WATCH: Beyoncé Sings National Anthem Live for All the Haters at Super Bowl Press Conference

What, you didn't think she could do it?

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Beyoncé threw shade on all her haters by singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” live at a Super Bowl press event Thursday — proving without a doubt that she actually can sing. Not that she needed to.

The Grammy-award-winning artist hadn’t publicly addressed her Jan. 21 performance of the National Anthem at President Obama’s second inauguration, which press reports speculated had been lip-synched. Last week, a representative for the United States Marine Band told CNN and other media outlets that Beyoncé had pretended to sing along with a prerecorded track.

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“Any questions?” the singer asked the crowd at the New Orleans Convention Center after she totally killed the song.

Beyoncé went on to confirm that she had in fact used a backing track on the Washington Mall on Jan. 21. “I am a perfectionist,” Beyoncé said.

“And one thing about me: I practice ’till my feet bleed. I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra. It was a live television show…Due to the weather, due to the delay, due to no proper sound check…I did not feel comfortable singing live.”

Girl, we feel you. After all, it was the president’s day to shine, and though she did take part in the festivities, she wasn’t the focus. But the Super Bowl might be another matter. As one fan on Twitter noted, Queen B’s triumphant return may be the biggest story of the weekend:

It’s Beyoncé’s world, and the Ravens and 49ers are just living in it.

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sammy105
sammy105

:D "girl, we feel you...." Is this really a Time magazine article, or a casual girls night in honor of Time and Beyonce?
I side w/the critics. I don't care how talented you are - either you can sing live in front of billions around the world, or you can't. If not, why she even up there? They could've had a cute 10-year-old pretend-sing there to Beyonce's voice, would've had the same vocal effect, right? Beyonce would still get the credit, but ppl wouldn't be fooled. We have every right to question performers who many of us pay collectively hundreds of millions to entertain us.
Not to mention that, technically, she proved nothing here. She sang to a small crowd in an indoor facility, without a band, on her terms. She shoulda offered to do it on the terms of the media and anyone who questioned her ability to sing live to billions. Sorry, not impressed at all.

kaitymar178
kaitymar178

Many of Beyonce's fans have heard and enjoyed brilliant opera singers like Kathleen Battle ( check out her "Voices of Spring" performance on Youtube).  We realize that there are better singers than Beyonce on earth.  But very few-- if any-- better ENTERTAINERS than Beyonce.  In THAT the brilliant Beyonce reigns supreme.  Veteran Songwriters have recognized Beyonce's brilliance by voting her SONGWRITER of the YEAR at an amazingly young age!  You GO, Beyonce!  We love you and your family!

kaitymar178
kaitymar178

Gwyneth Paltrow, a wonderful singer herself, and winner of the ACADEMY AWARD for Best Actress has called her friend, Beyonce, "the most talented person on the planet!"  We are fortunate that we have an entertainer who is so hard-working and dedicated to excellence.  Beyonce ROCKS!  You GO, girl!

kaitymar178
kaitymar178

Beyonce Knowles is a GENIUS!  Kelly, a member of Destiny's Child, said she watched Beyonce write the HUGE Hit, "Independent Woman," in about 5 MINUTES!  Beyonce, for her body of SONGWRITING, WON the SONGWRITER  OF THE YEAR AWARD voted on by VETERAN SONGWRITERS THEMSELVES ( Many of them geniuses in their own right).  At the time Beyonce won the Songwriter Award, she was the YOUNGEST PERSON in HISTORY to have Won it!  Years later, I believe Taylor Swift has won the award while pretty young, too.  Beyonce is a good singer.  She is also a wonderful dancer.  Many vocalists today can't say the same.  Beyonce is an all-around GREAT ENTERTAINER!  She puts on a dynamic stage show.  And I, for one,  am grateful for her striving to be excellent in all she does as a MULTI-talented performer!

NatashaSeymour
NatashaSeymour

Who cares she is another diversion to American people to forget real issues that's going on. A poor teen lost her life after she performed at inaugural events and all people; the media can talk about is some over paid character glorified by people that make her rich and rather she lip sync or not,wtf. Get over it. A 15 yr old that promoted nonviolence and making a difference in the world gets murdered. But I guess that news isn't entertaining enough.

kaitymar178
kaitymar178

@NatashaSeymour , The death of the teenaged performer at the Inauguration is horrific and sad. Millions of people feel that way and our hearts go out to her family.  But just as the Inauguration festivities went on after the attack on Benghazi and our diplomats' deaths, so too, does life go on in other spheres.  The world will not stop spinning no matter who dies -- the POPE, a President, sports heroes.  We the living almost  have an obligation to the touchstones of culture. Do you think that 15 year-old would want Beyonce to not sing?  I agree that the unfair criticism of brilliant Beyonce is petty beyond belief and some of her "critiques" should be ashamed of themselves, but I hardly see how trying to pull Beyonce down in anyway "uplifts" a dear 15 year-old girl gone to soon-- who may have been a Beyonce fan herself for all you know.

Servilia
Servilia

I have seen that girl in concert and she can SING! http://socalmistress.wordpress.com/

kaitymar178
kaitymar178

@Servilia Servilia, I agree that Beyonce can sing.  I also agree that Beyonce can DANCE.  Some people can sing better and some people can dance better, but for doing them BOTH with pizzazz and personality and dedication,  there are few who can put on a show like Beyonce can.  She is an entertainer's entertainer.  Which is why her admirers and friends range from Gwyneth Paltrow ( a wonderful singer, herself) to British Royalty to American college students and all kinds of people in-between! 

NattygirlJackie
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Sometimes when read some of you all comments, it let me sick to my Bones. As Magnoliababy say Bey is not a VOCALIST she is a ENTERTAINER. If she wanted to sing live, she should gone down to practise with the Band, so thats BULL-SHIT what she is talking about. She is not PERFECT and nobody is, and she need to come to grip with that, That she is not a PERFECTIONIST. She lip synced and that's all to it. Just like how she did not carry Blue Ivy in her Belly. She wasn't the only singer there that has to sing in the cold weather, and the rest sing live, she is the only one that Lip Sync. She  Full a Shit an That all. Stop portray somebody that you are not

sammy105
sammy105

@NattygirlJackie I agree w/you! I heard on the radio that she lip-synced because she wasn't prepared to sing live w/the orchestra. Some artists take the dive, anyway. Beyonce decided to be more safe and got flack for it later. She deserved it, and I meant that respectfully. Her coming here and singing the national anthem without a worldwide audience OR a band means NOTHING. SHe looks like an idiot here... this proves nothing whatsoever. What she needed to do is get on mic and say: "I am better than you guys think! Want me to prove it? Tell me where to show up and I'll sing without lip-syncing on YOUR terms, media!" Instead, she got to a mic at a fairly small event w/out orchestra and sang the anthem. Wooptie-do, and everyone's saying "you go, girl." I just wanna laugh and roll my eyes.

kaitymar178
kaitymar178

@NattygirlJackie You need to look up the word, "Perfectionist!"  Beyonce did not claim to be perfect. What she claimed is the TRUTH.  She is a hard working perfectionist who has appreciated her fans and her fortune in life so much that she has practiced dance steps till her FEET BLED!   Beyonce is a good singer, a fantastic dancer, and a GREAT ENTERTAINER!  Period.  Whitney Houston sang over a HER OWN VOICE on a track too,  and in an outdoor venue with many, Many, MANY spectators as well.  No one doubts that WHITNEY HOUSTON was a great vocalist because she WAS. But like Beyonce, Whitney knew that echoes, crowd noise, a plane overhead, ANYTHING could have negatively affected a live performance that was so important at a beloved event,  so out of RESPECT for the National Anthem, BOTH of those good singers took the necessary steps to INSURE that our NATIONAL ANTHEM was NOT MARRED in any way.  Whitney Houston's performance was historic.  But she, too, was UNnecceassarily criticized by STUPID people with nothing better to do!

kaitymar178
kaitymar178

@NattygirlJackie NattygirlJackie, you sound insane.  Of COURSE Beyonce carried her child in her womb!   Don't you people realize you sound downright DERANGED with your STUPID conspiracy theories?  And Beyonce easily COULD have sung the National Anthem live BUT because this was such an iconic situation that warranted greatness, Beyonce didn't want to take any chances with the cold weather and not having had a chance to rehearse with the Marine Band.  I,for one, am grateful to Beyonce for respecting our National Anthem and the Inauguration ceremonies enough to make sure her performance went off without a hitch.  All the snarky pettiness from haters is just that: snarky pettiness. Btw,  anybody who watched Beyonce dance in the "Put a Ring on It" video KNOWS FULL WELL that she is, indeed,  a PERFECTIONIST!

NattygirlJackie
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@kaitymar178 @NattygirlJackie   Kaitymar178 , you are the one sound like a Dam fool, you tell me , is Bey the only one sing at the Inauguration. I was there  so get a grip of your Dam self. Did I say she wasn't a entertainer and she can't dance ,I said she is not a VOCALIST, you know who is a VOCALIST the late WHITNEY HOUSTON, go to one of Beyonce concert, then you will know. being there and done that. Bye.

SwissMs
SwissMs

Many Americans are haters, and complainers, about almost everything. They are never happy and should go live in another country where things aren't so readily available, then, maybe they might open their eyes and stop the constant nagging and bitching...yuk!!!



sammy105
sammy105

@SwissMs Oh, stifle yourself...... no one is "complaining"! Beyonce is a world-wide sensation making loads of cash. Being critiqued for lip-syncing is perfectly in-tune w/being a huge pop star. How does that equate to "complaining"? I enjoyed her performance, it was her voice, and obviously it takes away from the overall impact to know it wasn't her singing live, but to a recording of her own voice. Complaining is like - getting a custom-made computer delivered and calling and b****ing at the company for using the wrong color box if you request a specific color. That's complaining that ppl might roll eyes at. This is constructive criticism, nothing else.

SwissMs
SwissMs

@sammy105 @SwissMs She's already proven herself  with all the awards she's won, so people need to shut the f**k up and stop their constant complaining and bitching!!!!!

kaitymar178
kaitymar178

@SwissMs SwissMs, I quite agree. Americans should stop the petty "critiques" of hard-working decent people.  Add to that this: Beyonce Knowles is a GENIUS!  Kelly, a member of Destiny's Child, said she watched Beyonce write the huge hit, "INDEPENDENT WOMAN" in about 5 minutes!  Beyonce Knowles, for her body of songwriting, was voted Songwriter of the Year by VETERAN songwriters ( some of them geniuses themselves)! And at the time Beyonce WON the Songwriter of the Year award, she was the YOUNGEST person in HISTORY to have won it!!  Since then Taylor Swift won when she was pretty young as well.

MBG-9
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what kind of crap is this

maryoctavia72
maryoctavia72

Please Please Please Stop..That green eyed monster is rearing its ugly head..I know u wish u could look like her, dance like her, sing like her..but u CANT!! As for Fantasia, who in the hell wants to listen to her scream all damn day..Please Please get a life.

kaitymar178
kaitymar178

@maryoctavia72  I heartily concur with your sentiments!  Beyonce is wonderful.  Fantasia and Mariah Carey and Jennifer Holliday and Jennifer Hudson are all fantastic as well.  We should recognize that the FACT that there can be many people of excellence in any endeavor.  Beyonce sings AND dances AND acts.  That some other people might sing better is ok.  Beyonce is STILL a GREAT all-around, MULTI-TALENTED performer.  Just as Tina Turner's great singing AND dancing didn't take away from the fact that Aretha Franklin is a GREAT vocalist!  It is counterproductive and silly to PRETEND there can be only "one," when God has given everyone the ability to be great.  We should EXPECT many great entertainers and scientists and writers and mathmaticians and athletes and politicians and doctors and teachers in every generation. It's silly to try to "chop" some of them down  in trying to "elevate" others!

chippery
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I agree with magnolibaby, some of you people wouldn't know singing if it hit you in the face. No ones "Hating" Magnoliababy hit the nail on the head. It's not about "hating" its about entertainment vs REAL ARTIST WITH REAL vocal range and tone capabilities and artist who can hold a note i.e Jhud. hell even fantasia, Aretha, Roberta. I can go on and on, but you probably would still not get it, because you have bought into what America thinks is black and pretty, along with the skin lightning etc. I bet if she was as black as the bottom of my shoe, you beyonce supporters wouldn't be that supportive. You've been brainwashed into believing what is beautiful and what is acceptable. Don't accept an invitation to sing a song like the national anthem if you do not have the vocal range/talent and if you do accept, just tell us beforehand that it will be lip-synced then you won't have to make up any excuses plain and simple! You don't see our Olympians sending in a tape to the judges of their performances. You have to be ready to perform at the time and place under pressure.  furthur more you want to remain relevant and you want people to drop 20 dollars on a cd in the middle of a recession, then you should do right by them so they know they aren't getting a lip synced version.

NattygirlJackie
NattygirlJackie

@chippery @NattygirlJackie  , Chippery  you couldn't had said it better, Thank you for putting it out there, its not about Hating but its about ENTERTAINMENT VS REAL ARTIST WITH REAL VOCAL WHO CAN HOLD A DAM GOOD NOTE With music or without music. And that all to it

kaitymar178
kaitymar178

@NattygirlJackie @chippery Would you people STOP with  the counterproductive-- intracracial NONSENSE!  Don't you realize that's what happend in Rawanda!  Greedy Belgians, so they could better ROB the country BLIND went into Rawanda and pitted black people against each other.  They tried to pit so-called "dark-skinned" blacks and alleged "light-skinned" blacks against one another!  And the ones that fell for it stupidly almost ripped their own country apart!  It is downright RETARDED to try to stop ANY decent black people (or anyone else) from succeeding by STUPIDLY nitpicking them.  The GREAT vocalist Whitney Houston and the GOOD vocalist Beyonce Knowles smartly sang over their OWN VOICES on pre-recorded tracks to insure that NOTHING Marred OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM!  We should all be GRATEFUL to them both for leaving such stirring performances of it! 

kaitymar178
kaitymar178

@chippery Chippery, what are you talking about?  It is not a figment of our imaginations when we watch Beyonce dance up a storm.  And she sounds LIGHTYEARS better than say, The Black-Eyed Peas live.  LOL At least Beyonce CAN sing!  Beyonce works too hard for you or anyone else to try to treat her with such disdain.  She sang beautifully at Obama's first inauguration and with gratitude he asked her back to sing again.  Are you aware that the great VOCALIST Whitney Houston ALSO sang over HER OWN VOICE on a pre-recorded track AT a huge OUTDOOR event!  Whitney was smart enough to know that echoes, crowd noise, a plane overhead,etc, etc, could have MARRED the NATIONAL ANTHEM!  Out of RESPECT for OUR National Anthem BOTH Whitney Houston AND Beyonce took steps to INSURE the song went off without a hitch.  For that I am grateful and I can listen to Whitney's version and Beyonce's all day. Stop being petty!

magnoliababy
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Why when people speak their opinion about Beyonce inabilities as a vocalist it is considered "HATING." I can only speak for myself but ITS NOT HATING AT ALL...Here is the thing, when you grow up listening to great R&B female vocalist of the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s+, women who had a RANGE OF VOCAL STYLES, you resent manufactured artists, and I resent that her "dumbed down" approach to music, has "dumbed down" what is viewed as great R&B. I agree with Allthewiser, she sounds no different from whats out there... I DO NOT think Beyonce is a vocalist she is an entertainer at best, and I respect her for that and that only...The question was not if she could or could not sing the National Anthem, the question is why didnt she sing it live as the other artists did, like Kelly Clarkson? Also she was given the "Awesome" opportunity, not sure why, to sing the National Anthem, for the reelect President, why did she think it so minor that she couldn't show up for rehearsal?

Bottom line..THE TIME HAS PASSED, it was important at the Inauguration, NOT NOW...and this was no more than another one of her desperate acts to prove to HERSELF that she is strong vocalist (like her role on DREAMGIRLS), because deep down she knows she isn't.

THIS WAS EMBARASSING

hummingbird
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@magnoliababy Bey's biggest fans seem like a bunch of high school dropouts or GED recipients just like her. They can't think on a critical level. They're quick to name call or curse those who question her singing ability. We saw Dreamgirls and Bey couldn't outperform J-Hud who was only an Idol castoff then. Imagine the big superstar not being able to "outsing" or "outact" an unknown. 

You're so right about the music industry and the society dumbing down many to accept the mediocre singers and music that we're bombarded with these days. They think Bey is great because they've never really listened to Arethat, Ella, Barbra, Anita, Whitney and other great vocalists. Bey always seems to have something hiding as there's always an excuse with her. Her PR people really earn their money.


kaitymar178
kaitymar178

@hummingbird @magnoliababy  ?!?  I graduated in the Honors College at my University and I think Beyonce is fantastic. Why pretend all of her fans are somehow "deficitent" when that is most assuredly NOT true. Beyonce is a genius and so are some of her fans. Kelly, one of the members of Beyonce's group, Destiny's Child, said that she watched Beyonce write the huge hit, INDEPENDENT WOMAN, in about 5 minutes!  For her body of songwriting Beyonce won the Songwriter of the Year Award voted on by veteran songwriters ( many of them brilliant themselves).  At the time Beyonce won that award, she was the YOUNGEST person in HISTORY to win it. Since then, I believe Taylor Swift has won it, too.

hummingbird
hummingbird

@kaitymar178 @hummingbird @magnoliababy I f you should think on a critical level then you'd see that Bey is a phony and has taken credit for things she can't do or didn't do. If she were so great, why couldn't she outperform J-Hud in Dreamgirls?

Bey has sampled many people's music and then try to pretend she originated it. She has lifted beats, riffs etc from other artists. Some songwriters like NeYo have revealed that she will cheat others out of   their songwriting credits if they don't stop her. They'll write the songs and she comes in and tweak it here & there and then try to say she wrote it all by herself. When she was with Destiny Child even her dad was getting credits for songs he didn't write. He and his daughter tried to control everybody. She's a very shady person with lots of secrets. Do you remember how it was revealed that she performed for a terrorist? More of her secrets will come out in time.

broox61
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YOU GO GIRL!! Chippery, you're an idiot! Haters like you could do nothing but tear her down, she was trying to do the right thing after Christina Agulara screwed it up so bad and embarrassed herself by singing the wrong words. And in doing what she thought was right, that's all that people like you could talk about. She just proved herself, as the capable and classy woman that she is.

kaitymar178
kaitymar178

@broox61 Thank you, Broox61, for injecting sanity here!  Beyonce Knowles is to be COMMENDED for protecting our National Anthem from echoes, planes overhead, crowd noise, etc JUST as Whitney Houston should have been COMMENDED instead of getting CONDEMNED for doing the same thing-- singing over her OWN VOICE on a pre-recorded track!

hummingbird
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@broox61 Have you seen how hateful and disrespectful Bey has acted towards others? Do you remember how envious Bey was of Jennifer Hudson's superior performance in Dreamgirls? Do you remember how Bey disrespected the whole Jackson family, even Mrs. Katherine Jackson? Bey also disrespected Aretha. Before you start calling others haters because they're smart enough to see that Bey is overhyped, you should see that Bey herself is a hater. She's envious of others who sing or act better or if their family is more iconic than hers. She is quite obnoxious to have disrespected those who helped to pave the way for her.

I wouldn't call Bey classy as she performed for a terrorist and she dances very suggestively while bending down in front of Jay-Z when they're on stage together. A classy woman wouldn't choose a former thug/drug dealer to be her husband either.

chippery
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who do you think you are that you need a press conference for this or to add this to the press conference. These celebrities EGOs are ridiculous. that was HORRIBLE. I see why she lipSANKED!


You should have left us with the LIPSANKED Memories. This is worst!

chippery
chippery like.author.displayName 1 Like

that was HORRIBLE. I see ehy she lipSANKED!

kaitymar178
kaitymar178

@chippery Shut up, Chippery.  You sound cuckoo!  Beyonce just PROVED she can sing our beloved National Anthem withOUT a track.  It's over.  Move along, now!

Allthewiser
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Beyonce reperformed the anthem Precisely the same way as the performance at the inarguration.  Not one extra note or harmoney which proves she is simply a molded over-rated entertainer.  Nothing out of the ordinary in my opinion.  If you've heard one song "YOu've heard them all".  The same ole same ole same prepackage gimmick.  Who gives off a sarcasim of mega stardom but only got that way by crushing the ones who helped make her famous.  Listen up LOUD and CLEAR BEYONCE.  Your not the greatest and ur not even close.  YOUR voice has been duplicated, I've heard the latest singer whats her face...don't know her name yet but I'm sure if she had the curvy, pale blonde, look goin for her, she would get lot's of press too.

kaitymar178
kaitymar178

@Allthewiser, what are you babbling about?  Beyonce works very hard and is a great dancer and singer.  Opera singers (like Kathleen Battle) are better singers than Jennifer Hudson and Jennifer Holliday, too, but people still enjoy hearing the Jennifer's/  Likewise, people enjoy hearing and seeing Beyonce perform -- particularly since she is MULTI-TALENTED.  She even won the SONGWRITER of the YEAR AWARD voted on by Veteran Songwriters themselves!

raf576557
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Beyonce has a strong, loud voice but as a singer, she hasn't got a clue.  She doesn't know how to breathe or phrase and is not always in tune.   Frankly, I think she has been raised to the peak of her pedestal by those who haven't any knowledge of how a good singer should really sing.


hummingbird
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@raf576557 We are smart enough to analyze and come to this conclusion but most of her fans are not. They haven't listened to the great vocalists in all the music genres. Without her looks, dancing and skimpy costumes, Bey would be way less successful as her singing is nothing special and she can't act. 

NattygirlJackie
NattygirlJackie

@hummingbird @raf576557 @NattygirlJackie Thank you Guys well said, those Beyonce fans full a shit and that all. Nothing more or nothing less

kaitymar178
kaitymar178

@NattygirlJackie @hummingbird @raf576557 Nobody's "full of it" the way Beyonce's jealous detractors have been here with there complete IGNORANCE of the FACT that wonderful VOCALIST Whitney Houston ALSO SANG over her OWN VOICE on a PRE-RECORDED track of the National Anthem to make SURE our beloved National Anthem was not MARRED in any way by echoes, crowd noise, planes overhead, etc.  We should be GRATEFUL -- not here jealously and IGNORANTLY nitpicking a STANDARD procedure for the protection of OUR NATION'S song!

kaitymar178
kaitymar178

@hummingbird @NattygirlJackie @raf576557 Btw, Hummingbird, our wonderful First Lady, Michelle Obama, also married a man who had an admitted sad interlude with drugs long before he met her.  Are you saying that Michelle Obama is NOT "classy" because she married Barack Obama?  Beyonce Knowles MET and JayZ when he was a productive, hard-working contributor to society.  A business owner and employer,  JayZ wooed Beyonce and won her heart.  Just as brilliant Barack Obama wooed and won Michelle.  'Nuff said.

kaitymar178
kaitymar178

@hummingbird @NattygirlJackie @raf576557 A?!??? Hummingbird stop lying.  MILLIONS of people know that the GREAT vocalist Whitney Houston was stupidly criticized for singing over her own track of The National Anthem, too.  And THAT performance was as thrilling (if not more so) than Beyonce's wonderful performance!

hummingbird
hummingbird

@NattygirlJackie @hummingbird @raf576557 Bey has had to come up with more excuses than any other superstar so we know something is wrong. All the suspicions about her singing ability, pregnancy etc never happened to Diana Ross, Whitney, Mariah etc. Bey is very shady.