Go ahead. Think whatever you're going to think. Judge away. Judge me. However, before you decide to judge or make any sort of evaluation on the artist being presented, please do yourself the pleasure of watching this video that I have had on repeat for weeks:
To be perfectly honest, I've been a fan of Beyoncé for over half of my life, more than any other artist. I remember first seeing her on a 1998 episode of Smart Guy. I was 7 years old. I wouldn't go as far as calling her my "favorite" but she's on the list. I cannot ever fully elaborate on what I see in Beyoncé as an artist. I almost feel as though I'm prepared to teach a college course on her. Not only on her life story, but how she is an excellent vocalist, and how every step in her career had it's artistic motivations. Oh, and has anyone ever seen her perform live? With all that energy, aren't you afraid that one of her appendages is just going to come flying off? I could show you video after video, demonstrating her ability both as a vocalist and an artist but I get it, some people just aren't going to believe me. I'll just say this: She sings live, she dances live, she has songwriting credits on nearly every one of her songs, she's classy, she pays tribute to the greats before her and she's not afraid to be vulnerable. She is the closest thing our generation has to an "icon" and she makes sure of that with every performance. Now go watch yourself some videos.
I have just ONE more to show you. Here's the video description the YouTube user provided:
"This is some powerful stuff! At a concert in Sydney this weekend, Beyonce picked a very special girl from the audience to come on stage with her as she sang the touching power ballad Halo.
Little Chelsea is suffering from Leukemia and the lyrics to the song took on a much deeper poignance as Beyonce sang them.There was not a dry eye in the house!Watch the very very very touching moment that has left us sobbing and teary-eyed mess (above).
P.S. Music can heal. It can!"
When I see this, I see an act of Christ-like love and concern. It also encourages me to be more Christ-like. Sure, I don't necessarily enjoy that her legs are having social hour, but does that mean that I shouldn't appreciate the fact that Beyoncé just gave little Chelsea the highlight of her life? No. Yeah, some of her songs (although they do have their artisitic value 97% of the time, really) are a little raunchy and indicative...but in this moment, I can put those differences aside and bask in the love. I suggest you do the same.