September 4 marks the day that Beyoncé was born — 36 years ago.
The pop superstar is likely somewhere opening gifts from her rapper husband, JAY-Z, and her singer sister, Solange. As she should! Beyoncé has been giving all of us regular gifts of her own from the very first day she busted onto the music scene in 1997 with her girl group, Destiny’s Child.
From words and phrases that seemingly describe everything we’re going through, to weight loss regimens that actually work, Queen Bey has blessed us.
On her 36th birthday, we’ve listed the nine (3 + 6 = 9!) best pop culture gifts Beyoncé has given the world, in no particular order:
1. “Boy Bye”
Admit it. You’ve likely uttered the coupled words, “boy bye,” ever since Beyoncé defiantly said them in her recent single, “Sorry.” The song is from her latest surprise visual album, “Lemonade,” which made headlines around the world for the deeply personal topics it explores. It also helps that in the music video for “Sorry,” Bey was seen with her friend, tennis superstar Serena Williams, dancing to the song, which is centered on a woman moving on after being cheated on.
2. Speaking of Surprise
Bey is the queen of the unexpected. She made “surprise albums” a regular part of the music industry zeitgeist ever since she released her first visual album, “Beyoncé,” on Dec. 13, 2013 without advanced notice. This was during a time when singers would embark on a worldwide press tour before letting fans hear new music. Since then, Beyoncé has continuously surprised fans with her music offerings, including “Lemonade.” The move even influenced her husband, JAY-Z, who surprised his fans with his latest album, “4:44,” on June 30.