In Bey’s cover feature, she describes just how much time and effort has gone into molding her career.
“I worked so hard during my childhood to meet this goal: By the time I was 30 years old, I could do what I want,” she says. “I’ve reached that. I feel very fortunate to be in that position. But I’ve sacrificed a lot of things, and I’ve worked harder than probably anyone I know, at least in the music industry. So I just have to remind myself that I deserve it.” (GQ)
The award-winning singer also reveals where she keeps some of her most cherished archived footage stored.
Anytime she wants to remind herself of all that work–or almost anything else that’s ever happened in her life–all she has to do is walk down the hall. There, across from the narrow conference room in which you are interviewing her, is another long, narrow room that contains the official Beyoncé archive, a temperature-controlled digital-storage facility that contains virtually every existing photograph of her, starting with the very first frames taken of Destiny’s Child, the ’90s girl group she once fronted; every interview she’s ever done; every video of every show she’s ever performed; every diary entry she’s ever recorded while looking into the unblinking eye of her laptop. (GQ)
Later this month, Knowles is slated to hit the stage for PresidentBarack Obama‘s inauguration.
Pop stars Beyonce Knowles and Kelly Clarkson and folk veteranJames Taylor will perform at Barack Obama’s inauguration as he officially begins his second term as US president. “Their music is often at the heart of the American story and speaks to folks across the country,” Mr Obama said. Cuban-American Richard Blanco will be the 2013 inaugural poet at the event, in Washington DC on 21 January. (BBC UK)
She also made headlines recently after inking a $50 million Pepsi deal.
At some point after her Super Bowl XLVII halftime performance on February 3rd (of which Pepsi is a sponsor), the singer will appear in a new TV ad for the soft drink, which will also feature her face on a limited-edition run of soda cans. The deal will also involve sponsorship of her tour next year (Beyoncé is expected to release a new album at some point in 2013), along with a multi-million dollar fund for Beyoncé’s creative projects, even if they have no obvious connection to Pepsi. Lee Anne Callahan-Longo, general manager of Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment, said those collaborative projects could include live events, videos or “a cool photo shoot,” but are still at the early stages of development. (Rolling Stone)