Toffler, who headed up MTV at the time, says his favorite VMA moment was being at the center of Kanye’s interruption of Swift at the 2009 VMAs. West interrupted Swift’s speech saying:
Yo, Taylor, I’m really happy for you — I’mma let you finish — but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time! One of the best videos of all time!
When Kanye walked up onstage with Taylor [Swift] that year, it turned out that Taylor had to go onstage to do her song five minutes later. I ran out of the truck to see that everything was all right, and Taylor and her mom were crying hysterically. I’m not always wonderful with emotions. I didn’t know what to say. Then I went backstage, and Beyonce was crying, too.
The estate of late Messy Mya sues Beyonce for copyright infringement and other counts, seeking $20 million for damages over claims that she improperly used Mya’s voice in her song Formation. According to the suit, Formation misappropriated the lyrics “What happened at the New Orleans” and “Bitch, I’m back by popular demand” from Barre’s 2010 work Booking the Hoes From New Wildings. The suit also claims that the line “Oh yeah baby. I like that” from his A 27-Piece Huh? was wrongfully lifted. The lawsuit reads:
Defendants used Mr. Barre’s voice, performance and words from his copyrighted works to create the tone, mood, setting and location of the New Orleans-themed Formation.
Coldplay release the audio for Adventure of a Lifetime, from their album, A Head Full of Dreams. The band says they have collaborated with Tove Lo, Noel Gallagher and Beyonce on the album, which will contain 12 songs, including a hidden track, X Marks The Spot. Parlophone:
Revitalized, they’ve made an album that’s bursting with energy, colour and big, life-affirming moments such as the deliciously ebullient first single Adventure of a Lifetime and the rocket-powered Hymn for the Weekend. Coldplay has never enjoyed making a record more than this one. Nor have they been happier with the results.
Williams, Rowland and Knowles perform Say Yes during the Stellar Awards show promoting William’s album Journey To Freedom.
Jay-Z launches his streaming music service TIDAL at an industry event, #TIDALforall at Skylight in Moynihan Station in New York City. He announces his partnership with 16 other artists, including Beyonce, Madonna, Usher, Rihanna, Butler and Chassagne of Arcade Fire, Jason Aldean, J. Cole, Jack Wright, Chris Martin, Daft Punk, Deadmau5, Nikki Minaj, Coldplay and Calvin Harris, who formally sign a declaration of partnership. Tidal is the first service to offer ad-free music, video and editorial content owned by the stars who actually create it. The high quality sound service is available across iOS and Android devices, as well as in Web browsers and desktop players, in the U.S. and 30 other countries. Tidal Premium is $9.99, and Tidal Hifi is $19.99. Alicia Keys:
We come to you with one voice in unity. The first ever artist owned global music and entertainment platform!
Beyoncé, Sheeran & Clark perform Fingertips, Master Blaster, and Higher Ground during the Grammy tribute concert to Stevie Wonder.
Beyonce performs Take My Hand Precious Lord during the Grammy Awards show.
Beyoncé tops Forbes list of top-earning women in music after earning 115 million in 2014. Forbes:
Beyonce played 95 shows during our scoring period, bringing in an average $2.4 million per city. She added endorsement deals from the likes of H&M and Pepsi — plus her self-titled surprise album, which hit iTunes in December 2013 and quickly became one of the year’s top sellers — to send her income into nine-figure territory.
Beyoncé and Topshop team up to launch an athletic streetwear brand. The streetwear label is expected to be available in Topshop stores and online in 2015. Beyoncé:
I have always loved Topshop for their fashion credentials and forward thinking.
Topshop owner Sir Philip Green:
This not a collaboration. This is about building a brand and building a business — a separate, proper business, with separate overhead and a separate office. We started talking generally, about doing something together. We’ve been looking at that [athletic] sector for a while. It’s something we need to be in. Based on what she does, how she works out, the conversation got into that category.
All About That Bass was offered to other artists, including Beyonce, before Trainor eventually recorded it, although Trainor admits that Beyoncé most likely never actually heard the song personally:
Some artists get thousands of songs pitched and they never know, so Beyoncé herself probably never heard it.
Minaj joins Beyonce during a Paris concert to promote their new remix of the single Flawless.
Beyonce receives the most nominations this year for the MTV Music Awards. She is nominated in the following categories:
- Video Of The year: Drunk in Love w/ Jay Z.
- Best Female: Partition
- Best Choreography: Partition
- Best Collaboration: Drunk in Love
- Best Video With A Social Message: Pretty Hurts
- Best Cinematogrophy: Pretty Hurts
- Best Editing: Pretty Hurts
- Best Direction: Pretty Hurts
The awards ceremony will be broadcast live from the Forum in Inglewood, California on Sunday, August 24th at 9 p.m. EST.
Beyonce’ donates $7 million to a Houston, TX low-income housing project. The 43-unit apartment complex, which has been named Knowles-Temenos Place offers housing to low-income and homeless individuals. Pastor Rudy Rasmus:
She’s an incredible human being. Has an incredible heart and has been extremely helpful in our mission and our ministry here.
Beyonce’ donates a total of $500,000 to Chime Projects, a program for girls and women in the areas of education, health and justice. Chimes co-founder, Frida Giannini:
At the Gucci Chime for Change event in NYC, Beyoncé just announced a personal donation of $500,000 to the charity.
Jay-Z and Beyonce are Grammy nominees for Best Rap/Sun Collaboration for Part II (On The Run).
Beyoncé performs End of Time on Good Morning America from her album 4.
Beyoncé performs Crazy In Love on American Idol from her album Dangerously in Love.
Beyonce wins Grammys for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for Halo, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It), Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for At Last, and Best Contemporary R&B Album for I am…Sasha Fierce.
This has been such an amazing night for me. I’d like to thank all the fans for the support over the years.
Beyonce, Stewart, Harrell, and The Dream wins Grammy for Song Of The Year and Best R&B Song for Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It).
We’ve worked really hard at what we do.
Beyoncé performs Sweet Dreams at the EMA Awards from her album I AM…SASHA FIERCE
Gaga releases her single Telephone feat. Beyonce, from her album The Fame Monster.
It doesn’t really matter if it makes sense or if it doesn’t make sense. By the end of the video, it became so much more as we explored each scene it became about transsexual women and it became about making fun of American hallmarks like soda cans and cigarettes and mayonnaise and bread.
Beyonce wins the Grammy for Best Contemporary R&B Album for B’Day.
Beyoncé performs Listen on The Oprah Winfrey Show from The Dreamgirls soundtrack.
Beyonce and Jay-Z win Grammy for Best R&B Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for Crazy In Love
Vandross and Beyonce wins the Grammy for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for The Closer I Get To You.
Beyonce wins the Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best Contemporary R&B Album for Dangerously In Love 2.
This is my first record as a solo artist and I want to thank everyone involved.