I used to underestimate Beyoncé’s singing ability. Her songs sounded strange in my ears, not melodious. I thought her first solo single ‘Crazy In Love’ (2003) was a lousy record with a video exposing her butt in dancing. It was long time ago. I mean I did misjudge her.
Now, I can say from my heart that Beyoncé sings very well and her songs are great. Sometimes, the melody is unusual – rather avant, not too beautiful but still catchy to listen to. Her musicality is excellent. She knows how to choose good songs to sing and music partners to work with.
Being nominated 3 times for Album of the Year at Grammy 2010, 2015, and 2017 (the first two failed to win), I am sure this year belongs to her. Her sixth studio album ‘Lemonade’ – with 9 nominations – will be Album of the Year. She leads the nomination.
So far, she is in the second position for female singers to hold most grammys. The first position goes to Alison Krauss, a country singer, with 27 grammys, meanwhile Beyoncé has 20. She beats Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Dolly Parton, Amy Winehouse, Adele, Taylor Swift, Alicia Keys, and Madonna. If she sweeps the table on February 12 (LA time), she will be a female singer who grabs most grammys.
Speaking about Beyoncé’s latest album ‘Lemonade’ (her second visual album), I give it 5 stars. It is a perfect album. I could be too much to say so, but I am mindful of my opinion.
A visual album (also called color music) is an album that encloses music videos in it. It consists of a CD for audio and DVD for visual. Her first visual album ‘Beyoncé’ (2013) was acclaimed to be the best album in 2014 with hit song ‘Drunk In Love’ (featuring her husband Jay Z in rap). Many critics said it was Miss Bey’s best album. The album was nominated as Album Of The Year at Grammy 2015. It lost to Beck’s ‘Morning Phase’.
Back to ‘Lemonade’, this work is better than the prevous one. We can find her anger without hatred. She sings about racism, betrayal, a cheating husband, a family, father, jealousy, love, black women, forgiveness. Her beautiful voice shows brilliant songs in forms of R&B (as usual), pop, rock, country, light blues, bounce (southern hip hop), rap, of course with exquisite videos. The appearance of Jack White of The White Stripe, The Weeknd, James Blake, and Kendrick Lamar as guest stars enriches this album. At first glance, I am reminded with Alanis Morissette’s performance in ‘You Oughta Know’ (1995). She was labeled as an angry white female. Can I say Beyoncé’s performance in video ‘Formation’ as an angry black female? Yes.
And I hope the luck comes to this lady, so she can take home all nine grammys for Album Of The Year (Lemonade), Record Of The Year (Formation), Song Of The Year (Formation), Best Urban Contemporary Album (Lemonade), Best Pop Solo Performance (Hold Up), Best Rock Performance (Don’t Hurt Yourself) feat. Jack White, Best Rap/Sung Performance (Freedom) feat. Kendrick Lamar, Best Music Video (Formation), Best Music Film (Lemonade).
Beyoncé as the most beautiful African American woman deserves praise for her masterpiece ‘Lemonade’.
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