All Hail Queen Bee

Beyonce! How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Just kidding, I’m not going to count the ways because there would be too many of them and it would go on forever. Beyonce is quite possibly the greatest person in the history of the world. That might be an exaggeration, but only slightly.

I love Beyonce. EVERYONE loves Beyonce. She’s talented and gorgeous and a positive presence in a world – and an industry – full of negativity and in-fighting. I don’t even love Beyonce as much as a lot of other people do (I am ashamed to admit I’ve never downloaded a full album of hers) and even I felt almost honored to be in her presence this past weekend at the Global Citizen Festival.

The Global Citizen Festival is an annual massive free concert in Central Park that features huge artists and tons of celebrities (Leo DiCaprio! Olivia Wilde! Stephen Colbert! Michelle Obama!). In addition to my girl Gwen Stefani, last year’s festival featured Jay-Z, and never in my life have I heard such loud screaming as I did when he brought out his wife as a surprise guest.


Snapchatted from Global Citizen Fest 2014

So I think everyone was pretty pleased when the Global Citizen lineup came out for this year and we saw that, in addition to some band, some other band, and some dude, we were going to get Bey AGAIN. (Okay fine. The others were Coldplay, Pearl Jam, and Ed Sheeran, all of whom were great in their own right.)

Watching Beyonce perform is like being mesmerized in a weird trance where you’re just so in awe of the majesty in front of you that you can’t possibly ever imagine caring about anything or anyone else. After all, they don’t call her Queen Bee for nothing. It seems nearly impossible for a single person to be so amazing. She sings, she dances, she’s supremely confident yet seems strangely relatable, she’s an emissary of positivity and girl power, and she’s probably a great wife and mom.

(It is important that I mention here that Beyonce delivered Blue Ivy in the same hospital where I was born, which I think means we’re related, somehow.)

Beyonce is the girl you want to hate because she’s perfect, except you can’t hate her because she is perfect. I genuinely believe, from the very bottom of my heart, that even makeup-less and with crazy sleep hair, Beyonce really does wake up flawless.

Most of us probably wake up like this:

Actual selfie taken just this very morning!

Actual selfie taken just this very morning!

Despite being a performer who is unafraid of spectacle, the fact that Beyonce leads a relatively private life with her family makes her all the more endearing. Keeping a low profile on her day-to-day gives her performances – full of pyrotechnics and multiple costume changes and moving stage components – all the greater shock value.

I’m not really sure this blog post ever had a point, exactly, aside from telling you what you already knew – that Beyonce is fabulous. But, to quote one of the greats, “if you don’t know, now you know.”

In closing, I will leave you with a video of Beyonce’s Superbowl 2013 halftime performance. I guarantee it will be the best 15 minutes of your day.


5 “No Diggity” Covers You Need In Your Life

I love “No Diggity.” Who doesn’t? It’s a smooth R&B song from the ’90s with an incredible amount of staying power. I listen to this song on the regular.

Around a year ago, I was at Webster Hall listening to Exmag with some friends when I was hit with this amazing, electro-funk version of the song.

I’ve seen Exmag a number of times since then and they never fail to perform this song. It makes me happy. In fact, I love this cover so much that I recently went on a bit of a quest to find some other top-notch covers or remixes. And my search proved successful, with many great options out there.

Like this more upbeat, flava-ful, house-y version by Bondax:

Or this smooth, sultry, soulful cover by Chet Faker:

Here’s a sort of futuristic hip-hop take on it, from The Polish Ambassador:

And finally, here’s Ed Sheeran and Passenger with a more folksy rendition. Towards the end they create it into a mashup with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Thrift Shop.”

I could go on, because believe you me, there are other awesome covers out there. Did I miss any??