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Beyoncé: Losing Control

By: Vicki S.


Is Beyoncé overrated in the world of music? Sean Hutchins, lead author and a postdoctoral researcher at the International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research at the University of Montreal shares his view on singing. "Singing is a complex act.” He goes on to explain how singing is complicated because a match is needed between a note with a voice and perceive it accurately, then shapes out the right way to configure and control the vocal muscles well enough to belt out a tune. The best singers in the world know to sing properly, good posture is a must have.


Along with good posture, breathe from the diaphragm, strong enunciation, proper chin placement, staying hydrated by drinking water, and many other industry tips and tricks. A tactic most singers overlook is the educational components attached to singing. A bachelor of music theory and music performance will help some that might need extra structure and guidance. But, some are born with a gift. The universal saying, “anyone can sing” is true, and yet these five female singers (Jessie J, Tori Kelly, Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato, and JoJo) who destroy Beyoncé’s vocals are being completely overlooked for their contribution to the entertainment community.


As of 2018, the Grammy’s reported Beyoncé was nominated for an astounding 63 Grammys over the course of her 21-year career while securing only 22 official wins. Lady Gaga secured six wins and nine nominations. Tori Kelly, Demi Lovato, and Jessie J, on the other hand, received one Grammy nomination throughout their entire musical career. Who decides if someone is a great musician? The listeners. If no one purchases the artist's music, the artist will drift away and archived onto the list of all the other “musical has-beens.” But, when a musician offers so much to the industry and yet remains overlooked, that’s not right. Let’s look at the creative resumes as evidence.


Jessie J -

Songs we know: Burnin’ Up, Price Tag, Queen, Bang Bang…

Songs she wrote: Miley Cyrus - Party In The USA, David Guetta - Repeat, Chris Brown - I Need This, Koda Kumi - VIP, DJ Cassidy - Calling All Hearts ft. Robin Thicke


Career Accomplishments: She began her career writing songs for Miley Cyrus, She’s written songs for several artists, including Chris Brown. Her debut single "Do It Like a Dude" hit #2 on the U.K. Singles Charts, and she became a coach and mentor on The Voice.


Tori Kelly -

Songs we know: I Was Made For Loving You, Dear No One, Should've Been Us, Nobody Love, Never Alone...

Songs she wrote: Blink of an Eye, Should've Been Us, Dear No One, Nobody Love...


Career Accomplishments: Her 2015 debut album, Unbreakable Smile, peaked at number two in the US. In 2004, Tori won the NBC talent competition America's Most Talented Kid.



Lady Gaga -

Songs we know: Beautiful / Dirty / Rich, Til It Happens To You, Do What U Want, Million Reasons...

Songs she wrote: Adam Lambert - Fever, Eve - Guess Who’s Single, Jennifer Lopez - Invading My Mind, New Kids On The Block - Full Service, Mario - Weather Girl...


Career Accomplishments: Described as the “Queen of Pop” by Rolling Stone magazine, over 28 million global album sales and 140 million single sales, won a 2015 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal...


Demi Lovato -

Songs we know: Behind Enemy Lines, Catch Me, Lightweight, Skyscraper, Sorry Not Sorry...

Songs she wrote: Ruin The Friendship, Daddy Issues, Cool For The Summer...


Career Accomplishments: Her album “Don't Forget” was certified Gold by the RIAA, winning MTV Video Music Awards, ALMA Awards, People's Choice Awards, Latin American Music Awards...




JoJo -

Songs we know: F.A.B., Say Love, Leave (Get Out), High Heels, Too Little Too Late...

Songs she wrote: F.A.B., Fuck Apologies, High Heels...


Career Accomplishments: At age 13 JoJo was the youngest solo artist to have a #1 single in the U.S., JoJo competed on America's Most Talented Kids, and performed on Oprah and Maury. She starred in the 2006 comedy RV with Robin Williams.



Is a major component to Beyoncé’s success her longevity within the music industry? Two decades of experience clothes her as a legend some would say. Starting her musical career early, Beyoncé landed a record deal in 1997 at 16 years of age with Columbia Records. But, when newcomers like Taylor Swift emerge and possess 10 Grammy’s and 31 nominations, it starts to seem like Beyoncé’s longevity in the game trivial. What exactly about Beyoncé is legendary? How is she a legend?


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