February 6, 2020
Jay-Z has a message for all those who believed he and his wife Beyoncé were engaging in a silent protest at this year's Super Bowl: "It actually wasn't. Sorry."
The couple received some criticism after TMZ posted video showing them and their 8-year-old daughter Blue Ivy sitting while Demi Lovato performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl LIV.
On Tuesday TMZ posted video of Jay-Z addressing what happened during an appearance at Columbia University in New York City.
According to the mogul, the whole thing "was not premeditated at all," but was instead a case of him doing his job given that his Roc Nation corporation has a partnership with the NFL which includes producing the Super Bowl halftime show and other major performances.
He said his wife, who was a featured performer at the Super Bowl in 2013 and 2016, was offering him some insight about the experience and they were seated from the time Yolanda Adams sang "America the Beautiful" before Lovato sang the National Anthem.
January 27, 2020
Beyoncé has won the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Music Film for her Netflix documentary HOMECOMING: A Film by Beyoncé. The film, which captures her iconic 2018 Coachella performance, beat out the Miles Davis film Birth of the Cool, the David Crosby documentary Remember My Name, the Rick Rubin documentary series Shangri-La, and Thom Yorke’s ANIMA. Congratulations!
January 22, 2020
Beyoncé and Sony/ATV Music Publishing have signed a global agreement covering her entire song catalog.
The deal includes hits from Destiny’s Child, through to her collection of solo works written throughout her career.
The agreement with the publishing company reunites the artist with long-term ally Jon Platt, who joined Sony/ATV as Chairman and CEO last year.
“I am excited for what’s to come with my continued partnership with Jon Platt in his new leadership role at Sony/ATV,” said Beyoncé.
“Jon’s the executive who understands the creative mindset and continues to be both an advocate and protector. It has been an honor working with Jon from the start of my career.”
Sony/ATV Chairman and CEO Jon Platt, added: “Beyond all of her well-deserved accolades and accomplishments, Beyoncé is simply one of the most driven and impactful talents I know.
“I’ve had the privilege of making incredible music with her throughout her career and she continues to set the bar for creative expression in all forms.
“Beyoncé inspires generations with her songs and I am honored to reunite with her at Sony/ATV.”
January 18, 2020
Beyoncé has signed with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Variety has learned.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z have worked closely for much of their careers with Jon Platt, who took the reins at the Sony Music company as chairman and CEO in 2019.
Platt already brought Rihanna over to his new home last fall, after moving to Sony/ATV from Warner/Chappell earlier in the year.
That the Carters would look to follow Platt at some point was close to a given, considering their mutual words of affection and high praise in the past.
Jay-Z called Platt his “brother” and said he was “the Obama of the music industry” when the publishing exec was the honoree at the annual City of Hope Spirit of Life dinner in October 2018. “This man has worked his way up from a Denver DJ to be the highest-ranking black executive,” he said.
Beyoncé performed at that same event. “I’m so honored to celebrate you tonight,” she said of Platt. “Most people in this industry lead with their ego, but you lead with your heart. You’ve touched so many lives, mine included.”
January 15, 2020
Official images of Adidas and Ivy Park by Beyonce‘s collection have finally arrived, revealing a collection of 36 apparel and accessory items and four shoe silhouettes.
Prices ranges from $25 for socks and $29 for a backless cap up to $250 for an asymmetrical jacket. Footwear ranges in price from $99 for the Sleek Super 72 silhouette up to $199 for the Ultraboost. The Sleek Super 72 is offered in women’s sizing, while the Ultraboost and Nite Joggers are offered in men’s sizing.
Clothing is sized from XS-XL. It’s entirely possible Adidas will offer the pieces shown here along with some additional pieces or colorways.
According to Adidas Originals social media, the collection will drop on adidas.com and the Adidas app at 3:00 PM EST on January 17, 2019. The collection will launch at select Adidas stores and retail partners on January 18th
Items not included among images are a jumpsuit ($119), sweatshirt ($89) and bag ($99).
January 11, 2020
Reese Witherspoon can raise a toast this weekend with some high-end bubbly thanks to Beyoncé, Jay-Z and a little bit of courage.
"I just got home from New York and the most beautiful flowers are here and a case of Ace of Spades champagne," Witherspoon shared on her Instagram Stories. A note with the gift read, "More water from Jay & Bey."
It started with an encounter at last Sunday's Golden Globes ceremony when Witherspoon's table ran out of water. She thought it was only natural to ask the "Drunk in Love" couple for a champagne refill — and her bold move paid off.
The couple surprised the actress with a case of Armand de Brignac "Ace of Spades" champagne. Jay-Z has owned the luxury brand since 2014.
"It's 11:30. We're drinking champagne," Witherspoon said as she popped open a gold bottle with her mom, Betty, who asked whether it was too early to drink.
"Who cares? It's from Jay-Z and Beyoncé," the actress responded.
January 11, 2020
Beyoncé claims honor as the top music nominee for the 51st NAACP Image Awards with eight nominations. The two-hour ceremony will air live for the first time via BET Networks on Feb. 22 (8 pm. ET).
Beyoncé netted six music category nominations, including outstanding album (Homecoming: The Live Album), outstanding female artist, outstanding song-traditional (“Spirit”), outstanding song-contemporary (“Before I Let Go”), outstanding duo, group or collaboration (“Brown Skin Girl” featuring Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN & WizKid) and outstanding soundtrack/compilation album (The Lion King: The Gift). Her work also earned two additional nods for outstanding variety show-series or special and outstanding documentary-television (both for Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé),
January 6, 2020
Following the announcement of their industry-shifting global partnership in the spring of 2019, adidas and Beyoncé proudly introduce the first adidas x IVY PARK collection, available in stores and online January 18, 2020.
Beyoncé, one of the most celebrated visionaries of our time, has united with adidas, to design a collection that combines fashion and storytelling in an unprecedented way. This unique relationship champions the values of inclusivity, community and diversity and will take consumers on an unconventional journey starting with this capsule collection for Spring '20. The partnership respects Beyoncé's ownership of IVY PARK, and continues her journey as one of the first black women to be the sole owner of an athleisure brand.
"It is a dream come true to re-launch IVY PARK as the sole owner," said Beyoncé. "My team has worked hard with the adidas team in bringing my vision to life for this first collection and I am grateful and proud. From the accessories to the clothes and footwear, I wanted to design and re-imagine pieces that serve as favorite armor for anyone who acknowledges the strength in their individual style and lives freely and boldly."
Featuring the first-ever release of IVY PARK footwear and a powerful array of stylish and functional performance gear that includes gender-neutral apparel and accessories, the launch capsule collection of adidas x IVY PARK celebrates power, freedom and individuality for anyone who has the confidence to take chances and live unapologetically.
December 28, 2019
For fans hopeful for a Beyonce performance this weekend in Ghana, it’s bad news.
Because, it’s official: Queen Bey will not be taking to the stage.
For months, rumors have swirled about the superstar songstress performing during Year of the Return festivities in Accra. Which, for those not in the know, is an initiative to draw Black folk in the Western world and beyond back to the continent in recognition of it being 400 years since the first slave arrived in Virginia.
And the speculation intensified when Bey dropped Afrobeats-inspired project ‘The Gift’ – featuring many artists from the diaspora.
With many of said acts congregating this weekend at the AfroNation festival in Accra, anticipation for Bey reached fever pitch.
However, her longtime publicist has concretely denied any such showing:
December 18, 2019
Beyoncé — along with her mom, Tina Knowles, and guests including Kim Kardashian — attended a karaoke bash thrown by jeweler Lorraine Schwartz and her sister Ofira Sandberg at LA hot spot Blind Dragon this week.
“Beyoncé was dancing on a couch while her mom did a rendition of Chaka Khan’s ‘I Feel for You,’ ” said a spy.
We’re told other singers included DJ Cassidy — who took the stage to perform Nelly’s “Hot in Herre,” only to be joined by the rapper himself. Tiffany Haddish grabbed the mike to sing “Proud Mary,” and the evening ended with Schwartz and Sandberg belting out Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” — which we’re told had Beyoncé and other party guests dancing and singing along.
December 17, 2019
After accruing a whopping 23 Grammy Awards, Beyoncé is one step closer to adding an Oscar win to her list.
On Monday, Dec. 16, The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced shortlists in consideration for the 92nd Academy Awards in nine categories, including Music (Original Song). Queen Bey was nominated for her song "Spirit" from The Lion King.
According to a press release from The Academy, the 300-member music brand chose 15 songs from 75 entered. The list will be trimmed down to five when voting for the nominations begins Jan. 2. Nominees will be announced Jan. 13.
December 11, 2019
Collaboration is a needle-mover, and Adidas is positioned to generate buzz next year with a robust lineup of product with key partners.
Last week at the brand’s New York City showroom and office, Adidas North America president Zion Armstrong provided details to FN about the collections that are in the pipeline for 2020 — which includes its debut work with Beyoncé. (Adidas announced the partnership with Beyoncé and her Ivy Park brand in April.)
“In terms of range, there are two collections. There is Beyoncé and Adidas and then there’s Ivy Park,” Armstrong explained to FN. “And this is not just athleisure product. We have performance product. She is a phenomenal creator athlete and is helping us push the envelope in performance product with materials and fit.”
December 9, 2019
Beyoncé Knowles-Carter is ending the decade on a high note as best original song nominee for the 2020 Golden Globe Awards. She is nominated for the song "Spirit," from The Lion King, alongside Timothy McKenzie and Ilya Salmanzadeh. The Lion King is also nominated for best animated motion picture.
The 77th Golden Globe Awards will be held on Jan. 5, 2020, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.
Best Original Song, Motion Picture
“Beautiful Ghosts,” “Cats”
“I’m Gonna Love Me Again,” “Rocketman”
“Into the Unknown,” “Frozen 2”
“Spirit,” “The Lion King”
“Stand Up,” “Harriet”
Best Motion Picture, Animated
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”
“The Lion King”
“Toy Story 4”
December 9, 2019
The Lion King has been nominated in two categories for the 2020 Critics' Choice Awards, including Best Song for Beyonce's "Spirit". The winners will be revealed at the gala, which will be broadcast live on The CW Television Network on Sunday, January 12 from 7:00 – 10:00 pm ET (delayed PT).
“Glasgow (No Place Like Home)” – Wild Rose
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” – Rocketman
“I’m Standing With You” – Breakthrough
“Into the Unknown” – Frozen II
“Speechless” – Aladdin
“Spirit” – The Lion King
“Stand Up” – Harriet
Best Visual Effects
Ford v Ferrari
The Lion King
December 9, 2019
The International Documentary Association's 2019 awards took place Saturday night at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. Netflix's Beyoncé concert film Homecoming won in the Best Music Documentary category. Congrats!
Best Music Documentary
Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (winner)
The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash
Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men
December 9, 2019
Beyonce is not doing a Las Vegas residency, her rep has confirmed to Variety.
It’s “absolutely not true,” the rep stated.
Rumors that Queen Bey would be hitting the strip began circulating Saturday after website LoveBScott posted a story citing “sources” that said she would announce the residency in the first half of 2020. The report said the residency would have made Beyonce the highest-paid entertainer in the city.
The “Lemonade” mastermind has performed in Vegas before, releasing the “I Am… Yours: An Intimate Performance at Wynn Las Vegas” album, which was recorded over a few dates during her “I Am…” world tour, in 2009.
The news had, predictably, gotten Beyonce fans riled up, with some claiming that there was no way the star would agree to a residency rather than releasing a new album and touring in support. Others felt that the mother of three might like the steadiness of a residency as opposed to a world tour.
December 6, 2019
The 2nd annual National Film & TV Awards took place on Tuesday in Los Angeles. This year’s instalment saw Beyonce’s turn as Nala in ‘The Lion King’ honored with the award for Best Performance in an Animated Movie. Congrats!
December 2, 2019
In October, Mathew Knowles announced the release of a compilation album featuring unreleased music of Destiny's Child’s first incarnate, Girl's Tyme. The 15-track set was released today and accompanied by the book, ‘Destiny’s Child: The Untold Story.’ Listen to the album below and order the book here