Beyonce Causes Stir At Billboard Awards

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Beyonce stole the show at this year’s Billboard Awards with arguably her most amazing performance to date. Las Vegas is known for its bright lights and over-the-top casinos, but Beyonce brought the house down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena when she performed her newest single Run The World (Girls). The women-empowerment song has been the rave since airing a few weeks ago with its catchy beat (sampled from Pon De Floor) and sexy video to boot. Beyonce was one of the honorees receiving the coveted Millennium Award for her achievements throughout her 15-year dominance on the Pop and R&B scene.

Everyone from Michelle Obama to Lady Gaga tipped their hats off to honor the Pop Diva for her record breaking album sales, tours and influence over the music industry dating back to when she was in Destiny’s Child.

Tina Knowles’ praises hit home as she recalled moments with her daughter before all the fame and fortune. “I sang to Beyonce as a beautiful baby girl, but it wasn’t too long before she was singing back to me and to the whole world.”

Speaking directly to Beyonce before her performance, she told her, “Only 29 years old, for 15 of those years, you’ve been on the stage wowing crowds everywhere, raising the bar and setting new standards, but still managing to stay grounded and a beautiful person.”


In response to the award, Beyonce ripped the stage showcasing some new technology in her performance. She used Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI) along with the regular tricks like smoke, hidden walls, etc. to wow the audience. She even had a special performance with the Les Twins, a twin-duo renowned for their incredible dance moves. Beyonce pulled out all the stops and sashayed down the aisle interacting with the crowd before walking back on stage and doing a number with her dancers. Even with her mind-blowing performance and Millennium Award celebrating her successful career, Beyonce was still the subject of a major controversy.

Beyonce was called out for stealing another singer’s graphics and CGI techniques. Apparently the same people who designed the graphics and CGI for Beyonce also did the same for Italian dancer and singer Lorella Cuccarini’s 4D performance in 2010. The two performances may have similarities, but they also have marked differences.

Either way, Beyonce’s rendition will go down as one of the best live performances to date and she truly showed why girls run the world.

Here’s Beyonce and Lorella’s side-by-side comparison:

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Jay-Z Visits The White House

Posted: Saturday – March 6, 2010

Jay-Z has finally made it to the White House. Joining him on Wednesday, March 3, were Beyonce, her mother, Tina Knowles, and Trey Songz.

According to hiphopdx.com, Jay briefly met with Obama while at a stop at the Verizon Center on his Blueprint 3 Tour.

Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, publicly expressed to the media that he has had several invitations to the White House and has been too busy to accept. “Hopefully we’ll keep him in for eight years so I’ll have time to get there,” he said last month to BBC.

Now that Jay has gotten there, we’ll see if he is invited back.

According to allhiphop.com, Obama endorsed Jay-Z’s latest album, Blueprint 3, (where Obama was shouted out on 3 different cuts) and has been a hip-hop fan for years. His hope for hip-hop is for emcees to avoid lyrics that degrade women and limit the constant talk of money and cars.

“I’ve met with Jay-Z, I’ve met with Kanye [West]. And I’ve talked to other artists about how potentially to bridge that gap. I think the potential for them to deliver a message of extraordinary power that gets people thinking [is great],” Obama said while on a BET special.

The president continued to say that he feels some rappers use the n-word excessively.

What Obama and Jay-Z do agree on is the effect hip-hop can have on the nation. They both believe that rappers can use their lyrics to uplift the masses and bring about change. However, Jay feels that the job of a rapper is to talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly.

“Sometimes there are hard truths in rap; they’re not packaged with pretty ribbons. Sometimes the realities of the situations are harsh and they need to be told,” Jay-Z said to BBC. “We’re the poets of our generation!”

By Ness

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