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Who Will Join Beyonce For Her VMA Performance?
Everyone better have their freakum dress at the ready.
The Internet turned in on itself earlier today, when it was announced Beyonce would be receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award and performing at the Video Music Awards. In the wake of some unfortunate tabloid rumors, Beyonce -- no stranger to iconic VMA showstoppers -- may be feeling some extra pressure to really deliver come Aug. 24 and get the focus back where she wants it.
Will she give us a "Single Ladies" remix? Slow things down and make everyone uncomfortable crying her way through "Resentment" before reminding everyone she's a "Survivor"? Will it be All Bey, All The Time, or will she be joined onstage by some superstar guests?
So many questions, and yet, very few facts to go on. In the absence of real information, let's head right to some fun speculation. Below, the pros and cons of Jay Z, Destiny's Child and more joining her for her big moment.
Pro: Whenever these two get together, it's one for the record books (see: Grammys 2014; the duo's current On The Run tour). From fans' perspective, Jay Z dropping by to tell her her "breasteses is my breakfast" as part of a Beyonce hits medley would be sure to help quiet the tabloid speculation that there is trouble in paradise. Plus, one can never have too much "Crazy in Love."
Con: If there is trouble, Bey won't want to be spending any extra time with him -- or sharing any of her well-deserved solo spotlight. This could be the introduction to Beyonce's Career: 3.0.
Pro: Do you remember how much fans freaked out when the other members of 'N Sync joined Justin Timberlake at the VMAs when he won the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award last year? While a Destiny's Child reunion isn't quite as long in the making, fans would love to see the threesome together again, and it would send Queen Bey goodwill (much like Timberlake got) to show she remembers where she came from -- before she bacame a one-name solo superstar.
Con: If Beyonce does indeed land on a hits medley for her performance, she'll need to take care that it's not just her incredible Super Bowl performance, Take 2 (although of course there are a fair amount of fans that wouldn't mind that!). She already gave fans a nice DC moment during a big performance; people won't crucify her if Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland aren't involved this time around.
Pro: The two have a VMA history together, and the cross-genre chart toppers performing together would be sure to give MTV (and Twitter!) one hell of a buzzy moment. Remember how fun it was when Lady Gaga and Beyonce appeared in each other's music videos? Imagine that energy, plus some country charm.
Con: Yeah...sorry, Swift fans, but this isn't happening.
Pro: As the co-star on Beyonce's recent "Flawless" remix, the VMA performance would give the tune a not-at-all-needed bump and give Beyonce additional buzz for the first live performance of a song people can't stop listening (or talking) about. Bonus: Can you even imagine the audience reaction shots for "Of course sometimes sh** go down when it's a billion dollars on an elevator?!?!!"
Con: Minaj is certainly having a moment: Between "*Flawless," "Bang Bang," and "Anaconda," she's ruling late summer -- so much so that it might make Beyonce not the star of her own moment. Nobody wants that.
Pro: Just imagine it: Beyonce previously crushed it at the VMAs with performances that highlighted both intense choreography and powerful vocals. Combining them -- performing, say, three personal faves from the course of her career -- would be an undisputed triumph, no special guest stars needed. We bey all night.
Con: No possible cons detected. Any questions?