Beyonce has been named one of Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women in Business for 2016.
General Motors CEO Mary Barra tops the list for the second consecutive year, with Pepsi Co. boss Indra Nooyi earning second place on the annual countdown, which also features Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg at six.
The poll typically does not feature entertainers, but Fortune editors made an exception this year for Beyonce, choosing the ground-breaking superstar as their “bonus pick” to close out the 51-strong list, which takes into consideration things like the size and importance of the subject’s business in the global economy, the arc of her career, and her social and cultural influence.
Fortune experts explained, “This has been the year of Beyonce. Not only did she make music history by becoming the first female artist to have 12 songs on the Billboard top 100, but she also made waves in the business world too.”
Beyonce, Jay Z, and Usher will join U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday (05Aug16) to help him celebrate his last birthday at the White House.
The Commander-in-Chief turned 55 on Thursday (04Aug16), and sources tell the New York Post’s Page Six column that First Lady Michelle Obama has organised a star-studded party on Friday night to mark the special occasion.
Other guests invited to the big bash include Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, comedienne Ellen DeGeneres, and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, while Vice President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential nominee Hillary Clinton are also expected to attend. Rapper Kendrick Lamar and Usher will provide the entertainment for the night, according to the publication.
“All the preparations and the guest list are being kept top-secret,” the insider tells Page Six. “The plan is to throw a party for the president to really let his hair down. There will be performances and a dance party that will go late into the night. Social media will be banned.”
Lady Gaga has come to the rescue with reports that the pop star is replacing Beyoncé in the remake of A Star Is Born. The Born This Way hitmaker is said to have impressed lead star Bradley Cooper in auditions and is now set to star alongside the actor in the modern retelling of the Judy Garland classic.
Beyonce has honoured the victims of the failed military coup in Turkey by dedicating a song to them while performing in the Netherlands.
The Drunk in Love singer is currently in the midst of her Formation World Tour, and after hearing of the unrest in Turkey in the early hours of Saturday (16Jul16), she decided to pay tribute to the lives lost at her show in Amsterdam that night. “This song is about love,” she told fans as she introduced her hit Halo. “I want to dedicate it to all the lives lost in Turkey. Y’all help me sing tonight. “At least 265 people died in the coup, while over 1,400 others were injured in cities like Ankara and Istanbul as military forces and rebels tried to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government. Beyonce, who has become a leading light in the Black Lives Matter movement, has become increasingly political of late.
Beyonce is known for her breathtaking live performances but even she couldn’t have staged her Prince tribute more perfectly at Wembley Stadium this evening (3 July). As the opening refrains of the Prince hit Purple Rain echoed through the stadium, the heavens opened on the crowd.