Beyonce

Ranking the 2014 Grammy Performances from Best to Worst

And so, the Grammys again. Since half the awards are given out before the ceremony even takes place, the abiding sources of interest these days are a) the outfits and b) the performances. As far as 2014 goes, the relevant points of interest on the former point were Pharrell’s hat (which, inevitably, already has its own Twitter account) and Kacey Musgraves’ curious dress. And the performances… well, as ever, they ranged from the almost sublime to the utterly ridiculous. Here’s our rundown of each any every one, starting with the best and working through to the ones that sent you to the fridge for several more… Read More

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Beyoncé Blocked Jesus in a Photo, Fans Remind Her She’s No Savior

Almighty Beyoncé, who just released the final installment of her Beyoncé mini-documentary today, is being — pardon our pun — crucified… Read More

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What We Learned From the Five-Part ‘Beyoncé’ Documentary

As a belated Christmas present to all of us, Beyoncé just released the final installment of her Beyoncé mini-documentary — a five-part series detailing the process of creating her album, from writing to recording to filming all 17 stunning videos. We’ve known for quite a while, or at least since the strange quasi-confessional that was Life Is But a Dream, that Beyoncé only reveals what she wants us to see, so it’s difficult not to take all of her meditations on “finding the beauty in imperfection” and how liberating it is to work without a plan with a medium-sized grain of salt. That said, it’s not every day you get to watch Pharrell give Beyoncé a pep talk or hear a blown-away Justin Timberlake tell her, “There’s something wrong with you,” after a particularly incredible moment in the studio. Read on for everything else we learned from the Beyoncé documentary. … Read More

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6 of Music’s Most Controversial Samples

Today marks a momentous occasion in the history of pop music: Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, she who can do no wrong, admitted to doing something wrong. “XO,” a track off of Queen Bey’s recent surprise album, features about six seconds of audio from a NASA public relations officer narrating the 1986 Challenger explosion. Apologizing for the perceived insensitivity to ABC news, Beyoncé wrote: “My heart goes out to the families of those lost in the Challenger disaster…The songwriters included the audio in tribute to the unselfish work of the Challenger crew with hope that they will never be forgotten.” The mega-star is hardly the first to provoke a backlash with sampled material, however. Here’s our list of clips that ruffled a few feathers. … Read More

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Beyonce Pissed Off NASA: Links You Need to See

Meet the newest modern marvel: glow-in-the dark pigs! Because, who needs a cure for diseases, when Babe can be phosphorescent green? But in actual good news, the entire Sherlock Holmes canon has been deemed public domain so let the sequels begin! Beyonce was recently called out for using unauthorized audio from the Challenger space… Read More

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2013 in Music: The Year Virality Trumped Nuance

There have been plenty of wonderful things about music this year. These albums. This photo. The emergence of new talents like Majical Cloudz and Savages, and the unexpected return of established ones like David Bowie and My Bloody Valentine. Angel Haze’s 30 Gold series and her subsequent schooling of her record company. The continuing absence of the Black Eyed Peas. But if there’s been one abiding image this year, it’s been that of Miley Cyrus and her remarkably gymnastic tongue. … Read More

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Lena Dunham Had Another Bad Night With Feminists and Anti-Feminists on Twitter

A couple of days ago, Amanda Hess at Slate published a piece on artists who collaborate with “creeps.” The immediate targets of her analysis were Lady Gaga and Beyoncé, both of whom have recently added creep collaborations to their respective bodies of work. Gaga did that duet with R.Kelly — which really takes the cake in terms of creep collaborations, to be fair to everyone else I’m about to mention — and one of the parade of Beyoncé videos from last week was directed by a Mr. Terry Richardson. In passing, Hess happened to mention that Lena Dunham, the unwilling patron saint of Internet fighting, had recently gone on a tear about how Gaga should not have collaborated with R. Kelly: … Read More

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Nico Muhly Reviews ‘Beyoncé’

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20 Women Who Drove the Culture in 2013

So: not that the measure is scientific, but women had a weird year in the culture in 2013. For every ascendant pop diva, there was the inevitable fallout period where people argued endlessly about whether Miley/Beyoncé/etc. were too slutty or too unfeminist or too untalented. The taste left behind was, therefore, mixed. And as I went through to select women who answered to the “women driving the culture” rubric, I realized that to a large extent these women were still fighting to gain a place of leadership. Many of them are making their names in part on the ongoing debate about why it is, in 2013, that women still don’t get a fair shake in most cultural spheres — and this even as they tend to drive the money in this business. … Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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