Beyonce' got raves for her a cappella rendition of the National Anthem yesterday at a Superbowl press conference. After performing, the singer looked as though she was riding high on the applause and praise from some of the same press who vilified her for lip syncing at President Obama's inauguration last week. Regardless of her reasons for performing live in front of the press, the message is saying something all too familiar and sickening.
Wether you hate the sound of her voice, or don't think there is anything unique about it, there is no denying that Beyonce' can sing. So why did she feel she had to prove herself to the world by singing a cappella at a press conference?
The message is clear--"I have to prove myself." As the singer took the stage in what looked like a dress straight from the wardrobe of a Kardashian, she looked nervous until the press began to applaud. It is at this moment you can see her gaining confidence. At the end of her performance, the pop singer said, "Thank you all so much," as though she was so grateful the press liked her performance. Why does this seem so important to a person who is really talented?
Beyonce' is not, in any way, a deceitful entertainer who is calculating, and manipulating millions of people into believing she is talented. She is talented. But when one is insecure about their talent, this is what one does. She is a gifted, hardworking, beautiful, successful, and accomplished woman. In fact, her attributes may be what this entire brouhaha is about--"How dare this woman have everything." But, she missed the opportunity to reject her critics. Perhaps she should have allowed her silence to have been her armor (her husband sure has not been). Ms. Knowles probably should have axed the entire plan of singing live and only answered questions. Instead, the conference seemed as though she appeased all of her critics by trying to gain their approval.
There are many among the famous who have bent over backwards to prove themselves or improve their favorability. There is no right or wrong in caring about what others think, but, in some cases, the message sure does wreak weakness and dependency.