Beyoncé showed her political side at the 2014 VMAs and earned a place on our top ten list, Getty Images.

Beyoncé showed her political side at the 2014 VMAs and earned a place on our top ten list, Getty Images.

BEST BEYONCÉ MOMENTS

She’s the Queen Bee: everyone’s favourite pop star and a style icon of our time. As she celebrates her 34th birthday this week, we run down ten of the greatest Beyoncé moments of all time.

Queen Bee getting ready to become Foxxy Cleopatra, Getty Images.

10. AUSTIN POWERS
Making a foray into the film world, Beyoncé starred as Foxxy Cleopatra in the third Austin Powers film, Goldmember, in 2002 – a stylish FBI agent going undercover as a star of the 1970's disco scene.

Beyoncé taking over Glastonbury, Getty Images.

9. BEYONCÉ AT GLASTONBURY
Playing all the hits from her solo career as well as Destiny’s Child classics and even some covers, Beyoncé wowed the crowd during her headline slot at 2011’s Glastonbury, like a shiny diamond in all the festival mud.

The sisters at Coachella, Getty Images.

8. WITH SOLANGE AT COACHELLA 2014
Festival-goers at Coachella in 2014 were in for a surprise during Solange’s set – two Knowles sisters for the price of one! Beyoncé joined her sister on stage, dancing to Solange’s hit Losing You in front of a gleeful audience.

Spreading the message at the VMAs, Getty Images.

7. FEMINIST AT THE 2014 VMAS
Beyoncé turned political at the 2014 VMAs, with a groundbreaking performance. Advocating for equality on stage in front of the word FEMINIST spelled out in giant lights, the singer made her message clear.

Sasha Fierce on stage, Getty Images.

6. SINGLE LADIES (PUT A RING ON IT)
The video that launched a thousand memes – Beyoncé’s alter ego Sasha Fierce celebrated her singularity in Single Ladies, with a song and dance that went down instantly in pop culture history.

In Givenchy at the Met Gala, Getty Images.

5. AT THE 2015 MET GALA
For the 2015 Met Gala, Beyoncé chose a jaw-dropping – and somewhat naked-looking – Givenchy dress that pooled at her feet, embellished with plenty of jewels. She topped off the look with an amazingly swingy ponytail.

With husband Jay-Z, Getty Images.

4. BEYONCÉ AND JAY-Z
It’s hard to remember a time before this iconic power couple, regularly pictured courtside at basketball games. Beyoncé and Jay-Z apparently started dating in 2002, before a secret wedding in 2008 and the birth of their daughter Blue Ivy in 2012.

The surprise release of her fifth album, Getty Images

3. RELEASING HER FIFTH ALBUM
Beyoncé dropped her surprise self-titled album in December 2013, an honest, innovative collection of 14 songs and 17 accompanying videos. The reaction was almost universally positive and Beyoncé sealed her status as the reigning queen of pop.

The beginning, Getty Images.

2. DESTINY’S CHILD
Nowadays she’s undoubtedly the star of the show, but Bey cut her teeth in Destiny’s Child, as a key member of a shifting line-up that churned out such classic R’n’B hits as Say My Name and Independent Women.

Bey telling the world about her pregnancy, Getty Images.

1. PREGNANCY ANNOUNCEMENT VMA 2011
Always one to embrace the limelight, Bey took to the stage at the 2011 VMAs to announce her pregnancy by rubbing her belly after her performance to the delight of husband Jay-Z and best pal Kanye.

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