice wasnt all that; if yall dont like that hit me up and tell me sum more songs of her cuz dats tha only one ive heard wit her, and then there is BEYONCE- youngest of the “GREAT DIVAS”, she has the body, the voice, she can dance, shes an actress, and the girl can put in down on stage; i really didn’t like deja vu but when she performed it at BET awards 06′ and at fashion rocks 06′ i loved it, and did yall see when she did listen on oprah she was amazing, and then there is irreplaceable on mtv when she sang i was blown away and anytime she performs she becomes bigger than life, also she is a singer/songwriter, producer, actress, and fashionista, i hate stupid low-life untalented jealous scum like whoever wrote dis, who try to bring down greats such as beyonce, bitch u got her twisted Beyonce is and will always be a Diva, so keep it movin bitch.

  • Michelle

    Why are her fans always so crazy and hostile? I mean, the boy is just expressing his opinion. If you truly believe she can sing then great, but just because someone doesn’t agree with that doesn’t mean they’re “hating”. The girl has the whole world under her spell. So stop getting all defensive! She’s not going anywhere no time soon, unfourtunately.

  • http://mimi yoli_2001

    Beyonce is overated. That is because of her father,and now she’s tring to break free of him and be her own person. But nobody wants to give her a chance because of her father. Remember she said that he would book her at events even when she said NO. But did them anyway because she didnt want to look bad. Remember she said she didnt let her father know she was recording B-DAY,becasue she want to do it her way without pressure. Beyonce needs a chance to prove she can do it on her own without her father pressuring her. Well about her being around long or not N/C. will see. loving everybody from the writer of this article, B-fans, and those who may have their opinions of her.

  • Amarie

    I COULD NOT AGREE MORE WITH THIS ARTICLE. IT IS NOT JUST AN OPINION, IT IS AN UNFORTUNATE TRUTH. ALL PEOPLE WHO KNOW OF BEYONCE SHOULD ALSO KNOW THAT SHE IS NOT A DIVA, EVEN IF YOU DONT WANT TO ADMIT IT- IT IS ALL SO FRIGHTENING HOW SHE SPORTS BLONDES WEAVES EVERYWHERE SHE GOES AND WEARS A TON OF MAKEUP TO ADD TO HER ARTIFICIAL AND MANUFACTURED FACADE, SHE ALSO NEEDS SPEECH LESSONS, ALONG WITH A REALITY CHECK- MEANING TRY NOT HAVING DADDY AND MOMMY BEHIND YOUR BACK TO STAND UP FOR YOU ALL OF THE TIME- GROW UP B. GET SOME ORIGINAL IDEAS FOR YOUR MUSIC VIDEOS, CONCERTS, AND CHOREOGRAPHY AND TREAT YOUR BACKUP DANCERS WITH RESPECT (LIKE PAY FOR THEIR FLIGHTS IF THEY TOUR WITH YOU, WHICH U DONT DO). THERE IS NO NEED TO BE STINGY WITH ALL YOUR MONEY FOR YOUR DANCERS (WHO HAVE THE TRUE TALENT), THEY ALONG WITH THE CHOREOGRAPHER, AND THE OTHER FOLKS INVOLVED ARE THE REASON YOUTHS MAY BELIEVE YOU ARE SO AMAZING BECAUSE YOU ARE A COPYCAT AND YOU STEAL, THANKS TO SHAKIRA, BRITNEY, MARIAH, JOSEPHINE BAKER, AMONG OTHER ARTISTS. NOT VERY PROFESSIONAL-NICE TRY BUT NO CIGAR. TRY NOT TO BE SO COMMERCIALIZED FOR ONCE IN YOUR LIFE, IS THAT POSSIBLE? THERE IS NO DOUBT IN MY MIND THAT U DO NOT DESERVE ALL OF THE CREDIT OR ATTENTION YOU HAVE GOTTEN-YOU SHOULD TAKE TIPS FROM LAURYN HILL, ALICIA KEYS, NORAH JONES= ALL ORIGINALITY & THEIR WORK CAN BE CLAIMED AS THEIR OWN. IT IS UNKNOWN TO ME & MANY OTHERS (WHO KNOW WHAT REAL QUALITY MUSIC IS) WHY, BUT IM PRETTY SURE YOUR ENTIRELY UNNATURAL LOOK IS WHY FOLKS WHO CANT DISTINGUISH BETWEEN FAKE AND REAL IS WHY THEY ARE SO OBSESSED WITH YOU-LIKE THEY HAVE BEEN BRAINWASHED, IF ONLY THEY KNEW BETTER. THERE IS ALSO NO NEED FOR THE HOUSE OF DEREON CLOTHING LINE, YOU HAVE ENOUGH MONEY ALREADY DEAR. WAY TO BE ARROGANT, HER HEAD DOES NOT NEED TO BE ANY BIGGER THAN IT ALREADY IS, IT WILL BLOW UP. I FEEL BAD FOR HER, IT WILL ALL GO TO HER HEAD SOON ENOUGH. IN HER OWN LITTLE WORLD WITH MOMMY, DADDY, AND JAY-Z. PRETTY PITIFUL. GOOD DAY, FOLKS!

  • its a new generation….DUHHH

    the reason why beyonce fans are so hostile is cause people are always tryin to discredit this girl with such amazing talent…..but ya know what this is 2007 MUSIC ISNT THE SAME ANYMORE…….WHITNEY AND MARIAH Was DECADES AGO…NOBODY WOULD LISTEN TO THAT KINDA MUSIC NOW PEOPLE DONT U GET IT………..WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFE ITS OBVIEOUS THAT ITS THE OLD PEOPLE WHO DONT LIKE BEYONCE….ITS A NEW GENRATION …..MOVE ALONG!!!!!!!!

  • pathetic bitch

    Amarie u sound sooo stupid that its sad…..how u guna come on this site talkin to beyonce like she reaading this…and second how u say she dont need the clothing line …..u have to be the most ignorant bitch i ever heard from……you need to get some serious help and watch the trya banks show….cause your insecurities/and jealousy is deffinatly showing boo boo….get a fuckin life beyonce is here boo deal with it…poor thing

  • daryl d

    I thought Beyonce was horrifying in Dream Girls. Her performance of “Listen” was flat and off-key. But, I may have to write an article defending Beyonce. She does not belong in the class of Madonna, Janet, Mariah, or Whitney, but she does not belong with the Britney Spears camp either. Despite the backlash against her that seems to be escalating, she has been very successful. “Irreplaceable” is not only an incredible song, but a very successful one too. Maybe it’s not her that makes me totally sick; it’s her daddy Matthew.

  • pathetic comment

    u obveious you have no idea what talent is….maybe u like j lo and britney lets not forrget paris hilton…thats who u like right…ugh

  • MiMi

    I am SO OVER this whole Beyonce topic! I can’t wait till the day when the media turns on her (seems like they’re starting to). After all, they build you up to tear you down, I mean look at Britney Spears (so sad).

  • MiMi

    Also, she takes way TOO MUCH credit for her so called “accomplishments.” She claims she writes the songs but if you check the credits, there’s always like 8 other people who have written the songs with her. She takes the credit for writing Surivior, when in fact the other girls wrote on it too along with a team of writers. She says she wrote Irreplacable”, when actually NE-YO wrote the song, all she did were the harmonies. There are so many other songs that she DID NOT actually write but I don’t have time to list them. All in all, if you crazed fans want to delude yourself into thinking that Beyonce is the best singer, well then that’s your business, but PLEASE, I beg of you, don’t lie by saying she’s an actually songwriter!

  • Joe Barber

    I think that whoever wrote this column is a hater! Beyonce has a great voice and a wide vocal range. I think that it is foolish to compare her to other artists whom are long gone from the music scene. We are talking about now. Times are different. I think that Beyonce is a great example of a diva and anyone who disagrees wish to either be like her or hates the fact that she is a successful individual.

  • Aleena “$oul $ista” Ali

    Look….throughout the whole stinking article that you wrote….you were constantly comparing her to WHITNEY…JANET…AND MARIAH. The careers of these ppl have fallen. Whitney a stale piece of talent and tooo old. Janet is a skanky wannabe who can only come up with sexually provocative songs like,”SO EXCITED.” And ppl r ashamed to say that they are a fan of Mariah Carey..these ppl r 40 yrs old and r OLD. Alicia Keys is average. Her songs aren’t memorable or HUGE hits like, “CRAZY IN LOVE.” She also has no dance moves or looks to support her, just a piano. She’s also not an icon, B is a POP ICON (proved!). Whitney and Mariah had nervous breakdowns, and they are extremely stale. Alicia Keys never comes up with anything new, the same old stuf that my gran listens to. There you have it! And norah jones has fallen, no chart toppers. Too bad, she can read bedtime stories to oLD ppl now.

  • YOU GUYS ARE RETARDED

    whos on top?
    whos making the most money?
    whos getting most publicity?
    beyonce
    the more haters
    the more famous she gets
    :)
    dont try to tell me retarded ass girls like christina aguilera can sing better than her, when every single one of christina aguileras runs and adlibs are so predictible and common..
    go to youtube.com and search beyonce singing listen live on oprah, and tell me she cant sing like christina… hot ass messes…

  • MiMi

    All of you need to get a life! Beyonce could care less about anyone of you. her fat ASS!

  • CeCe

    Beyonce is a fat hoe who wears too much weave and make-up (which makes me wonder why she feels she has to wear so much make-up), with a nasal voice that is so obnoxious. That #%&@* needs to go sit down and decide whether or not she wants to make actually music, or this fluff that you all are so crazy about, with its simple beats, elementary school lyrics, and nasal, uncontrolled vocals!

    All I have to say to her fans is: GET A LIFE BITCHES!!!!!

  • Hmm…

    Beyonce is an absolutely spectacular artist. Sales figures or any other such thing can’t take away from that. While I understand the perspective that this article’s using, I feel like it is slightly misguided. Sales and chart achievements must be incorporated with other more qualitative components to determine just how great a musician is. It’s not a simple process, but the analysis of Beyonce’s music given here is poor and rather forgettable.

  • WhoisSean

    you just a Beyonich. Why write an entire article just to hate? I don’t get it. If she’s not a diva, you wouldn’t be trying to tear her down.

  • d-money

    I can’t believe this is such a relevant topic. How about hte war in Iraq, the pending strain with Iran, the genocide in Darfur, better yet, New Orleans struggle to re-build itself (which Beyonce and her camp are still contributing too). If you don’t like her or what she does or what she looks or sounds like then simply turn the radio station or turn off the t.v. and read a damm book! She never claimed to be a Diva, that’s just what others like to call her. Anyone that claims to dislike her…fine! but don’t put her down. Can you do it better? if so then do it! Remember when Britney, Christina, Jessica, Madonna, and other white pop stars were stealing the spot light…we were mad as hell “oh! they stole are sound, they stole our look” Now we have a mega star and not only that..but she is the biggest star in the world! Lets celebrate the achievement! you don’t have to like it but at least respect it!

  • Nisha

    I agree 100%
    She is a common R & B Hoe rather than a Diva. She wishes she was a diva though…let’s face it, she hasn’t got the class or voice to be one.

  • B’

    You May Need To Update This……

    Correction: Beyonce Has Won 10 Grammy Awards

    Correction: 3 Are Solely Attributed To Her.

    Best R&B Song: Say My Name

    Best R&B Vocal: Dangerously In Love

    Best Contemporary R&B Album: B’Day

  • Marcos

    GOOD LORD !!!! I THINK I MISS 3 B-DAYS JUST READING THAT DANG ARTICLE. WHO CARES WHAT ANY ONE HAS TO SAY …SHE TIGHT

  • Jordan taylor

    Beyonce is the greatest singer in the world!!
    She can dance amazingly, she can sing amazingly and she can entertain at the same time.
    No singer will ever be as good as beyonce.
    Christina is a hoe who just screams and wants to be someone she isnt.

    BEYONCE IS THE BEST EVER I LOVE HER SOOO MUCH.

  • Jordan taylor

    LISTEN here you CeCe who the fuk r u callin my girl beyonce a fat hoe, i wud love to see wat ur discusting ugly face looks like, no1 says shit bout beyonce, so keep ur fat trap shut BITCH!!
    and us beyonce fans dont like hearin horrible things gettin sed about are fav girl ever so i suggest u shut the fuk up cece u fukin ugly hoe, i bet ur a fan of sum 1 like rihanna whu is a fat ugly slag! the more u hate the more famous beyonce gets, do u think she wud care wat u say she makes music 4 her fans not 4 stupid bitches like u!!!

    BEYONCE WE LOVE YOU SOOO MUCH, YOUR SUCH AN INSPIRATION, YOUR BEAUTIFUL AND YOUR VOICE IS BEAUTIFUL TOO, I LOVE YOU SOOOO MUCH BEYONCE!!

  • Jordan taylor

    LISTEN here you CeCe who the fuk r u callin my girl beyonce a fat hoe, i wud love to see wat ur discusting ugly face looks like, no1 says shit bout beyonce, so keep ur fat trap shut BITCH!!
    and us beyonce fans dont like hearin horrible things gettin sed about are fav girl ever so i suggest u shut the fuk up cece u fukin ugly hoe, i bet ur a fan of sum 1 like rihanna whu is a fat ugly slag! the more u hate the more famous beyonce gets, do u think she wud care wat u say she makes music 4 her fans not 4 stupid bitches like u!!!

    BEYONCE WE LOVE YOU SOOO MUCH, YOUR SUCH AN INSPIRATION, YOUR BEAUTIFUL AND YOUR VOICE IS BEAUTIFUL TOO, I LOVE YOU SOOOO MUCH BEYONCE!!

  • Jordan taylor

    LISTEN here you CeCe who the fuk r u callin my girl beyonce a fat hoe, i wud love to see wat ur discusting ugly face looks like, no1 says shit bout beyonce, so keep ur fat trap shut BITCH!!
    and us beyonce fans dont like hearin horrible things gettin sed about are fav girl ever so i suggest u shut the fuk up cece u fukin ugly hoe, i bet ur a fan of sum 1 like rihanna whu is a fat ugly slag! the more u hate the more famous beyonce gets, do u think she wud care wat u say she makes music 4 her fans not 4 stupid bitches like u!!!

    BEYONCE WE LOVE YOU SOOO MUCH, YOUR SUCH AN INSPIRATION, YOUR BEAUTIFUL AND YOUR VOICE IS BEAUTIFUL TOO, I LOVE YOU SOOOO MUCH BEYONCE!!

  • dEzz

    Who really cares about the title of so called diva its just a title which doesn’t mean much. Beyonce is very talented and successful thats what matters not some stupid diva title which u aren’t qualified to give or take from someone.

  • http://- Dane

    This article is totally true finally someone speaks out

  • rood

    aherm, correction: deja vu peaked at number 4 on Hot100(where did you get your facts?)

  • Catey

    *sigh*
    When will the older generations learn?

    Whatever, I think Beyonce is so drop dead gorgeous… manufactured gloss? Nah, she really is that gorgeous..(except for that hair)…
    I think it is sort of tacky the way she flings all that fake hair around.

    She is so astonishingly beautiful in her own right, I just think she could do away with that, and I would still sit spellbound at her.

  • http://Dane Dane

    Finally someone tells it as it is. All Beyonce has is her beauty, let face it the girl’s voice is flat. she cant sing as deep as sexy Toni Braxton, as high as the beautiful whitney houston or the remarkable Celine Dione, neither can she change vocal cords as the hot Mariah Carey. The only peers of Beyonce that can be considered a divas that I know of are Christina Aguilera & Alicia keys.

  • lexi

    Beyonce is one of the most talented and famous singers around! I really don’t understand why some of you people think that she hasn’t got any talent. A.L Harper, you have no idea what an amazing voice is, I am a singer myself so I understand what pitch is, unfortunately, tone deaf people like yourself don’t( no offence to any other tone deaf people reading this)I am also a huge fan of Christina Aguilera, she is also amazing and original. Beyonce the majority of us love your amazing voice, hardwork and dedication. Keep pushing on, you’ll be around for longer than they think!!!!!!!!

  • lexi

    By the way, that artical is so untrue!

  • Najee

    This seems like some hating shit to me but your right beyonce is not a diva she a great singer song writer oh and dangerously in love the ablum sold five million copies and look at when she did it 2003 nobody was selling that everybody else sold all their album’s in the 90’s this music industry has change and even when the great mariah carey out with her 2005 album it only sold five million copies and as for beyonce won’t be around in five more years that’s some bullshit she been hot since 2003 five years five more year is nothing y’all can hate all y’all want but beyonce is going to be around for a while

  • megerber

    I find it hilarious that her fans seems to be the most base and trashy people commenting.

    Just because someone can run up and down the scales doesn’t mean they are a great singer.

    THAT is called vocalise and it is how REAL singers warm up.

  • Zikk23

    like any of them got 6 grammys in one night :D
    any of them got many grammys, any of them got world dominating dance moves, beyonce can hold a note anyway, she just uses vocal runs to make it more tasty in a way… oh wait,. you heard any of them topping charts lately>?<

    Beyonce released her album on the year when global economic flaws happened, people are hesitant to buy. Her music is Contemporary RnB, one of the least selling music category back then. She’s the only RnB contemporary singer to sell this much. FYI

  • Curtwill1975

    ^^^^Drop that truth on them.

  • M

    I know this is an old article but re-reading it is incredibly funny. How wrong you’ve been proven, and how wrong you were at the time. For example, as a previous Grammy winner she could not have been nominated as Best New Artists, something you chose to ignore in claimming her non-nomination was a “slap in the face”