Top 10 Beyoncé Live Performances That Raised the Bar

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Julia Adams

Julia Adams

Last updated:  2021-04-01 16:35:35

She is a talented, charismatic, and hard-working lady. There are many people around the world obsessed with Beyoncé Knowles Carter, including starts like Ariana Grande. Her fans, the Beyhive, are the most passionate fan-group out there. But do you know that she is more impressive at her live shows than any music video of her that you watched? Here's our take at her top 10.

10. 2014 Grammy Awards

Beyonce and Jay Z always had a perfect chemistry

The 2014 Grammys opened with a smoking hot, the mostly seated performance of "Drunk in Love" by Beyoncé and Jay Z. Beyoncé wore a thong bodysuit and was exuding sex appeal throughout the song. The set-piece was criticized by concerned parents as they thought it was too explicit for children.

We say, c'mon people, the woman was on stage with her husband, for Christ's sake! And even if she wasn't, she is free to make her own choices and display her sexuality and confidence. It can only be inspiring for young girls! The performance was absolutely amazing, and we say - BRAVO Beyoncé! Unfortunately, the next edition of Grammys wasn't so great for her.

9. 2016 BET Awards

Beyonce's 2016 BET performance surprised with Kendrick Lamar

Beyoncé opened the 2016 BET Awards standing in a giant pool of water surrounded by dancers bathed in red light. She performed "Freedom," one of the songs from her now iconic album, Lemonade. A special surprise was the appearance of Kendrick Lamar.

He emerged from below the floor in front of the stage and joined Beyoncé in the pool. The two stomped through the song's finale. This was a significant performance by Beyoncé, as she started the show with a voice-over from Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech. 2016 was a year when she began marketing herself as an activist for the BLM movement.

8. 2011 Billboard Music Awards

Beyonce was always about girl power

This is a must-see moment by Beyoncé. She used her performance of "Run the World (Girls)" as a feminist statement. It started with women-empowering messages, and then many female dancers filled the stage.

She synced her dance moves with images on a large video screen behind her and managed to slay the vocals. It was a special moment in Beyoncé's career. When she was done with the track, her mother, Tina Knowles, presented her with the Billboard Millennium Award.

7. Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show 2016

Beyonce made Super Bowl L her own

This was when Coldplay headlined the Super Bowl 50 halftime show, but we all know by now who stole the show. The group was accompanied by the 2014 headliner Bruno Mars, but the best was kept for last. Beyoncé appeared and performed her then-new single "Formation."

The choreography, the dancers, the aura... It was incredible. Hell, the woman stumbled and got up like a winner. Her performance was all black inspired. Beyoncé dominated the show the minute she went out there and managed to transform one of the most significant sports events into a political statement.

6. 2014 MTV Video Music Awards - Vanguard Award Performance

2014 MTV VMA performance was electrifying

This time it was a closing performance at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards by Queen Bey. She did a medley of her self-titled album lasting nearly 20 minutes. She declared at one point: "MTV, welcome to my world." And what a world it is.

One of the highlights of Beyoncé's show at the MTV was the song "Flawless," during which text from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's sampled TEDx speech was projected on the stage. The image of her in front of the word "FEMINIST" was quite a memorable one. It ended with her husband Jay-Z and her daughter presenting her the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

5. The 2009 Neighborhood Inaugural Ball

In 2009, Beyonce sang for the President Obama

This is a moment in history that African Americans will remember. Even Beyoncé got emotional as she performed for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. She did a cover of Etta James' iconic song "At Last." She had the honor to sing at the Inaugural Ball, while the President and the First lady danced.

She knew that this is a unique moment in history, as she welcomed the first African American President in the USA. Beyoncé was proud, happy, and towards the end, she even shed some tears. Hell, we were proud of her! And let's not forget, the vocals were astonishing.

4. 2011 MTV Video Music Awards

Pregnancy was never a problem for Beyonce

Beyoncé started her performance of "Love on Top" by saying: " I want you to feel the love that's growing inside of me." When she was done with the dancing and singing, she took off her jacket and pampered her stomach. Yes, she was pregnant with her first child! That was a "drop the mic" moment. Literally and figuratively.

The way she was singing, moving, and just controlling the stage while pregnant is worthy of admiration. She even broke the Twitter record for the highest amount of the tweets posted per second. This is definitely one of the most iconic shows that her fans will remember.

3. Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show 2013

Beyonce reminded us about some of her biggest hits at 2013 Super Bowl

Now, if you want to watch the performance that depicts Beyoncé's essence, this one is for you. A singer, a dancer, an actress - a performer. A diva. The pop star did a medley of her best songs - including older ones like "Crazy in Love," "Halo," and "Baby Boy."

An all-female band, backing dancers, the singer, the all gave us 100%. If you haven't watched it yet, what are you waiting for? This is one of her performances that we'll continue to come back to in years to come.

2. 2016 MTV Video Music Awards

And then Jay-Z cheated on Beyoncé and broke the hearts of all the Beyhive's. Well, without that, there wouldn't be an epic visual album "Lemonade" and this performance. We remember watching the full Lemonade Medley mesmerized, thinking how you can turn your most significant pain into healing, creativity, and even joy.

That night she celebrated femininity, empowerment, forgiveness. If you want to watch a fun performance filled with sexy costumes and choreography, but also one that touches the delicate subjects of infidelity, betrayal, black womanhood, this is a must-see performance.

1. 2018 Coachella Performance

Beyonce was paid millions to headline Coachella in 2018

Beyoncé was the first African American woman ever to headline Coachella. Her fans renamed it Beychella, and indeed it was. Trumpets, marching band, backup dancers, black musical tradition from New Orleans... At moments, it was overwhelming, but in the best way.

The delirium in which she has left the fans throughout the performance was ridiculous. Let's not forget surprise appearances from former Destiny's Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. Watching Beyoncé on that stage made women proud living in this era where they get to do these amazing things and be appreciated for it.

If you are interested in a real performer, not just a singer or just a dancer, but someone who sweeps you off your feet and never lets you go - Beyoncé is the one. Not only does she fall into that category, but she is the best in it. We think her value as an artist will continue to grow as decades pass. We're sure that there are many performances we failed to mention that you consider a worthy addition.

What are your Top 10 Beyoncé's live performances? Please comment down below and share your opinion with us.

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