Beyonce Talks Justin Timberlake Collaboration, ‘Powerful’ Influence and ‘Crazy’ Personal Archive
The 31-year-old entertainer, and, in case you forgot, Blue Ivy’s mom, opens up about her unyielding work ethic, her connection to the Super Bowl and her influence on the masses.
“I now know that, yes, I am powerful,” the blonde bombshell tells GQ. “I’m more powerful than my mind can even digest and understand.” Granted she is. When Bey switches up her hairstyle, legions of fans run to salons to mimic the singer’s luscious locks. When she told millions of listeners to “put a ring on it” in her famed song ‘Single Ladies,’ the phrase became a cultural phenomenon. After all, how many times did you utter those five words?
Next month, she’ll perform at Super Bowl XLVII, putting on what can only be a grand affair during the halftime show. She’s a singer, yes, but in her eyes, that’s not far off from the same football players who will take the field on Feb. 3.
“One of the reasons I connect to the Super Bowl is that I approach my shows like an athlete,” Beyonce explains. “You know how they sit down and watch whoever they’re going to play and study themselves? That’s how I treat this. I watch my performances, and I wish I could just enjoy them, but I see the light that was late.
“I see, ‘Oh God, that hair did not work.’ Or ‘I should never do that again.’ I try to perfect myself. I want to grow, and I’m always eager for new information.”
One interesting aspect of the GQ interview is the official Beyonce archive. Writer Amy Wallace had a chance to walk into the temperature-controlled digital-storage facility that sits inside the chanteuse’s midtown Manhattan office. The space contains virtually every interview she’s given; every photograph of her; every video of the shows she’s performed; every diary entry recorded on her laptop.
Her previously recorded songs may live elsewhere — there’s no mention of her chart-topping hits in the archive. However, she does give some details on tracks that will appear on her fifth opus, set for release this year. Beyonce’s recorded roughly 50 songs for the effort and has logged studio time with some familiar friends who were around during her come-up.
“I’ve been working with Pharrell and Timbaland and Justin Timberlake and Dream,” she reveals. “We all started in the ’90s, when R&B was the most important genre, and we all kind of want that back: the feeling that music gave us.”
The February issue of GQ featuring Beyonce hits newsstands nationwide Jan. 22.
Watch Beyonce’s ‘Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)’ Video