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No Sugar, No Cream: Why Beyoncé is the queen

The best performer of this generation is Beyoncé. This is a fact. This is indisputable. There is no other artist who even comes near her level of perfection. She is beauty, grace and stamina beyond anything I could ever imagine.

Beyonce was the first Black woman ever to headline Coachella. Her set was nearly two hours, and she did not miss a note. She didn’t forget a dance move. She didn’t miss a step. She went through four costume changes and reminded us why her legion of irritating superfans — who call themselves the “BeyHive” — refer to Beyoncé as “Queen Bey.”

Beyoncé has blessed us with album after album of hits, excluding “I Am… Sasha Fierce” because that was one of the worst albums I’ve ever heard in my entire life. She led Destiny’s Child. She gave us the “uh oh.” She did Jay-Z a favor by marrying him and blessing him with forgiveness when he had the nerve to cheat on her.

She also gave us the phrase “top two and I ain’t number two,” which people have decided to abuse as much as they possibly can. She gave us her self-titled album “Beyoncé” and hours of extra content from concerts we couldn’t afford tickets to. I thought she couldn’t top the visuals of every song in “Lemonade” — then she headlined Coachella 2018.

Beyoncé’s performance at Coachella reminded me that she really is a master at her craft. She is both talented and hardworking — she has been working hard since she was young in order to be the best. She continues to have a humble attitude, which I simply cannot fathom. I know that if I had gone from having hits as the lead singer of Destiny’s Child to a ridiculously successful solo career, I wouldn’t be humble, so now, I make it my job to make sure everyone is aware of how truly great Beyoncé is.

After downloading Beyoncé’s entire Coachella performance (in a completely legal way), I spent every free second watching and rewatching, trying to understand how someone could be that otherworldly. Beyoncé is always compared to Michael Jackson for being the best performer ever, which is a valid argument, but Michael Jackson could not sing the way she does. His dancing was over the top at shows, but he was not expected to have perfect vocals. Beyoncé does both — flawlessly.

After her Coachella performance was live-streamed, a wave of Beyoncé haters (mixed with all the astonishment) turned to Twitter with ugly, hot takes about how she’s not actually talented. As much as I love saying controversial things and slandering things that really are good, I would never say anything about Beyoncé that isn’t in praise of her. I slander things I love all the time, but there is nothing Beyoncé deserves less than people calling her performances trash.

I’m tired of people saying that she’s overrated. There isn’t any aspect of being a singer that she doesn’t own. Thinking Beyoncé is overrated is not edgy or a personality trait. It’s just hateful.

I’ve been listening to Beyoncé music almost exclusively for over two weeks now, and it’s caused me to arrive at one conclusion: if ever I found out that God spent extra time making Beyoncé and neglected me for this reason, I would be even more thankful than I am now.

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