Beyoncé Has Enjoyed a Wildly Successful Year . . . Even by Beyoncé Standards
We thought Beyoncé's year of success in 2018 was unbeatable — that is, until 2019 rolled around. Not only did she bless our Netflix queues with a documentary, but she also dropped some of the year's most inspirational songs and returned from a red carpet hiatus to promote her role in Disney's The Lion King. Away from the spotlight, she enjoyed living carefree with friends and family at fun get-togethers. Look ahead to reflect on some of Bey's best moments and accomplishments of the year!
She serenaded her mom at a surprise birthday party.
In honor of Tina Knowles Lawson turning 65 in January, Beyoncé sweetly led the crowd through a happy birthday chorus.
Her nod to Meghan Markle at the Brit Awards was a major cultural moment.
While Beyoncé and JAY-Z accepted the Brit Award for best international group in February, they honored Meghan Markle by standing in front of a portrait with the duchess wearing a tiara and pearls. And while that earned widespread praise, Bey's personal Black History Month ode to Meghan also warmed hearts. "She and Prince Harry have continued to push the race relations dialogue forward both near and far," Bey wrote on her website. "We bow down to one of our Melanated Monas."
Beyoncé's birthday performance for Diana Ross showed the power of icons supporting icons.
And the fact that Bey called Diana "Ms. Ross" at the March soirée just shows how much she respects the legendary singer. You love to see it!
She encouraged people to love and support each other at the GLAAD Media Awards.
In March, Beyoncé took the stage with JAY-Z to accept the vanguard award for their support of the LGBTQ+ community. During their speech, the singer spoke about the importance of loving others. "Change starts with supporting the people closest to you," she said. "Who you make love to, and take that ass to Red Lobster, is your human right."
Beyoncé joined forces with Adidas for an Ivy Park relaunch.
She let fans relive her Coachella set through the Netflix documentary, Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé . . .
When Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé dropped in April, we were changed forever. Giving viewers a sneak peek into the making of her historic Coachella performance, Bey revealed a handful of behind-the-scenes clips and anecdotes, including her tough pregnancy with the twins and Blue Ivy walking in her musical footsteps. The film is truly inspiring from start to finish.
. . . and she kept the Homecoming fun going with a brand-new album.
Beyoncé penned a beautiful essay about Michelle Obama for Time's 100 Most Influential People issue.
Two impactful women supporting each other is always heartwarming, so it's no surprise that Bey's essay about Michelle in Time's April issue received so much praise. "I'm honored to know such a brilliant black woman who's spoken about the sacrifice it takes to balance her passions while remaining a supportive partner and mother, and now a best-selling author with Becoming," she wrote about the former First Lady. "She has continued to open herself up, even if it meant being criticized. She has continued to be a portrait of grace."
At the B-Sides 2 concert, she let loose with JAY-Z.
Beyoncé happily cheered on her beau who performed at the B-Sides 2 concert in celebration of Webster Hall's reopening in NYC. The powerful duo enjoyed a few fun festivities backstage at the April event, including showering themselves in Champagne.
Her support of the Houston Rockets didn't waver.
Bey, a Houston native, made time to watch her hometown Rockets battle the Golden State Warriors during the NBA finals in May. (And she looked amazing, of course.) The following month, Bey and JAY-Z also sat courtside at a Golden State Warriors game where Nicole Curran — the wife of Warriors owner Joe Lacob — leaned over Bey. The moment went viral as fans cringed at the sight of Nicole invading the queen's personal space. But Beyoncé's publicist reminded the Hive to be kind and loving.
She couldn't help but to dance at Janet Jackson's concert.
During Janet's Metamorphosis Vegas residency in May, Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland joined Rhythm Nation as they grooved along to the music in the crowd — and their dance moves were eerily synchronized.
Her Lion King-inspired gown at the Wearable Art Gala was wild in the best way possible.
She honored longtime friend and director Melina Matsoukas at the AFI Gala.
Beyoncé made a surprise appearance at the AFI Gala in June to present Melina — who directed the "Formation" music video — with the Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal. "After over a decade of collaborating with Melina, we've become family," Bey said. "In 2005, she managed to shoot five videos with me in three days, creating beautiful imagery with little to no budget. We've come a long ways since those days."
She finally met Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
Beyoncé glorified Mother Nature in an awe-inspiring music video for "Spirit" and "Bigger."
Bey's visually stunning music video for "Spirit" and "Bigger" left jaws aplenty on the ground when it dropped in July. Rocking a number of colorful ensembles, the singer croons the uplifting tracks — which are featured on her Lion King-inspired album, The Gift — against the background of Mother Nature. And it should come as no surprise that Blue Ivy was by her side throughout the video.
She sent fans into a tailspin with a rare interview on Good Morning America.
In July, Beyoncé also spoke to Good Morning America's Robin Roberts to promote her soundtrack The Lion King: The Gift. "This soundtrack is a love letter to Africa, and I wanted to make sure we found the best talent from Africa," she said. Considering she doesn't do very many sit-down interviews, this was quite the treat.
Her album The Lion King: The Gift released and resonated with fans.
The 27-track album that dropped in July features notable American artists, such as Kendrick Lamar and JAY-Z, as well as popular African singers, including Wizkid and Yemi Alad. Standout songs "Mood 4 Eva" and "Brown Skin Girl" especially struck a chord with fans as Bey sang about the importance of black women loving and embracing themselves.
The Lion King remake came out, and we immediately stanned Nala.
Beyoncé made her official debut as Nala in The Lion King remake when the film hit theaters on July 19. The cast was packed with big-name stars — Donald Glover, James Earl Jones (who voiced the original Mufasa), Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner — but we got just a little more excited when we heard Bey's voice come out of a fierce lioness.
Beyoncé and JAY-Z had a swingin' night out at their niece's Great Gatsby-themed birthday party.
A photo from her September 2018 Vogue feature was admitted into the Smithsonian.
The month of August started off with some pretty amazing news in the Bey world: one of the pictures from her historic September 2018 Vogue spread was admitted into Washington DC's Smithsonian museum. The snapshot — which was shot by 24-year-old photographer Tyler Mitchell — shows Beyoncé modeling a golden Valentino gown with a spiked Philip Treacy London hat. We already knew the singer is a work of art, but we appreciate the confirmation!
She launched a new collection of clothes and accessories with a super fun print.
She surprised fans with a TV special about the making of The Gift album.
As the queen of surprises, Beyoncé premiered an ABC special titled Beyoncé Presents: Making the Gift in September. The airing delved into her behind-the-scenes work with other artists, producers, and choreographers that brought her album The Lion King: The Gift to life. And, yes, it included a few adorable glimpses of Blue Ivy, as well as twins Sir and Rumi.
She made a special appearance at the Tyler Perry Studios Grand Opening Gala.
In October, Beyoncé popped up at the opening of Tyler Perry's Atlanta studio, along with JAY-Z and former Destiny's Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. The event was so meaningful to Bey, she posted about it on Instagram with a caption (!!!), writing, "It makes me so proud, so full, I could not stop crying."