From Destiny’s Child to Glastonbury and Coachella: Beyonce’s Biggest Moments

Beyoncé released her first full-length solo album since 2016, consisting of 16 tracks featuring her husband Jay-Z, Drake, producer Skrillex and The-Dream.

enaissance is the sequel to 2016’s Lemonade, which was accompanied by a 65-minute film of the same name and reached number one in many countries.

The pop superstar has since celebrated her 40th birthday, created a visual album and received her first Oscar nomination.

Here are some of the highlights from her 25-year career.

– go solo


Destiny’s Child at Brit Awards 2001 (John Stillwell/PA)

Beyoncé’s first solo recording was featured on future husband Jay-Z’s ’03 Bonnie & Clyde, but it was with the release of Crazy In Love in 2003 that her solo career began in earnest.

The track, another collaboration with Jay-Z, became an international hit, reaching number one in both the UK and US.

Her debut album Dangerous In Love followed suit and topped the charts around the world, and Beyoncé soon became a pop phenomenon.

– Her partnership with Jay-Z

After working together on ’03 Bonnie & Clyde, Beyoncé began dating rapper and Def Jam Recordings executive Jay-Z.

They secretly married in New York in 2008 and have three children – daughter Blue Ivy, 10, and five-year-old twins Rumi and Sir.

In addition to the romance, the couple continued to inspire each other in their creative work and recently became the face of Tiffany & Co.

Beyoncé’s 2016 album, Lemonade, dealt with Jay-Z’s alleged infidelity and sparked rumors about the identity of the rapper’s mistress with the line, “Better call Becky with good hair.”

– Starring in Dreamgirls


Beyoncé at the screening of “Dreamgirls” at the Cannes Film Festival (Anthony Harvey/PA)

Beyoncé established herself as a screen star in the 2006 film Dreamgirls, inspired by The Supremes story.

She played Dinah Jones, based on Motown star and Supremes lead member Diana Ross, and received rave reviews for her performance.

– Arouse the craze for dancing with lonely ladies (put on the ring)

This 2008 track exploring men’s reluctance to get into relationships was an instant hit, but its music video created a viral moment.

Beyoncé’s dance moves, choreographed by Frank Gatson Jr. and Jaquel Knight, have been copied by many big names and also parodied by Justin Timberlake on Saturday Night Live.

– Give Taylor Swift her 2009 VMA moment.

Beyoncé and Taylor Swift have supported each other throughout their careers.

This was illustrated at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards where Kanye West interrupted Swift’s acceptance speech to announce that Beyoncé still has “one of the best videos of all time”.

When Beyoncé was eventually awarded Single Women’s Video of the Year, she invited Swift back on stage to finish her speech.

– Headliner Glastonbury


Beyoncé at Glastonbury (Yui Mok/PA)

In a performance bested only by her own 2018 slot at Coachella, Beyoncé took her best performance at Glastonbury.

Although the festival commissioned an R&B headliner drew some criticism, Beyoncé impressed with an amazing performance, including tracks like Crazy In Love and Single Ladies.

– Surprising the world with his self-titled album

Beyoncé caused shock when she released her self-titled fifth studio album in December 2013, avoiding any advance announcements or promotions.

The move helped popularize surprise releases, with artists including Swift, Nicki Minaj, Eminem and Drake following suit.

– Her Vogue cover

Despite being featured on the cover of Vogue several times, Beyoncé stood out in the September 2018 issue.

She took full control of the cover, which was shot in East Sussex’s Hammerwood Park by photographer Tyler Mitchell, the first African-American to photograph a Vogue cover.

In the story, Beyoncé revealed that she had an emergency C-section with her twins because there was a health risk to both her and the children.

– Coachella headliner

Beyoncé’s two performances at the 2018 California Music Festival, the most lauded performances of her career, were homages to black culture, in particular historical black colleges and universities in the US, and featured a live band with over 100 dancers.

Destiny’s Child also reunited on stage during the show.

Beyoncé performed hits such as Crazy In Love, Formation, Sorry, Drunk In Love, Run The World (Girls) and Love On Top, as well as Destiny’s Child Say My Name, Soldier and Bug A Boo.

The following year, she released a documentary about the production’s creative process.