The Brit Awards always throw up some amazing performances…Adele’s spine tingling rendition of Someone Like You, Justin Timberlake and Kylie getting up close and personal with a cover of Blondie’s Rapture – and obviously Geri Halliwell’s union jack dress. And this year looks set to be a good one because…drum roll…Beyonce is playing! Yes, on February 20th the star will be in the UK to appear alongside One Direction, Emeli Sande (in a rare, non-Olympics related performance), Robbie Williams and Muse. What she’ll be doing is unclear – though it’s likely to be her new single. Though if she could fit in a little duet with One Direction, we’d like that a lot. Meanwhile, in anticipation of her performance, here’s our top 5 Beyonce TV appearances…
1. Destiny’s Child wow the Brits in 2001
Beyonce hits the Brits for the first time as part of Destiny’s Child to sing Independent Woman: Part 1, performing alongside such glittering alumni as Craig David, Hear’say and Sonique, Dressed in gold lame – what else? – they made the rest of the show look totally pointless.
2. X Factor 2008 - Beyonce makes Alexandra Burke cry
OK, not strictly a Beyonce performance, but still one of our favourite TV moments ever. Alexandra Burke performs Listen on the X Factor final. Half way through she starts convulsing and mumbling something about her hero. There’s a puff of smoke and like magic, Beyonce appears..and shows Ms Burke how its really done.
3. She runs the world at the 2011 Billboard Awards
Beyonce accepted the Millennium award for basically being the best pop star in the world, like ever. After a VT in which Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga and her mum reiterate how amazing she is, B took to the stage to perform Run The World (Girls), accompanied by a mind-boggling optical illusion dance routine. Our favourite moment is at 6.16, where she terrifies Glee’s Matthew Morrison.
4. Beyonce rules Glastonbury 2011
Where do we begin…the gold hotpants, the Destiny’s Child medley, the audacity of opening the show with her biggest hit, Crazy In Love, getting the entire crowd to sing Irreplaceable... This will go down as one of the all-time greatest Glastonbury performances. Plus, she was pregnant at the time. Give this woman an award. Another one.
5. A presidential performance
As the President and his wife had their first dance, Beyonce serenaded them with a version of Etta James’ At Last. Michelle Obama beamed, the world blubbed, B said it was the highlight of her career. Etta James? Less impressed. “That woman he had singing for him, singing my song — she's going to get her ass whipped."