Beyoncé and ‘Legendary’: Ballroom culture went mainstream. Now it looks to preserve its roots
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Beyoncé is not just a superstar — she’s got a music career, fashion empire and a $250 million empire.
She’s also a world-class athlete, a member of royalty in the arts and a multi-instrumentalist. Beyoncé has performed in front of 20 million people at concerts and events around the world (including the Super Bowl and Grammys) and opened acts for other artists, including Prince, Bob Dylan, and John Legend.
She’s in good company.
Among Beyoncé’s early influences were Sly and the Family Stone, the Dave Matthews Band and John Mayer. She was an aspiring singer and songwriter herself, writing her first and only single in 2001. But while she didn’t achieve commercial success until 2008, it wasn’t until 2014, when her album Lemonade became an international smash, that Beyoncé reached the mainstream.
Now, she is one of the youngest-ever supermodels, regularly making appearances in Vogue, GQ and Vanity Fair. She is also a Grammy Award-winning musician, recording two albums (one under the pseudonym Destiny’s Child) and touring with Jay-Z.
But along with the global fame, Beyoncé has also maintained her roots by producing a new album that’s in the process of being released in the United Kingdom.
In her new video for “The Edge of Glory,” Beyoncé is interviewed about why she signed a $7 million deal to perform in the US this month, and how she plans to stay true to her roots.
“The reason I say don’t be afraid is when you’re on a stage, sometimes you have to take a step back to remind yourself of who you are,” Beyoncé says in a rare interview. “Take myself, for example, to remind myself of who I am. And that’s what I did. I had to remind myself of the fact that women and men are different parts of the human spectrum. We have different talents and abilities, so it’s not just about doing the same thing over and over again. We have to let our abilities get to work.”
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