19 Amazing Things Most Beyonce Fans Don’t Know About Queen Bey.
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All hail Queen Bey.
2/19 Despite all the media speculation surrounding her relationship with Jay-Z the two were married in a private ceremony on April 4, 2008. She didn't announce the marriage until six months later at a listening party for her I Am... Sasha Fierce album when she simply said "I'm married now".
3/19 She was the first non-supermodel or non-athlete to ever be on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
4/19 Beyonce's favourite number is 4 and it pops up quite a bit in her life. She was born on September 4, her mother was born on January 4, and her husband was born on December 4. She and Jay-Z were married on April 4 and have matching IV (4 in Roman numerals) tattoos on their ring fingers. Her fourth studio album was named 4. Her daughter Blue's middle name is Ivy, the first two letters of which resemble IV.
5/19 In 2012 research scientist Bryan Lessard discovered a new species of horsefly in Northern Queesland, Australia. He named the fly spactia beyonceae after Beyonce, as the fly had golden hairs on it's abdomen that looked like her hair. The International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature allows names that honour people, so Beyonce joins other celebrities like Sting and George W. Bush who have animals named after them.
6/19 Her pregnancy announcement at the 2011 MTV Much Video Awards broke the Guinness Book of World Records record for most tweets per second at 8,868 tweets/second.
7/19 Through her mother Tina Knowles, Beyonce is a descendent of Acadian leader Joseph Broussard. He organized Acadian militias in several wars but eventually lost the area to the British. He led some of the Acadian people to southern Louisiana which is where Tina was born.
8/19 In 2011 she received a writing award from the New York Association of Black Journalists for her piece in Essence magazine, "Eat, Play, Love", about her nine-month career hiatus the year before. She spent the time travelling with her husband and called the vacation a "creative reawakening".
9/19 In 2010 Beyonce and her mother opened the Beyonce Cosmetology Center at the Phoenix House Career Academy in Brooklyn. The seven-month cosmetology training program is specifically for people who have struggled with alcohol or drug addiction and are looking for meaningful employment. Beyonce donated her salary from the movie Cadillac Records to the Academy as well.
10/19 Gwyneth Paltrow used Beyonce as inspiration for her film Country Strong and studied her concerts in anticipation of her live singing debut at the Country Music Awards.
11/19 Beyonce won her first talent show when she was 7-years-old. She received a standing ovation for her performance of John Lennon's Imagine.
12/19 Her biggest musical influence is Michael Jackson. His was the first concert she ever attended when she was 5-years-old and she knew then she wanted to grow up and be a performer just like him. She once said, "If it wasn't for Michael Jackson, I would never ever have performed."
13/19 Beyonce created an alter ego, Sasha Fierce, for her 2008 album I Am... Sasha Fierce. She wanted to create something that would protect herself so that when went home she wouldn't have to think about her job. She's said that Sasha is "too aggressive, too strong, too sassy, and too sexy" and that she "wouldn't like Sasha if [she] met her offstage".
14/19 Beyonce has a vocal range of 3.6 octaves and is classified as a mezzo-soprano.
15/19 After LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson left Destiny's Child Beyonce was blamed as the cause of the breakup and fell into depression. She refused to come out of her bedroom and stopped eating. She felt that if she came forward about her feelings no one would take her seriously as she had just won her first Grammy. She also struggled with depression after the band finally disbanded in 2006 as she was lonely without her friends and was afraid of what the industry would mean as a solo artist.
16/19 For her song Crazy in Love she asked Jay-Z to add a verse to the song the night before she had to turn the album in to producers. He improvised the verse in 10 minutes and the song went on to win both best R&B Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 2004 Grammy Awards.
17/19 On top of her singing career Beyonce has starred in many films such as Pink Panther and Austin Powers in Goldmember. She's also been cast for her musical talents though, portraying Etta James in Cadillac Records and Deena Jones (based on Diana Ross) in Dreamgirls, the later of which earned her a Golden Globe nomination.
18/19 As of 2016 she is the most nominated woman in Grammy history with 53 nominations and 20 wins.
19/19 Beyonce was born in the historic Third Ward of Houston, the center of the African-American community of Houston in the 1970s. She's used her hometown as inspiration for Pretty Hurts, No Angel, and Drunk in Love music videos.
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