I don’t think I’ve ever met a human being that does not enjoy the legend that is Beyoncé Giselle Knowles. Microsoft Word even autocorrected the accent on the “é” in her name as I typed it, so that must mean something. And while I too am a shameless member of the Beyhive, I can’t help but have a bone to pick with Mrs. Carter.
Let’s cut to back to February and the Super Bowl XLVII halftime performance that brought a blackout to the Superdome. In a spectacular display of talent, Beyoncé danced through fire, rolled among strobe lights, flipped her hair in the majestic wind, materialized Kelly and Michelle to reform Destiny’s Child and left everyone at home scrambling for their DVR remotes so they could rewind it back again. Seems like the perfect time to announce her fifth studio album, considering it had been two years since her last, right? Not even close.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve forgiven Blue Ivy for delaying my yearly ritual of unwrapping a fresh Beyoncé album, but now I’m getting antsy. With everyone glued to their TVs, I couldn’t imagine how she passed up the chance to premiere a new single during the halftime set. Soon after, when she released her Pepsi commercial set to the tune of the new song “Grown Woman,” I thought the time had finally come… but I was wrong yet again.
Now two strikes into my album anticipation, Beyoncé announced her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. There was no way she would go on a tour without a new album. No way, not a chance. It had to be coming out before then right? Wrong. She is not only touring with music from an album released two years ago, she is completely selling out every show. And as I sat for the fourth consecutive day trying to get tickets in the middle of my Media Ethics class, I realized that she is a force to be reckoned with.
To end the saga, I found myself standing in a crowd of excited Beyoncé fans in New Jersey last month waiting for the Mrs. Carter Show to start and change each and every one of our lives. And after two hours of non-stop perfection, Bey made one thing very clear: she’s a grown woman; she can do whatever she wants.