Diva

Once upon a time there was a beautiful young lady, we shall call her "Diva" Now if Diva really wanted to should could have been a world famous supermodel. She certainly had the looks and the attitude, but what she really wanted to do was sing. She had studied all of the greats and the legends before her and had incorporated it into her own style. So after years of showcases and meeting with record labels Diva got a record deal. Diva was heavily and methodically groomed and marketed for white and black audiences and she became an instant hit on both the R&B and Pop charts. Year after year Diva had hit after hit and sold millions of albums around the world.

Diva starred in a movies, endorsed products, and performed on stages around the world, sweeping award shows, making other female artists look downright lazy. In just a short amount of time Diva totally dominated the industry, achieving a lifetime's worth of accomplishments, and surpassing legends before her. Diva performed for presidents. Diva performed for world leaders. Diva sang at Super Bowl as our troops fought overseas. Diva became one of the biggest stars in the world. Yet family remained important to her. Diva took her parents to all of the award shows and she gave other family members jobs working for her traveling with her everywhere she went. They were there to keep her grounded because she was achieving a level of worldwide success that was uncommon, especially for black female artists.

But things weren't perfect for Diva. People thought the man that helped her get into the industry was pulling all of her strings. They thought he controlled her every move because a woman, particularly a black woman, can't think for herself.

Right?

And we weren't all that nice to Diva. We called her fake. A sellout. An oreo. Yeah she could sing, but we said she was watered down and had no soul. We even booed her a couple of times. Yet Diva only got bigger. She continued to slaughter her competition on stage, on record at award shows.

Then one day Diva married a "bad boy". We didn't quite understand the attraction between a middle-class princess and a dude from the projects. So we said it wasn't a real marriage, but a busiess arrangement. He was supposed to give her street cred. She was supposed to give him "pop cred". Yet, despite the criticism Diva just got bigger.

After awhile Diva became a larger-than-life figure, almost mythical. Everything she did and everything she said was dissected. Sliced. Diced. Chopped And screwed. So much so that we forgot that in the center of all the rumors and hype was a massively talented woman. And we didn't start fully appreciating the talent until we almost lost it. And after the booing, the ridicule, the rumors, and doing everything we could to degrade her, as she stood before us, a broken shell of her former self, we had the audacity to look at her and ask "What happened?"


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This year she has a new album coming out and she's eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She's alive and well (and looking good), so let's give her props while see's still around to see it.







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67 comments:

Billy said...

The story of "Diva" is frighteningly similar to Beyonce up until the "shell of her former self thing" and minus the girl group.

This post is deep. You do these more. Try Janet or Aretha next!!!!

Q, Truly said...

wha happened to 'wordpress?'

i think u just wanted to retract that hell date post

tigermichal said...

story sounds very similar to a certain other DIVA :)

lildrummerboi said...

Oh the irony...

But besides that, I am looking forward to Ms. Houston's comeback (...if she even left).

Anonymous said...

BRavo!!! (In the Oprah voice) lol

tanya said...

woooooooah so true!

H.C said...

It's kinda of scary! I hope we never get the chance to ask Beyonce "what happened?"

we will always support Whitney!

O.PF.T HIMALAYA said...

As always you come down with the truth.

If this post does not convince people of wht we already know (that B is a legend ),then i dont know what will

All hail Whitney the Original Diva

O.P.F.T HIMALAYA said...

I Shall correct myself before Aretha checks me cause we all know she is the original Diva.

All Hail the legend that is Whitney

Anonymous said...

I knew something was up when you said she coulda been a model, because Beyonce damn sure couldn't with them "Thickums"!!!

lol. no shade

Anonymous said...

a very poignant observation. This is the first and only time that i want these other bloggers to steal your shit and post it. so every one can get this message. I for one can't wait for Whitney's album- the original Diva.

Beyonceitis said...

I knew something was up when you said she coulda been a model, because Beyonce damn sure couldn't with them "Thickums"!!!
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HAHAHAHAHAHA!

Well, would you at least agree that Deena Jones coulda been a model?

melissa said...

DIVA sounds like Beyonce

Tayda said...

Hell date!

You make me wanna go run up outta here and yell "Where the cameras at!?"

It's a hell date.

A date from hell!

MJ said...

I grew up on Diva (thanks Mom!). I like Diva. Diva's cool, although I still laugh at MadTV's Diva skits.... them shits is funny.

Billy said...

a very poignant observation. This is the first and only time that i want these other bloggers to steal your shit and post it. so every one can get this message. I for one can't wait for Whitney's album- the original Diva.


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Jaz said...

Very well said Beyonceitis. "If you admire somebody you should go 'head & tell em', people never get the flowers while they can still smell em'."
-KanYe


Evil (white) people love to put the legends down, its our job as supporters to not be "ingnit" and believe everything that is put out there. Doesn't sound that hard...

R J Samuel said...

I think you are so on point with all of your posts. As an original Whitney fan, I kinda put her on the shelf when she started getting frayed around the edges and started playing with my new doll, Beyonce. I always knew she was there, but not active. And yes I guess some may even call me a fairweather fan. Its just that when as a fan you become sooooo wrapped up in their successes and everyone you know identifies you so closely with them, when they crash and burn (or in this case she crashed but was pulled from the wreckage) the mockery and the shade gets directed at you. and its just too much. Anyway if one thing is to come out of Michael's death it certainly will be an appreciation for Whitney and her talent.

"Behold world, you are about to WHITness the complete domination and reemergence of the one and only the TRUE VOICE, not "the voice", THE TRUE VOICE- the blueprint for diva vocal prowess, there is none other, nor will they'll be another - Whitney Elizabeth "Nippy" Houston. Ladies and Gentlemen she is back - September 1st 2009 and beyond...Get ready...Stay tuned...." - Sexcess1

Anonymous said...

I love Whitney. The fact that she's a Beyonce fan has SHIT to do with it. Fuck y'all.

Billy said...

I love Whitney. The fact that she's a Beyonce fan has SHIT to do with it. Fuck y'all.

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We aint mocking Whitney we praising her

Anonymous said...

Beyoncé needs no introduction. Houston’s brightest star — yeah, I said it — has broken beyond the bubble of pop divadom and soared into global consciousness.

If that sounds like an exaggeration, consider this — the former Destiny’s Child singer was listed fourth on Forbes’ list of the 100 Most Powerful and Influential Celebrities in the world and third on its list of top-grossing musicians (more than $87 million from 2008-09).

Ultimately, however, loving Beyoncé isn’t about numbers. Here are 10 reasons why she’ll always be our Queen B:

1. She sings live: Beyoncé does not rely on recorded vocals to protect her pop-star shimmer. No Britney business here, thank you very much. The Houston diva gives crowds her real voice, flaws and all. Not that there are many. At its frequent best, Beyoncé’s voice is strong, clear and intense, able to project vulnerable emotion (Broken-Hearted Girl) or lioness pride (Diva). Aside from an echo effect that’s sometimes added, you’re getting the natural B.

2. She’s bootylicious: Real women, so the saying goes, have curves. Beyoncé celebrates hers, strutting her physical assets in outfits that often enhance her hourglass figure. In her world, hips are heavenly and backsides are beautiful. Check her performance at the recent BET Awards — a shapely silhouette swaying along to the music.

3. She's a good girl: Barring any unexpected life twists, you’ll probably never, ever find our girl B splashed across the cover of a tabloid for bratty behavior or unsavory actions. We’re not saying she’s perfect, but Beyoncé, perhaps more than any other superstar, exudes class and grace. Witness her reaction — or nonreaction — to jealous remarks from grande dames Aretha Franklin (who balked when Beyoncé referred to Tina Turner as “the queen” during the 2008 Grammys) and Etta James (who threw a diva-fit when Beyoncé was asked to sing At Last at President Barack Obama’s inaugural ball).

4. Her HTown accent: She may not get home as much as she used to, but every time Beyoncé speaks, it’s pure Houston. The ever-so-slight twang. The way she trails off at the end of words. The running-together of words and syllables. If you’re from these parts, it’s comforting, familiar and a bit of a kick.

5. She's, uh, gorgeous: This one’s a no-brainer. And for current proof, look up B’s recent video for Broken-Hearted Girl. Those black-and-white closeups in the car? Jaw-droppingly gorgeous.

Anonymous said...

6. Irreplaceable: Beyoncé’s musical output, from Destiny’s Child to today, has always been grade-A pop stuff. But once she uttered, “To the left, to the left,” things changed. That wistful, willful kiss-off anthem solidified her status as one of this generation’s most vibrant pop voices. And I won’t soon forget the sight and sound of more than 10,000 fans chanting the lyrics alongside their diva, mussed hair and sweaty face, at the end of her 2007 concert.

7. She sings (well) en espanol: Let’s be honest. There was no need for Beyoncé to record in Spanish. She’s already a cross-cultural superstar. But the Irreemplazable EP was issued in 2007, featuring Spanish-language takes on Irreplaceable, Beautiful Liar and Listen (from Dreamgirls). It also featured Amor Gitano, a steamy duet with ranchera singer Alejandro Fernandez. But the real news was Beyoncé’s near-flawless handling of the language. She’ll show it off again on another Spanish-language disc later this year, which will include Si yo fuera un chico (If I Were a Boy).

8. The Single Ladies dance: Beyoncé’s sexy swagger of a dance — and first look at her Sasha Fierce alter ego — became a bona fide pop-culture phenomenon. The Bob Fosse-inspired video in turn prompted countless imitators, including YouTube sensation Shane Mercado, Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg (via Saturday Night Live) and, most recently, Joe Jonas.

9. Resentment: Doubters of Beyoncé’s immense talent need only give one listen to this track from 2006’s B’Day. It’s a stunner — a visceral, emotional showcase that casts Beyoncé as a scorned, sorrowful woman. You can almost feel the pain in her delivery.

10. That metal glove: Silly? Maybe. But be honest — you’d wear it if you could pull it off. It’s pretty (Sasha) fierce.

WE LOVE YOU TINA,WHITNEY,LIONEL,MJ and al
CANT WAIT FOR SWEET DREAMS VIDEO -july 9th-

Jeff said...

I hate to say it, but I heard Whitney's comeback track "I Didn't Know My Own Strength" and she just doesn't have the same voice anymore. I was really rooting for her, and I still hope she can make a comeback. But the new single doesn't do it for me. It's a good song, she just sang it awkwardly. :/

Billy said...

Jeff said...

I hate to say it, but I heard Whitney's comeback track "I Didn't Know My Own Strength" and she just doesn't have the same voice anymore. I was really rooting for her, and I still hope she can make a comeback. But the new single doesn't do it for me. It's a good song, she just sang it awkwardly. :/

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Yeah her voice doesnt have the same clarity she once had but she can still outsing most of these chicks out today.

Viva la Whitney!

Anonymous said...

but she can still outsing most of these chicks out today
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Yep.

Anonymous said...

I love Whitney. The fact that she's a Beyonce fan has SHIT to do with it. Fuck y'all.

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We aint mocking Whitney we praising her
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I'm being dumb I didn't want it to seem like I only liked Whitney because she stans out over Beyonce. haha

Huey said...

When did Whitney stan over Beyonce? Can I get a link please?


And the Sasha Fierce glove was stolen(or... "inspired") from MJ. She stole from the king just like everybody else important in the music indusrty today.

Anonymous said...

mmm
MJ ,Kylie,Fosse?
Who cares? this is beyoncé and her signature glove,dance routine and music video.It amazes me when I read some blogs:
-Lashit(or LAfan) meet Bey at BET backstage y'all
-Bey's hair *.*
to Quote MJ:"WHAT ABOUT US?"
no words on whitney new album or few words.

Billy said...

Huey said...
When did Whitney stan over Beyonce? Can I get a link please?


And the Sasha Fierce glove was stolen(or... "inspired") from MJ. She stole from the king just like everybody else important in the music indusrty today.

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calm your stan ass down. Whitney actually likes Beyonce. I remember she wore a T-shirt on Bobby Brown with Beyonce on it. But Whitney isnt a mean diva at all she is supportive of the younger talented acts.

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Anonymous said...

Why are white people so crazy? Killing themselves & what not?

I know this is off topic, but I'm friends with this white Beyonce fan/stan/sasha fierce support representative on myspace & she just left a suicide note. In a f*cking bulletin on Myspace.

SMH

Anonymous said...

I knew this wasnt beyonce wen they said she was gettin booed who in there rite mind has ever booed a beyonce performance

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I knew this wasnt beyonce wen they said she was gettin booed who in there rite mind has ever booed a beyonce performance
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H.C said...

^^^^^^

Destiny's Child got booed a couple of times....
anyway how about our other diva having the first sold out show in Essence festival history & performing for 80.000 people...

It'sJustTheInternetSilly said...

Still. Love. Whitney.

And it's been pissing me off to all of a sudden see people remembering MJ's talent.
I can only hope this will be a cautionary tail.

Anonymous said...

Its pissing you off that they like MJ? Isn't that a good thing??


I think its funny though how all of a sudden people are just now looking back and saying "hey, maybe he didn't do it.."
That was already pretty obvious years ago. Niggas don't 'preciate shit until its gone.




And I have an older brohter, and I would NEVER dress like this around him.

http://justjared.buzznet.com/2009/07/05/rihanna-fourth-of-july/


Thats what you call a "shameless ho."

Anonymous said...

@6:00 pm
Family or not?
I wont let my Man(even more my HUSBAND) spend time with a girl dressed like that.
jay ? Really...

H.C said...

ok, ket me clear some things first, Jay doesn't control who comes to his shows, he doesn't control who comes to his partys, he doesn't control who his friends are fucking (bc you know tyty & JB are fucking riho, right!) & he doesn't control the way a hoe dresses, what do you exepect him to do? see that ho dressed like that & leave the club? tell his friends who are fucking her not to hang around her? tell that hoe what to wear?? what can he do??
& you can tell he was very incofortable in these pics like he always has his back turned to her & he ain't paying her no mind...

with that being said, if i were Bey I'll be mad, @ him & @ her, "she's family" my ass!
even tough Jay can't control all these things there is one thing he can control tough & that's the people he keeps around him, he's free to choose his friends & riho shoudn't be one!
like, common Jay! you gonna get rid of T.Mari & foxy bc they are trouble but gonna keep riho when she's obviously trouble! someone should knock some sense into his big head!
& shame, SHAME on tyty & JB! both married mens with kids!

Anonymous said...

Its pissing you off that they like MJ? Isn't that a good thing??


I think its funny though how all of a sudden people are just now looking back and saying "hey, maybe he didn't do it.."
That was already pretty obvious years ago. Niggas don't 'preciate shit until its gone.




And I have an older brohter, and I would NEVER dress like this around him.

http://justjared.buzznet.com/2009/07/05/rihanna-fourth-of-july/


Thats what you call a "shameless ho."
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The poster is talking about how people didn't realize how great MJ was until all of a sudden he was gone.

Anonymous said...

& shame, SHAME on tyty & JB! both married mens with kids!


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Dead HC
I dont care what Jay cant control or not(rumour,outfits..) but he got this rumor on his ass with the ho,then the naked pics of her "LIL SISTER" he saw obviously..Now this? A way to keep people talkin about him and riho or she's really his mistress?

If I were bey,I will be mad to because this not a usual hoe;this is a celebrity hoe like Paris,kim & sisters,..And she thanks her fans cause they defend her on the internet? my ass.I am not gonna defend this submissive wife anymore

H.C said...

^^^^^^^

Dear Anonymous poster
A submissive wife is a little harsh, no one really know what's going down @ the Carters house, plus if Bey was a submissive wife, she would be now a staying home mother of two big headed childrens but obviously she does what she wants to do whatever sha wanna do it, when it comes to riho being Jay's mistress, you can get that idea out of your head, the ho publicist said he made that up, what more do you need, plus they all belong to the same industry, if it was the case don't you think Bey would know & Tina & Solo & most importantly Mathew! if Jay slept with riho Bey woudn't be with him right now. point,blank,period.

& you know what? The good thing is that you don't have to defend Beyonce, I'm sure she can defend herself.

Anonymous said...

@HC
"Defend" her on the internet and ONLY about this rumor(jay/rih).For the other things,i can kill for my beybey.

I dont care what's goin on in Tribeca appartement but for sure,she cant say to her husband to stop feeding this old fuckin Rumor by spending his time talkin&defendin her asses.It's weird.That's the reason why any rihanna post on blogs turn into a bey's post.Beyitis says that we got a vodoo doll of rihanna LMAO.Jay create this link all the time between the 2,not US.

Bey cant even smile with Ludacris so ...she is a lil bit submissive for me HC,a lil bit
*sorry for the long post

Anonymous said...

OH and she was babysitting this same man lil boy? *rhetoric*

anyways..congrats to bey for the essence sold out show.
Perez hilton need to shut up

H.C said...

Common now, Jay was obviously kidding with Luda...don't take that shit too far, & Bey never cared about any of the rumors that have ben said about her over the years so I doubt she cares about this one...

Like I said millions of times before, I don't like that ho around Jay either but I refuse to believe that Bey is some weak minded woman who lets her husband do whatever he wants...

remember that article where Patti talked about how when she met Jay she hugged him & left makeup on his white sweater & he told her"You'd better call B and let her know this is your makeup"
Sasha doesn't play lol!

Tayda said...

You damn stans. The essays. The term papers. The fuckery. I'm ashamed to be seen with the lot of you.

If you need me I'll be in the sky... in my trench, my locs, my hat, to make sure I'm lowkey.

Anonymous said...

LMAO @HC & Tayda too.

SASHA DOESNT PLAY for sure.;)
But rihanna's stans love to play(so did her people).
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that Bey is some weak minded woman who lets her husband do whatever he wants...
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WE NEVER KNOW,REMEMBER CB(nice lil boy until that pre-grammy party?
anyways...anyways

So tayda u'r not proud of sasha's fans,Why?

Anonymous said...

Say what you want about Whitney but you ain't never saw Bobby running around with Anita Baker or Toni Braxton or any of Whitney's "competition"...

MMMhmmmm...

H.C said...

Of course, we never know...
but anywhoo let's change the subject, so now with the tour & stuff a lot of fans get to meet Beysus & not too long ago, a guy met Tina & he asked her if she knew about BWB & he said she gived him a crazy look & said she knows ALL about BWB, & now this other fan met Beysus & he asked her if she visits BWB & she said that she does & that she once told people she was Beyonce & they cuss her out! so I was thinking if she know BWB then she def know Beyonceitis!
I bet her ass is hooked on this site!

H.C said...

oh & give me a break Tayda, I was on the road with mom & pop for 10 straight hours today & I bet yo ass never seen what a road of a third world country looks like so shut the hell up!

It'sJustTheInternetSilly said...

Thank you Tayda.
For both reminding people that their professors, teaching assistants,lecturers, and parole officers are not reading these posts so brevity is acceptable and for quoting Aaliyah.

Anonymous said...

Say what you want about Whitney but you ain't never saw Bobby running around with Anita Baker or Toni Braxton or any of Whitney's "competition"...

MMMhmmmm...LMAO
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We call it respect.

If he knows that he married the HOTTEST CHICK IN THE GAME;she didnt married the hottest fella in the game ..-_- period

Love the Carters anyways

Anonymous said...

Nice post. Don't know if all the oreo white bread talk is being brought up here to parallel criticism for the whack tracks from "I Am" but in Whit's defense, ALL of her cross-over pop hits were the bomb...as a Black little girl growing up in the 80s, I never thought Whitney was anything but Black-and a rowdy Soultrain Award show audience hardly reflects the masses of Black folk. And if anyone's tripping still off of Beyonce's blonde lacefronts I defy them to tell me they don't know any old ass black women who've been "blondes" since the 70's. Anywho here's to hoping Whit's comeback is a healthy and successful one and that Beyonce's next album is soul, R&B and/or dance driven (no more Ava Maria's please)...I'd hate to think the "I Am" tour is the last time I'll want to see her live. "Different" isn't good if it's not good.

Anonymous said...

WOW!! very talented writer I thought you were talking about the female version of a hustler


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O.P.F.T HIMALAYA said...

Love Mr Carter to the Max but his behaviour at times lacks appeal of appeasement.

lildrummerboi said...

I can't take no mo!

Call me when we've moved on...

Anonymous said...

9:26 said..

That's the reason why any rihanna post on blogs turn into a bey's post.Beyitis says that we got a vodoo doll of rihanna LMAO.


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I'm sure someone already saved those pictures, made a slideshow with them to the tune of Destiny's Child's "Nasty Girl" and posted it on Youtube. LOL

Anonymous said...

hahahahah @ "Love Mr Carter to the Max but his behaviour at times lacks appeal of appeasement.

July 6, 2009 1:40 PM"



Lacks appeal of appeasment indeed! lol. I'm giving him a severe side eye right about now.

Anonymous said...

@7:31
mmm And rihanna is recording her own version of Diva with different lyrics like:

"Stop the track, let me state trash"

"I know you read the paper
The one that they call a slut"

"Tell me something,where your husband at?"

Anonymous said...

and of course
"Under my umbrella,
und' und' my umbrella ,hey
und' und' my umbrella ,hey
und' und' my umbrella ,hey
"

Kjen said...

do all fan/celebrities relationships become dysfunctional after awhile?

Both sides are seeking something they can't get in real life, so they continuously seek out one another. Until one side or the other overdoses.

Then they/we go to the corner for rehab until the time comes when we decide that we miss it, and convenietly forget the downsides all over again.

It's an absurdly profitable cycle.

Anonymous said...

do all fan/celebrities relationships become dysfunctional after awhile?

Both sides are seeking something they can't get in real life, so they continuously seek out one another. Until one side or the other overdoses.

Then they/we go to the corner for rehab until the time comes when we decide that we miss it, and convenietly forget the downsides all over again.

It's an absurdly profitable cycle.
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The thing is, it IS real life, but played out in front of millions of people. It's no different from non-famous couples/

H.C said...

shit! Im sicka this! we need a new post Beyonceitis! why don't you tell us about your Beyonchichi experience?

Anonymous said...

beautifully written!!!

Anonymous said...

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I'd like to think that I am Britney to the wigcrypt's Madonna, please check my desperate ass out and prove my daddy wrong, I CAN MAKE SOMETHING OUT OF MYSELF.

Anonymous said...

6:14
I love your blog and that post about Bey/MJ memorial.Funny :D

i miss it from Beyitis.And the KFC reference...genuis LMAO

KFC= knowles fierce carter

Beyonceitis said...

Anonymous said...
http://www.popslut-thepopwhore.blogspot.com/

I'd like to think that I am Britney to the wigcrypt's Madonna, please check my desperate ass out and prove my daddy wrong, I CAN MAKE SOMETHING OUT OF MYSELF.
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Your blog is too hot for TV.

kaka said...

I think it is ok to not like Beyonce' if she slapped your mama, stole your man, ate all your Popeye's and didn't give you a crumb, or wore the same dress as you to the Grammy's and somehow managed to make you look loke a tranny in said dress. However it is silly not to like her because your favorite artist isn't doing quite so well.

I enjoy Beyonce's music LIVE. It's strange I lover her but I'd rather hear her live than on the radio. Although I can't help myself I must play Get Me Bodied very loud and I know every dance move. It's so much fun.
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