Dangerously to Drunk: A Timeline of Jay Z and Beyonce in Love
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By Angel Lenise July 25, 2014
One could say that Jay Z and Beyoncé officially went public in November 2002 when they appeared on MTV’s TRL for “Spankin’ New Music Week.” They did the denim look a little better than Justin and Britney.
The pair started a courtside tradition of sorts in Atlanta in February 2003. Here they are at the 2003 NBA All-Star game... smiling for the camera, but denying relationship rumors all the while.
Their chemistry couldn’t be denied at the 3rd annual BET Awards when they performed their second collaboration, Bey’s first single, “Crazy in Love.”
Not long after, Beyoncé made an upside-down entrance to the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards. She was later joined by Hov, who had obviously yet to invest in a tailor.
The pair were front row at Rosa Cha by Amir Slama Spring 2004 at New York Fashion Week, when it still took place at Bryant Park. Peep Naomi Campbell and her glorious ponytail. She would go on to appear in Jay’s “Change Clothes” video six years later.
It was Jay’s The Black Album Tour stop at Madison Square Garden (long before Barclays, kids), Bey’s abs stole the show.
The pair were all smiles at the January 2004 Houston Rockets vs. New York Knicks NBA game, though both were likely rooting for their respective home teams. Especially Miss Third Ward.
The front row at the 46th annual Grammy Awards was a family affair, with Bey, mother Tina Knowles (Miss Tina to you), Jay, and sister Solange. Too early for an elevator joke, so don’t try it. This night was all about Bey and her five award wins.
This was clearly Bey’s golden girl age. She hit red carpets and parties in iterations of the gilded hue, like here, with Sean Combs at the 2004 CFDA Awards.
This isn’t our favorite Jay/Bey look... but it was 2004 Miami... and it was the MTV Video Music Awards, where wardrobe rules are practically thrown out of the window.
Yes, that’s Marc Jacobs in the middle.
Jay was practically an honorary member of Destiny’s Child at this point. Here he is, sandwiched in between Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, and Bey at the 2005 NBA All Star Game in Denver, Colorado.
Lights, action, HOLLYWOOD. Here they are in one of our favorite red carpet moments at the 77th annual Academy Awards.
There’s a bit more PDA here, courtesy of the Carters, at the 2005 Vanity Fair Oscar Party.
They were in Paris in October of that year for an Agent Provocateur show. No doubt, the seeds for “Partition” were planted that day.
They each took home a Grammy at the 2006 Grammys, Bey for “So Amazing” with Stevie Wonder, and Jay for his “Numb/Encore” mashup with Linkin Park.
When Rocawear was still a thing, Bey was there to raise a glass to Jay in celebration of his new fall collection.
The pair, angelic in all white, performed at Radio City Music Hall in June 2006 for the 10th anniversary of Jay’s debut album Reasonable Doubt.
Stan moment: I hollered when Jay gave Bey a little love tap at the 2006 BET Awards. And when she got on the floor and rolled around while singing “Deja Vu,” life was given and received.
Happy times with sister Solange at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards. Still, too soon for an elevator jab.
Before Rihanna channeled Josephine Baker at the 2014 CFDA Awards, Beyoncé did—banana skirt and all—at the September 2006 Condé Nast kickoff to Fashion Week.
They popped Armand de Brignac for Jay’s one-year anniversary of the 40/40 Club in New York City before the masses knew what it (the champagne) was.
The Grammy regulars posed at the 2008 ceremony after Beyoncé took the stage with the legendary Tina Turner for a performance of “Proud Mary.” They married two months later!!
Here they are at the 2009 Golden Globes, three years after Beyoncé’s Dreamgirls debut.
And, at another Grammys, this time, during Bey’s Sasha Fierce moment, when she took home six awards and Jay, three. By this time, the pair had 25 combined.
They ended up at 1OAK for Robin Thicke’s 2010 birthday celebration. Because, Paula. #NoShade.
The Carters celebrated their two-year wedding anniversary backstage with the cast of Chicago at the Ambassador Theater in NYC.
They headed west a few days later when Jay Z headlined Coachella 2010 and performed a duet to “Young Forever.”
At the 64th annual Tony Awards. How can we get in on this clique?
It took Jay and stylist Ty Hunter to help Bey up the stairs at the 2011 Met Gala, where she paid homage to Alexander McQueen for the late designer’s Savage Beauty exhibition.
Three months later, Bey dropped her mic at the MTV Video Music Awards and did this...
... And Jay was all in the audience like this...
Then, on January 7, 2012, Blue Ivy Carter woke up like this.
Bey got “back to business,” and seemingly dropped all her pregnancy weight by the time she was spotted with Mr. Carter, court side at the Knicks vs. Heat game in New York City.
That time at the 2012 BET Awards when Kim Kardashian thought she and Beyoncé would actually become friends...
On January 21, 2013, the first couple of music entered President Barack Obama’s second inauguration, where Bey sang the National Anthem. Any questions?
After the 2013 Grammys, the couple turned “Havana to Atlanta,” (see: “Open Letter”), by vacationing in Cuba for their wedding anniversary.
Kisses were shared during Bey’s Chime for Change set in London on June 1, 2013.
A hug, here for the 56th annual Grammy Awards—you know, after Beyoncé crashed the ‘net with the release of her fifth, eponymous album. Watermelon.
We’re here. May 5, 2014. When Jay painted a picture of chivalry by retrieving his wife’s bling at the Met Gala. They were all smiles until later that night, when this happened.
Five days later, they were over it. Just like the rest of the world should have been.
Because, they had bigger things to be concerned with, like their first joint tour, On The Run.
... And this.
If you let every other (not-so reputable) blog and (salacious) website tell it, Jay Z and Beyoncé aren’t #OnTheRun... they’re #OnTheRocks. You can thank the leak of a private elevator scuffle, wrongfully released from a former Standard Hotel employee for that. But let’s get real: had said footage never surfaced, all would have seemed right with the pair... and the Internets (intentional -s here). But this is Glam. And we’re fans of music’s most-powerful pair (as if you didn’t know already). We applaud their new rules, get bodied to Beyoncé, crush over their couture wardrobes, and go bonkers for Blue Ivy. Until we have confirmation from the notoriously-private pair that songs are crying and resentment is raging on, we’re just going to brush our shoulders off. We’re not speculating over any splits—we’re looking back on the Carter’s 12-year love affair, from dangerously, to crazy, to drunk in love.Read More ↓