Beyonce’s On Top of The World

By  June 04, 2014

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There’s something different about that Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter.

The Beyhive sees it. The stans see it. Heck, if you don’t see it, the Beygency might just hunt you down. And with good reason.

“From the beginning, her message has been professionalism, perfectionism, power—ideals exemplified in her fearsome live performances and dramatized in songs that view romance through the lens of finance,” a profile on Blue Ivy’s mother in T magazine reads.

“Beyoncé has become something more than just a superstar,” Jody Rosen writes. “She is kind of a national figurehead, an Entertainer in Chief; she is Americana. Someday, surely, her “Single Ladies” leotard will take its place alongside Mickey Mouse and the Model T Ford and Louis Armstrong’s trumpet in the Smithsonian display case.”

Rosen continues, “Beyoncé has pushed back boundaries, expanding our sense of what music should sound like. To the extent we hear Beyoncé as “pop” it’s because she has taught us to do so.”

In short, she’s every woman.

“What does Beyoncé mean,” Rosen questioned, before realizing, “What doesn’t she mean.”