The cover of the March issue of Vogue, which is graced by none other than Beyonce Knowles, has it about right: “Beyonce Rules the World.” With the premiere this week of her self-directed HBO documentary, Beyonce: Life is But a Dream, following on the heels of her spectacular Super Bowl halftime show, the 31-year-old superstar is looking to have a fabulous year — in a career of fabulous years.
The Beyonce haters out there will get plenty of ammunition this year, as Bey will be center stage everywhere they turn, with big concerts and an extravagant tour, called “The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour,” at arenas across the country. Tickets for the show at Barclays Arena in Brooklyn, the arena that is now so closely associated with her husband, sold out in seemingly a matter of seconds, leading Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker, wife of tennis star Andy Roddick, to go on Twitter and cry about her failure to secure tickets.
“How is this possible?! Two of us click ‘purchase tickets’ at 9am the SECOND they go on sale and they are GONE! WAHHH #CantAGirlSeeBeyonce?!” she tweeted.
“WHYYYYYY *cue ugly cry* WHYYYY where else can I buy them.. I need 7 together.. stubhubs out.. I checked.”
The year got off to a rocky start for the mother of Blue Ivy when controversy bubbled up over her national anthem performance at President Obama’s inauguration. A member of the band that accompanied her alleged that Beyonce lip synced the anthem — forcing Bey to admit that she had performed over a pre-recorded track, which is common for stars who are onstage outdoors in inclement weather. But Beyonce put that scandal to rest at her pre-Super Bowl press conference when she sang the anthem a cappella, blowing the audience away. And it’s been all unicorns and fireworks since then.
Joined on the red carpet by stars such as Oprah Winfrey at Manhattan’s Ziegfeld Theatre for the premiere of her HBO special, Beyonce told reporters that she made the documentary for her daughter, Blue Ivy.
“I hope that she will see all of the beautiful times (and) all the tough times that led up to her being here… I’m hoping that… it can comfort her and inspire her in her life when she needs it,” Beyonce said.
But she admitted that she was extremely nervous about revealing so much of herself. Before the premiere, she said the only other people outside of HBO who had seen it were her husband, Jay-Z, and her mother, Tina Knowles.
“Mystique is very important… It doesn’t matter if you’re a celebrity — just as a woman — I think it’s important. But, at the same time, I felt like it was time for me to share my story because I’ve been through so much and I have so much to celebrate, so much to share,” Beyonce told Access Hollywood’s Michelle Beadle on the red carpet. “And, I’ve always directed these little movies and now I have directed a film for HBO and I’m so proud.”
Beyonce, who reveals in the film that she had a miscarriage before conceiving Blue Ivy, said the film charts her growth.
“I really grew so much. This movie has really been my therapy,” she said. “I’ve healed from so many wounds and I’ve been able to understand why some of the things I’ve been through, why I went through (them), so feel really proud, and hopefully I can inspire other people.”
Bey admitted she was still floating on air after her Super Bowl performance in New Orleans a week ago.
“I feel like it’s gonna take me a few more weeks to come back to earth because I tried to go into the recording studio, and I’m like, ‘What am I doing here? I need to just chill and kind of enjoy all of that crazy work I did,’ ” she said, laughing.