Best Beyoncé Performances of All Time

Before Beyoncé’s next jaw-dropping performance at the Grammy Awards this weekend, here is a quick history of some of her most memorable stage numbers

For almost two decades now, Beyoncé has been wowing audiences and fans with her powerhouse voice and unique dance moves. Whether covers or originals, ballads or up tempo numbers, Queen Bey has not disappointed.

The soon-to-be mother of three is scheduled for a performance at this year’s Grammy Awards, which will be held on February 12, 2017. She announced her pregnancy with twins just last week, but apparently will not let the same slow her down. She leads the pack with nine nominations for Lemonade, including Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year. But before the festivities kick off this weekend, below is a review of some of Beyoncé’s most memorable live performances.

“At Last” (2009)

Sung at former US president Obama’s Inauguration Ball in 2009, Beyoncé had the crowd in tears as the first couple shared laughs and a private conversation. Dressed in a lavender gown, Beyoncé’s powerful voice, which was tender when necessary, made the night all the more memorable.

“If I Were A Boy”/ ”You Oughta Know” (2010)

Despite being on air for two years at that point, Beyoncé’s If I Were A Boy was still a hit at the 2010 Grammy Awards. In order to update the song, she mixed in You Oughta Know, thereby creating a partnership between a ballad and a gritty breakup song that other musicians might have had trouble pulling off. But being the professional that she is, Beyoncé rose up and performed one of the best musical mashups to date.

“Run The World (Girls)” (2011)

To commemorate her Billboard Millennium Award—of which she was the pioneer recipient—Beyoncé chose to showcase her feminist side at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards. Backed up by an army of female dancers and an awe-inspiring interactive backdrop, Beyoncé did what she did best and bore her soul for girls around the world who needed a role model. Matthew Morrison also had an unforgettable guest role.

“Love On Top” (2011)

In 2011, Beyoncé announced that she was pregnant with her first child with husband Jay Z. Some two hours after the record-breaking announcement—as it generated more than 8,000 tweets per second—she performed Love On Top. It was one of her lower tempo numbers, but it was appropriate considering her situation. Whether or not this year’s Grammy performance will follow suit is still unknown.

“Formation” (2016)

Over the years, the Super Bowl has become more than just a sporting event—it has become a musical one. Last year, Beyoncé performed a remarkable rendition of Formation. The choreography was so elaborate that even Queen Bey made a misstep. Her recovery, however, was so graceful that the near-fall is hardly recognizable.

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