All hail Queen Yoncé.
Galactic diva and mega-star Beyoncé Carter-Knowles has done what no one in the music industry has ever before dared, and she did it with style. As 2013 came to a close and music magazines everywhere began to circulate their charts and end-of-year lists, Beyoncé released out of nowhere a brand new album that stunned the world. Not a whisper or a rumor of the album was leaked beforehand, and formerly skeptical industry executives watched in delight as staggering sales numbers began to roll in. In a single day, she sold 430,000 copies of her self-titled album. In a little over a week, that figure stood at over a million. Not only did she release a new 14-track album with no marketing or advertising help, but she also simultaneously released 17 incredibly artistic, flashy, and salacious music videos. The output is staggering, but the real miracle is how unprepared the music industry was for such a bold move.
Not only does Beyoncé continue to redefine our notion of success on a daily basis, but she has also inked a USD 50 million Pepsi deal, sung at the Presidential Inauguration, performed at the Super Bowl, and launched a worldwide tour that grossed over USD 100 million dollars – all in 2013 and all the while raising her baby, Blue Ivy.
Click through our gallery above to discover the red carpet looks that allowed Beyoncé to match her wardrobe to the stellar year she’s had.
Beyoncé puts sophistication at the forefront of her look in a boldly sectioned black-and-white pantsuit with a slit left sleeve by Osman Yousefzada.
A classic black gown hugs Beyoncé’s amazing curves, turning her into a modern-day Jessica Rabbit.
A sunburst of crystals shoot out from the hip of Beyoncé’s clinging ivory gown by Elie Saab, adding a touch of glamor to her chic Golden Globe look.
Elie Saab’s champagne-colored gown features strategically placed crystal beading across a see-through bodice to cover Beyoncé in all the right places.
Looking as gilded and glossy as a Golden Globe statue, Beyoncé poses on the red carpet in a shimmering Elie Saab gown.
Beyoncé braves the hard elements of black crystal embroidery, but softens the blow with a pool of colorful feathers at the hem, highlighting the contrast of her extraordinary Givenchy look.
If you watched the Met Gala red carpet, you’ll never forget the eerie hush that swept the crowd when Beyoncé emerged in this skintight Alexander McQueen gown.
An elegant body-conscious dress by René Caovilla enhances Beyoncé’s unbelievable curves, without distracting from her regal stature.
Beyoncé literally lets her hair down and embraces a fun, colorful frock by Balmain at the BET Awards.
Beyoncé’s statuesque look is given a literal spin in this gilded, velvet dress by House of Dereon Couture.
Beyoncé is all fresh, bouncy curls, and glittering couture in a sequined gown by Giorgio Armani for the Armani Privé show.
Black and gold have been a common style theme with Beyoncé throughout the year, signifying both her heritage and her penchant for excelling far beyond her peers.
Beyoncé channels the glamorous divas of the 1970s like Donna Summers and Diana Ross in a bright-orange gown by Lanvin.
Though Beyoncé tends to gravitate toward couture and custom-made looks, she stuns everyone in a glittering gold frock by none other than J. Crew.
Beyoncé proves the power of the baroque trend in a foiled gold and ivory dress by Giorgio Armani.
Even in a simple, blush-pink, silk gown by Armani Privé, Beyoncé manages to steal the spotlight.
Beyoncé braves a mint-green, frilly gown by Armani Privé and makes it look like the freshest look in town.
Big shoulders and a belted waist offer Beyoncé a powerful silhouette for her VIP appearance at the premiere of ‘Cadillac Records’, in which she had a starring role.
For the 31st Annual Kennedy Center Honors event, Beyoncé favors a feminine lace-and-satin gown by Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad.
Beyoncé’s love affair with Elie Saab continues, this time in a cream-colored gown.
In a simple little black dress, Beyoncé still makes a big splash at the Billboard Music Awards.