Beyoncé was a star at Tuesday’s BET Awards (pictured), taking home two of the six prizes for which she was nominated, including R&B artist of the year and best video for the Ne-Yo-penned “bad all by myself” anthem “Irreplaceable.” And yet, I’m in no hurry to congratulate her.
Seeing that this was becoming a pattern of mine, I was starting to wonder if there was something wrong with me. Am I a “hater?” I’ll agree that B’s got talent, but I’ve decided that I must get this off of my chest:
I am so over Beyoncé.
And I’m in good company: Popera artist Rufus Wainwright recently told Spin magazinethat he was “sick” of the R&B/pop singer.
I used to be abig Beyoncé fan. In middle school I performed an anti-drug parody ofDestiny’s Child’s “No, No, No” in front of my social studies class. Imemorized the lyrics to most of the songs on the group’s sophomorealbum, The Writing’s on the Wall. I was there through the first and second Destiny’s Child lineup, and when B had the nerve to unveil a third lineup, did I scoff and run away? No. They were survivors and I loved them, especially Beyoncé.
And then she went solo. It was glorious. I belted out “Crazy inLove” while copying B’s runway walk in my dorm room. I wasn’t mad thatshe recycled Destiny Child’s “Dangerously in Love” or that she (and Ithink Kelly Rowland) said some variation of “I love you” some 27 timesin the last 45 seconds of the song alone. And I overlooked that creepyode-to-Daddy track, in which she croons “I want my unborn son to belike my daddy.”
But last summer, something started to change. I loved “Deja Vu,” the first single off of B’Day, though most people didn’t; EW reviewer Jody Rosen called it “oddly flat.” Still, beyond that funky, bass-filled track, B’Day was a big disappointment to me. And I realized that somewhere between being Bootylicious! and a whole lotta woman,Beyoncé had become larger than life. I couldn’t go anywhere withouthearing “to the left, to the left,” or without one of my friendsposting Facebook pictures of themselves in “freakum dresses.”
It was then that I decided to lay off of the Beyoncé for a while. It wasn’t that I thought I had a problemor anything. But it would give me time to enjoy other songstresses. Shealmost pulled me back with “Beautiful Liar” (that whole Shakira/Beyoncétwin thing in the video was manipulative!), but then she went and didlike 10 different versions, including one with herself.
And therein lies the problem, PopWatchers. It doesn’t matter whatRufus or I think. The only person that truly needs to get over Beyoncéis… Beyoncé
What do you think? Am I right? Or do I need to get over myself?