Beyoncé has been named an ‘Icon’ on TIME’s “100 Most Influential People In The World” List.
Beyoncé contributed a song to the Great Gatsby soundtrack, and I worked with her quite intensely some years ago on the Academy Awards. When I met her, I was struck by her warmth and her humility; she was surrounded by family and was always family-oriented. For the Oscars, she had to learn some extremely difficult choreography, and she just had that incredible work ethic where she was in the door, hit the number, let’s go, let’s work. Just work. (Read More…)
BEYONCÉ KNOWLES, Salma Hayek and Frida Giannini have launched a new Gucci global campaign for female empowerment, Chime For Change. The initiative aims to raise funds and awareness in support of projects for girls and women around the world, through sharing “powerful stories” about inspiring females.
Beyoncé has signed a global publishing agreement with Warner/Chappell Music, Billboard has learned exclusively. Effective immediately, Warner/Chappell — headed by chairman/CEO Cameron Strang — will administer the 17-time Grammy winner’s future songwriting, including her anticipated next album.
We’ve long admired Lorraine Schwartz’s beautiful jewelry, spotted on stars including Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus. But the pieces these four celebs most recently sported have us dazzled for reasons beyond carats: Schwartz created them with help from pediatric patients at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
To honor her late mother, who died of lung cancer, Schwartz partnered with Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation to teach the patients, ages six to 15, how to create jewelry. They then designed pieces inspired by their favorite celebrities as a form of art therapy.
“One of the most memorable times for our family was when my mother made jewelry during her treatments,” Schwartz says. “It was so therapeutic for all of us. We still have those pieces and cherish them.”
And Schwartz had a big surprise in store for her students: Their creations would actually be worn by the A-list star for whom they had designed their jewelry.
Beyoncé (above) posed in the bright, flower-inspired gems created for her by Jozlyn, 12, which prominently feature the color blue for Beyoncé’s daughter Blue Ivy. “There was a lot of thought put into that,” Schwartz tells PEOPLE. “Beyoncé couldn’t have been more touched.” She adds that Jozlyn is “obsessed” with the superstar, saying “She’s the biggest star in the world to her … and [Jozlyn] was beyond excited to find out she wore her jewelry.”
Beyoncé’s Costumes for Her Super Bowl Halftime Performance
How many sparkling short-short ensembles can one woman rock between halves of the Super Bowl XLVII? We’ll find out February 3.
BEYONCÉ COVERS HERSELF IN GLORY
Confidenti@l has learned that Beyoncé will grace the March cover of Vogue. According to our sources, famed photog Annie Leibovitz did the shoot last week. It’s going to be quite a 2013 for Bey. In addition to performing for Super Bowl XLVII’s halftime show in early February, she plans to release a new album, which features collaborations with The-Dream, Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Ne-Yo and her hubby, Jay-Z.
All the single ladies will be watching the upcoming Super Bowl along with football lovers. That’s because Beyonce is the halftime show performer.
A source familiar with Super Bowl XLVII told The Associated Press the Grammy-winning diva will take the stage at the halftime show on Feb. 3, 2013, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because that person wasn’t authorized to publicly reveal the information.
The official announcement is expected Wednesday, the source said.
Beyonce, whose pop and R&B hits include “Crazy in Love,” ”Irreplaceable” and “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” has won 16 Grammy Awards. The 31-year-old sang the national anthem at Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004 in her hometown of Houston when the New England Patriots defeated the Carolina Panthers.
Madonna performed at halftime at this year’s Super Bowl in February with guests CeeLo Green, Nicki Minaj, LMFAO and M.I.A. The New York Giants beat the New England Patriots in a thrilling rematch of the contest four years earlier. Her performance was seen by 114 million people, a higher average than the game itself, which was seen by an estimated 111.3 million people, according to the Nielsen Co.
If Beyonce’s performance at the Pepsi NFL Halftime Show features collaborations, it could likely include husband-rapper Jay-Z and her Destiny’s Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.
New Orleans last hosted a Super Bowl in 2002, making next year’s game the first NFL championship in the city since Hurricane Katrina devastated parts of the Louisiana Superdome in 2005. Pepsi is returning as the sponsor for the halftime show since doing so in 2007 when Prince performed.
Beyoncé has already been booked to appear on The X Factor final this year – and has apparently been earmarked to perform a duet with Ella Henderson.
The Mirror reports that show boss Simon Cowell is so confident that the teenager will make the final three, he is already planning for her to sing with Bey.
It will be the pop superstar’s first visit to the show since her duet with a blubbing Alexandra Burke in 2008 – which was thought by many to have helped Alex secure the win.
A source told the paper: “We are delighted to get Beyoncé on the show because she is such a huge crowd pleaser and will make sure the final goes with a bang.
“The last time she sang with Alexandra it was incredible and we hope to have her sing a duet again. Ella is the one most likely to sing with her because hearing their voices together would be just amazing.
“The show is still in its early stages, but Simon hasn’t wasted any time in trying to line up acts for the final. He wants to get in there before Strictly.”
Strictly Come Dancing beat The X Factor in the ratings again this weekend, scoring 11.3 million viewers compared to 9.9 million.
In honor of her 31st birthday, Beyoncé’s family, friends, and business associates have taken over Beyonce.com to wish her on her big day. The page is filled with handwritten notes from loved ones including her mother, sister Solange, cousin Angie, mother-in-law, Michelle Williams, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, director Melina, and more.
Solange praised her sister’s kindness, selflessness, and generosity, while her nephew Julez sent his love to “Auntie BB.” Mama Knowles called her eldest daughter “one of the greatest gifts in my life” and her mother-in-law Mama Carter admired her for staying humble despite her success.
Read the outpouring of love in the digital birthday card above.
Via Fibre2fashion.com: Beyoncé and Tina Knowles unveil the campaign for their House of Deréon (HOD) autumn/winter 2012 collection. Shot by famed international celebrity and fashion photographer, Jean-Baptiste Mondino, the images feature the brand’s muse Beyoncé, wearing several key looks from the autumn/winter ’12 collection.
The much anticipated fall/winter collection was inspired by Beyoncé’s historic performance at the Glastonbury Music Festival last year.
The autumn delivery is focused around the ‘boho-inspired girl who attends the festival and includes floor length skirts, casual jersey tops paired with denim that is an homage to the alternative rock bands, their music and eclectic sense of style.
For winter, the inspiration is more focused around Beyoncé’s Glastonbury stage look. This delivery features sequined styles and an intensified color palette that uses strong shades of ruby and amethyst ground with black to create a bold, exciting fashion statement that evokes a luxe party theme and speaks to a rocker in all of us.
Brand co-founder, creative director and designer Tina Knowles said, “I am so excited about this autumn and winter ad campaign. The images of Beyoncé are amazing and we had a lot of fun using the festival experience as our inspiration.
“Like music, fashion has a universal appeal and we look forward to hearing the consumer’s reaction to the new campaign and to the collection.
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