Bow Down: In Praise of Beyoncé

Nicole L. Cvetnic
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Beyoncé performs at the Staples Center July 13, 2009, in Los Angeles.
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We all love Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and will take any opportunity to bow down to Queen Bey. With the Grammy Awards coming up on Sunday at 8 p.m. EST on CBS, we thought it was as good a time as any to lay out some fun facts about one of the greatest performers of all time. This year Bey is one of the most nominated artists, along with Sam Smith and Pharrell Williams; all three have six nominations apiece. Her surprise album, Beyonce, is up for Album of the Year.

Nicole L. Cvetnic is The Root’s multimedia editor and producer. 

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Beyoncé in the press room at the 55th annual Grammy Awards, held at the Staples Center Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles.

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Destiny’s Child—Kelly Rowland, Beyoncé and Michelle Williams—perform for President-elect George W. Bush at the MCI Center during the preinaugural event Celebrating America’s Youth in Washington, D.C., Jan. 19, 2001.

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Beyoncé performs at the Rock in Rio Festival Sept. 13, 2013, in Rio de Janeiro.

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Destiny’s Child perform at the MTV TRL Tour in 2001 at the Pepsi Arena in Albany, N.Y.

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Beyoncé performs “Purple Rain” with Prince at the 46th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center Feb. 8, 2004, in Los Angeles.

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Beyoncé performs during the 52nd annual Grammy Awards, held at the Staples Center Jan. 31, 2010, in Los Angeles.

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A scene from the “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” music video, directed by Jake Nava.

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Beyoncé performs at the Brit Awards Feb. 19, 2014, in London.

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The singer with actor Terrence Howard during the BET Awards at the Kodak Theatre June 28, 2005, in Hollywood, Calif.

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Beyoncé and Jay Z exchange wedding vows during a private ceremony at his penthouse April 4, 2008.

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Beyoncé and Jay Z pose with daughter Blue Ivy at the Versace mansion in Miami on New Year’s Eve 2013.

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Beyoncé and her mother, Tina Knowles, attend the Oscar de la Renta Fall 2005 fashion show during Olympus Fashion Week Feb. 7, 2005, in New York City.

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Beyoncé performs the national anthem at the inauguration of President Barack Obama Jan. 21, 2013, in Washington, D.C.

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Kelly Rowland, Beyoncé and Michelle Williams perform during the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show at the Superdome Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans.

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Beyoncé as seen in the “Drunk in Love” preview clip from her self-titled 2013 album.

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Taylor Swift speaks after Beyoncé allowed her to finish her speech, which was cut short by Kanye West during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City Sept. 13, 2009.

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Beyoncé performs during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live Aug. 28, 2011, in Los Angeles.

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Beyoncé holds newborn daughter Blue Ivy in the hospital room.

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Beyoncé is buried in the sand while daughter Blue Ivy sits nearby. The picture was posted to her Instagram account Jan. 11, 2015.

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Beyoncé poses for Time magazine’s May 2014 100 Most Influential People issue.

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