It’s been more than 2 decades now, and Queen B still reigns supreme. She has earned herself countless titles – Queen of Pop, Music’s Most Powerful Woman, Most Influential Woman and has broken many records. It is no doubt that she is making history with her Bey-ness and the world loves her for it!
As she turns 38 today, check out these 9 things you didn’t know about her!
1. Her Stardom Started From Childhood
Beyoncé has always wanted to be more than a performer, she wanted to be a superstar as a child. At 7 years old, she won a school talent show, beating 15 and 16 years old with John Lennon’s song, Imagine.
2. She Knew Her Worth As A Performer From A Young Age
Beyoncé knew her worth as a performer from a young age and was lucky to have a very supportive family. As a child, she used to charged her household $5 to watch her perform. She must have made all her candy money from her private shows at home!
3. She Has Broken Grammy records
Bey was the first woman to win 6 Grammys in one night that momentous night in 2010 with 5 awards won for her album, I Am… Sasha Fierce, including Song Of The Year for the hit “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”. She has set the bar high with 23 Grammy wins and 66 nominations!
4. Her Pregnancy Announcement At MTV VMA’s Broke Twitter World Record
Beyoncé announced her first pregnancy with rapper husband Jay-Z during her “Love On Top” performance at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. The then 29-year-old singer unbuttoned her sequined blazer and rubbed her 5-month baby bump, saying “I want you to feel the love that’s growing inside of me.” This moment set the Guinness World Record for the most Tweets per second at 8,868 Tweets.
5. Beyoncé And Husband Jay Z Are Hollywood’s Power Duo
Wow! Girl’s been on a record-setting roll. This time, Beyoncé and husband Jay-Z made it into the Guinness World’s Record as the World’s Highest-Earning Couple, collectively earning $122 million between June 2008 and June 2009. In 2013, the duo became the first Billion Dollar couple in the music industry.
6. She Pulled The First “Beyoncé”, Surprising Fans With A New Album In 2013
Beyoncé broke the Internet in 2013 when she shocked millions of fans with her self-titled album with no promotion at all. She announced the album with a Tweet “Surprise!” 27 hours later, the album became a top-selling album, crashing iTunes as fans rushed to get the album! Now that’s what happens when a Bey is out of the bag!
7. She Once Threw A $250,000 Jewelry Into A Crowd
When it comes to giving it all on stage, Beyoncé has made her crazy expensive impromptu stunt! She once threw a pair of Lorraine Schwartz earrings worth $250,000 into the crowd! Luckily, she was able to retrieve the earrings from a fan who caught them later on.
8. Her Bodyguard Once Squashed Her Toe
Having millions of die-hard fans around the world, it is no surprise that there will be occasions where her bodyguards have to take extreme measures to keep her safe. At one such incident, it was reported that one of the bodyguards lost his balance and landed on her foot, breaking her toe while trying to protect her from frantic fans!
9. A Bootylicious Fly Is Named After Her
If you’re wondering what’s next, yes, the Scaptia (Plinthina) beyonceae fly in Northern Queensland, Australia is named after Beyonce because of the unusual gold patch on its abdomen. The specimen was coincidently first collected in 1981, the singer’s birth year.