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The 10 Best Beyoncé Moments of 2017

She didn’t even put out an album this year and she still dominated the news.

Beyoncé’s Lemonade came out in 2016 and her Formation tour ended last fall, yet between The Twins, her incredible pregnancy fashion and her Grammys appearance, she still managed to finish 2017 on top. Here, a list of her greatest moments in this otherwise terrible year.

1 The pregnancy announcement to end all pregnancy announcements. The beginning of 2017, like most of the rest of the year, was bad. Things haven’t gotten better, but the weeks after the inauguration were particularly dark — this was what we had to deal with for the next four years? Leave it to Beyoncé to brighten things up with her pregnancy announcement, delivered via Instagram on 1 February. She and Jay-Z were expecting not one but two babies so, of course, Beyoncé had to announce the news with an overly elaborate photoshoot. Did this solve anything? No. Was it a joyous moment of distraction in an otherwise awful winter? Hell, yes. Fun and unsurprising fact: with 11.1-million likes, this photo was the most-liked Instagram of 2017, but also the most-liked photo of all time.

2 The Grammys. Everything about Bey’s Grammys appearance was flawless. There was her performance of Love Drought and Sandcastles, which included a dress that had her own face on it. Then there was her acceptance speech for Best Urban Contemporary Album, wherein she said hi to Blue, strolled up to the mic with a pre-made gold card in hand because she knew she would win, and gave a beautiful speech that she clearly wanted to give for Album of the Year. Then when Adele won that one, she admitted that Beyoncé deserved it and praised Lemonade while Beyoncé stood by in a gorgeous red sequinned dress, tearing up.

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3 The NBA All-Star Game. Beyoncé’s courtside fashion choices are always a wonder to behold, but she took things to a new level with this $22,000 (R270 000) Gucci kimono that’s big enough to double as a duvet on a bed far too luxurious for mere humans to use. She also carried a matching Gucci fan, presumably so she could be her own AC when she got too hot wearing an actual quilt.

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4 Her exhaustively catalogued pregnancy style. The peak for me was when she wore the T-shirt that just said ‘PREGGERS’, but from February to July her Instagram was a whirlwind of one incredible outfit after another.

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5 The push party. Probably the only time in history that people didn’t complain about having to attend a baby shower.

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6 The introduction of Rumi and Sir. Say hello to your future co-presidents.

Sir Carter and Rumi 1 month today. 🙏🏽❤️👨🏽👩🏽👧🏽👶🏾👶🏾

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7 The Mi Gente remix. Beyoncé only put out a handful of songs this year, all of which were collaborations with other artists, but the best was the Mi Gente remix with J Balvin and Willy William.

8 That weird Instagram post that was just her mouth and her sunglasses. This was Beyoncé in Dada mode, and the people were here for it.

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9 This green dress. This look, worn to the Tidal benefit concert in October, is the definition of opulence. She looks like an emerald wrapped in the fur of a magical purple beast that appears once every 14 years and can only be hunted on the night of the blood moon, or maybe the queen of a disco kingdom where everyone listens to Chic all day and eats nothing but glitter.

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10 Halloween. Beyoncé never does anything halfway, so instead of choosing one Halloween costume and sticking with it, Beyoncé chose one icon and then crafted multiple versions of her look. She wore no fewer than five different Lil’ Kim outfits, and didn’t even share the photos till three days after Halloween. She enlisted Jay-Z to be her Notorious B.I.G. but only let him wear one outfit because, of course, he was not allowed to upstage her.

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This post was originally published on Cosmopolitan.com

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