Beyoncé has been a queen since the day her career began in 2000. But with this morning's announcement of the first round of this year's Grammy nominees, her title took on even more weight.
Beyoncé is now officially the most Grammy-nominated female artist in history.
This news puts a brilliant capstone on Beyoncé's incredible year. Her bold performance at this year's VMAs made feminism a "marquee issue on national television" as Mic writer Natalie Morin wrote. That ending shot of her standing in defiant silhouette in front of the illuminated "FEMINIST" sign was one of the most powerful images of 2014. And now she's becoming one of its most powerful symbols, too — a testament to the historic strides she's made as a female singer.
Her self-titled album released last December continues to make waves. It set a new standard for album releases, prompting numerous artists (ranging from U2 to Thom Yorke, and most recently J.Cole) to release their albums by surprise. The album remained a talking point in music industry journalism throughout the year, a testament to how groundbreaking it was. The album was recently re-released with four remixes and two new songs, including "7/11" which got an "unorthodox," but awesome video treatment.
Beyoncé makes making history look easy. She's currently tied for seventh-most-nominated artist of all time. She's got a long way to go. Her husband sits above her at No. 3, and Quincy Jones tops the list with 79 nominations. Yet, while both of their musical careers are slowly coasting to their ends, Beyoncé is at the absolute height of her creative powers. And she's nowhere close to being done.