Ever wondered how Beyonce always comes out with strong and emotional performances (especially with her later work as a solo artist)? We learned that she actually applied the techniques taught to her by renowned Hollywood acting coach Ivanna Chubbuck.
Chubbuck coached Beyonce for her movie Dream Girls, for which the latter received critical acclaim for her performance. But even if Beyonce is not pursuing acting full time, she applied the Chubbuck technique through her songs, transitioning from pop princess status to iconic singer levels. “[Beyonce] called me up, and she said that she used the Chubbuck technique in her lyrics and in the performance of her songs on women empowerment,” Chubbuck shared to the media during her presscon for her Acting Masterclass Workshop for Star Magic Artists.
“It’s the power the actor has to change the world, if you choose to do it that way,” Chubbuck adds, elaborating on how Beyonce applied the Chubbuck technique to send a strong message through her songs and performances.
We rounded up Beyonce’s great live performances that showcased her application of the famed Chubbuck technique:
1. Her performance at the inauguration ball of US Pres. Barack Obama in 2009. Making this performance of hers notable, aside from it being her first stint for the first African-American president, is that it was the first performance Chubbuck coached Beyonce in honing her live performances.
2. Her “Single Ladies” performance at the 2009 VMAs. Aside from that controversial Kanye West-Taylor Swift encounter (that started the rift between them that exists up to now), another memorable moment at the awards show was when Beyonce performed this hit single of hers which also won Video of the Year.
3. That Destiny’s Child reunion performance for the 2013 Super Bowl halftime. Seven years after Destiny’s Child has disbanded, Beyonce reunited onstage with Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams to sing a few of their hits to the Super Bowl crowd.
4. Her 2014 Grammys performance with Jay-Z. Amidst cheating and divorce issues between her and husband Jay-Z, their “Drunk in Love” duet performance proved just how much love they have for one another, imperfections and all.
5. Her 2016 Super Bowl halftime performance with Bruno Mars. Sharing the spotlight with Bruno Mars, Beyonce’s performance here epitomized the meaning of girl power with her all-girl drum line and her performance of “Formation.”
6. Her 2016 VMA performance. Earning 11 nominations and winning eight awards (including Video of the Year), Beyonce treated everyone present with a medley of songs from her critically-acclaimed album Lemonade.
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