Fall “Crazy in Love” with Beyoncé’s new Netflix special

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By Ryan Reichard, Arts and Entertainment editor.

Arguably one of the world’s biggest superstars, Beyoncé Knowles has risen to a status not many celebrities and singers have been able to reach. Since debuting in the ‘90s, Beyoncé has set the tone for performers to come after her. Despite being a global superstar, Beyoncé has been able to keep her private life private, for the most part. On her new Netflix special “Homecoming,” we get a glimpse of daily life for the singer as she prepared for her historic Coachella performance last April. Here is a list of the most surprising, interesting and entertaining aspects of Beyoncé that are shown in “Homecoming.”

1. Beyoncé owns her motherly nature
Though she is a global powerhouse, “Homecoming” shows a different side to the singer that the public is not often privy to. Some of the behind-the-scenes footage features Beyoncé with her children Sir, Rumi and Blue Ivy. The superstar can be seen embracing her children after a long day of rehearsals and can be heard saying that she wants to go home to her children. The public does not often get to see this side of the extremely private celebrity. The moments she shares with her children are beautiful showing that the motherly nature is one of the bare essences of humanity.

2. Beyoncé hand crafted her performance
It’s not surprising that a global superstar such as Beyoncé wants every show to go off as planned. Beyoncé takes this to another level, having a hand in every element of the show. In the special, the singer admits to handpicking everything from the costumes to the stage design to the height of the pyramid stage, to the lights used and various other elements of the performance. While this is a shock to some, Beyoncé had a hand in nearly every detail. Every button and every pin were hand chosen by the singer to fully craft a performance represented of who the superstar is.

3. Beyoncé and Jay-Z put their “Love on Top”
It has been a couple of turbulent years for the celebrity couple, from the now notorious elevator fight between Beyoncé’s sister Solange and Jay-Z to Beyoncé released her landmark album “Lemonade” in which she seemly called out Jay-Z for his infidelity, to Jay-Z releasing his side of the story on his acclaimed album “4:44.” All of that seems to be in the past now as Jay-Z can be seen comforting Beyoncé as she experiences muscle cramps and the couple can be seen spending time together as a family with their children. At one particular moment, the couple can even be seen Facetiming, demonstrating that both are still “Bonnie & Clyde.”

4. Blue Ivy Carter shows off her vocal skills
The eldest child of Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Blue Ivy is no stranger to the recording booth. She holds the record for the youngest person to appear on the Billboard charts due in part to her being featured on her mom’s 2013 song “Blue.” Now several years later, she is showing off her vocal skills again, this time on Beyoncé’s “Homecoming.” In the special, Blue Ivy can be heard singing a song and being encouraged by her mother. If Blue Ivy wants to pursue a career in music, then she has a good coach with her supportive mom by her side.

5. Stop and “Listen” to Beyoncé’s Coachella set all over again
There’s no denying that the music is at the very center of this project. Beyoncé performed many of her classic hits, including “Crazy in Love,” “Single Ladies” and “Love on Top.” She also included newer releases such as “Drunk in Love,” “Formation” and “Sorry.” One of the biggest highlights came when the singer performed her song “Freedom” from her 2016 album “Lemonade.” Despite the song being three years old now, it still becomes a goosebump inducing listen. While the footage is from last year’s Coachella performance, it is still “Irreplaceable.”

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