I know I haven't always been nice to you, I often doubted your top entertainer status and almost always mocked your ridiculous outfits. I also tend to think you will never topple Crazy In Love. On some points (outfits), I was right. But I was wrong not to admit you're one of the best pop performers currently in activity. Up there with Madonna and Kylie.
Your performance at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards was just amazing. Powerful, visually stunning, vocally perfect, and exciting throughout. OK, it probably cost the equivalent of Malawi's GBP (no worries, Madonna's working on fixing that), but it was everything that can be expected from a great popstar. Thing is there aren't many pop acts in the world who can deliver the way you do. Britney? A flacid piece of jelly who can barely move. Rihanna? A stripper who can't sing on key. Katy Perry? Great tits. Gaga? The definition of "trying too hard". Christina Aguilera? Missing in action. The only two I can think of in terms of great stage entertainment (besides the aforementioned Queens of pop) are Shakira and Pink.
But let's be honest. You tore the competition into pieces last night. So OK, the song isn't great by any means, and the video and performance suggest that it doesn't work on its own (or at least without visuals), but hey, it's all about You Tube and primetime TV, right? Hopefully your new album "4", which comes out in late June will contain a Halo, an Irreplacable, a Single Ladies or (a man can dream) a Crazy In Love. If not, you'll be forgiven cause we'll all still be watching that performance in four month's time.
As Madonna is nowhere to be seen at the moment, the Kylie campaign and tour are behind us and the Gaga overdose is not really getting me excited, you kinda restored my faith in amazing pop performances. So for that, thank you Beyoncé Knowles.
PS: Tell your Mum to stop whatever it is she's doing to her face. It's almost as scary as the thought of LeToya Luckett and Latavia Roberson ever being members of Destiny's Child.