Saturday, November 07, 2009

Beyoncé Does It Better

So Beyoncé cleaned up at this year's MTV Europe Music Awards in Berlin winning Best Song ("Halo"), Best Female Singer and Best Video Clip ("Single Ladies"). 2009 has been a banner year for the rich man's Kelly Rowland but I think she officially planted her flag at the summit of pop superstardom in Germany last night. And I'm not talking about her swag of prizes. Few award show performances make any kind of real impact on popular culture (Britney's "Gimme More" debacle at the 2007 MTV Music Awards did for all the wrong reasons) and even fewer are regarded as genuinely iconic (Kylie's legendary "Can't Get Blue Monday Out Of My Head" at the 2002 Brits comes to mind) but that's the only description that fits Beyoncé stunning performance of "Sweet Dreams".

Speaking of Kylie, Beyoncé reminds me a lot of Dannii's slightly more successful sibling circa 2001-2002. She's at the height of her physical beauty, comes across as sexy rather than sordid despite wearing outfits that a PCD stripper would reject and is currently riding a once in a career wave of momentum. The "Sweet Dreams" live extravaganza demonstrates this perfectly. Most of the press has concentrated on Beyoncé's eye popping red lingerie (which The Prophet amusingly describes as a cross between Vanity 6 and the star of Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers - one of my all time favourite movies!) but this performance is about so much more than an incredibly sexy outfit. There's the beautiful nursery rhyme intro performed inside a red satin heart, pounding militaristic drums, a catwalk strut at approximately 1:50 mins that would make Miss Jay cry tears of joy, pitch perfect vocals and the some of the fiercest choreography I've seen in years (see 2:50 minutes for proof). Say what you like about Beyoncé - she is the complete package and currently makes the rest of the pop world look second rate. All hail the new Queen.

12 comments:

Petro said...

Really? Didn't feel much from this performance, she's done better.

Brian Chang said...

she almost have wardrobe malfunction at 2.37

John said...

Effin' hot! She didn't even have to finish the song!

Mike said...

Petro - This is so different from the amazing but restrained "Single Ladies" performances she's been doing. It's so raunchy, sleazy and fabulous. Which I guess is how I like my divas to behave...

Brian - I think she's wearing a flesh coloured body stocking but I was worried for a moment there too!

John - I know, right. I love the look on her face on the end, it's like "take that, bitches"!

The Prophet said...

SHE LOOKS LIKE A 2 DOLLA HOOKER FROM THE 80'S

THE PERFORMANCE ENDED TOO ABRUPTLY

SHE LIP SYNCED

SHES A LYING CUNT WITH THE PERSONALITY OF A PIECE OF WOOD

BIRDBRAIN BITCH THAT ONLY APPEALS TO DUMB QUEENS AND HOODRATS

tidusin said...

Even though I enjoy her so much live last May, I have to admit that this performance sucks.

Having her screaming and moving like she has epilepsy is good for a 2 hour show, but not for the EMAs.

And I'm also tired of her winning awards "... of 2009" when her songs couldnt be more 2008.

tommie said...

Kim's Tardy For The Party performance was better :-(

"I'll be feeling good by nine, after my third glass of wine!"

D'luv said...

Why didn't Fast Food Rockers win anything?!?

undisco_me said...

I didn't even know the MTV awards were on - shit!

All I will say about beyonce is: thank god that woman has got a face. And a weave.

Not singing live, but whatever - Cheryl must be fuming, that's the only good thing.

Mike said...

Bey is clearly singing (the intro) and parts of the rest albeit over a backing track. Which is more than Britney and Madonna can say. And it's not like she's trying to hide it - she takes the microphone away from her mouth every time she busts a move.

Whatever, h8trs!!!!

Sexbox said...

I don't think I will ever truly embrace Beyonce but she does consistenly pump out faggy dance mixes and she does know how to market herself well.....so I give her props. (But I still prefer Kelly Rowland! lol)

Scarlett said...

I really loved her performance at the VMAs ("Where my ring at?"), but this left me rather underwhelmed. No matter, though - she's still fantastic. :D