Beyoncé Knowles is not only one of the best-selling music superstars of her generation, but also one of the most respected. She started her career at an early age, and she turned to her parents for support and guidance. Then, in her teens, she dominated the industry as a member of Destiny’s Child. Ultimately, Knowles launched a very successful solo career, releasing one hit after another.
While Knowles has received a lot of criticism over the years, she has also received some negative reviews. In 2014, following the release of her “Pretty Hurts” song and music video, some critics had a lot to say about the song’s message and lyrics.
Beyonce released her song “Pretty Hurts” in 2014
When Knowles was working on her fifth studio album in 2013, she was already a superstar in the music industry. Fans eagerly await the fruits of her art. The resulting self-titled album did not disappoint. Its third single, “Pretty Hurts,” hit radio in early 2014 and was an instant hit. According to ABC News, the song was written by Sia, Knowles and Ammo, and was originally written by Sia for Katy Perry. Eventually, the tune rang, and both Rihanna and Knowles were clamoring to record it.
Knowles won the bidding war. And “Pretty Hurts” was quickly linked to the singer’s fondness for the self-empowering anthem. The song contains information about society’s high beauty standards and references eating disorders and the importance of self-love and body acceptance. The song’s music video also includes some poignant comments about beauty standards, including a scene where Knowles enters a beauty pageant.
Some critics slam Beyoncé for ‘hypocrisy’ in ‘Pretty Hurts’ music video
Knowles worked hard to drive a wider conversation around the song “Pretty Hurts,” inviting fans to share photos of what “pretty” means to them by tagging them on social media. But not everyone agreed with Knowles’ message — or especially her message. In Paste Magazine’s review of the album, one critic slammed the song. The song, they wrote, “opens the album with didactic rhetoric, without subtle grace, and repeatedly concludes that ‘the soul needs surgery,’ hardly the poetic reward the listener deserves.”
Critics continue to slam the artist’s message as hypocritical. They wrote, “This opening statement, and other moments in which she preaches a similar message, can be viewed as hypocritical, especially given her recent tour, which sees herself struggling to maintain momentum through repeated stops, ostensibly for a dress change. And a fresh make-up and hair.”
Beyonce Continues to Release Powerful Songs Like ‘Break My Soul’
Even though some critics dismissed Knowles’ release of “Pretty Hurts,” many fans loved her warm words. In the years since, the singer has released several more powerful ballads with strong social justice messages. Her single “Break My Soul” will be released in June 2022. The song contains lyrics like “I just quit / I’m going to find a new drive / Damn they make me work so hard / Work at nine / And shut down” It’s past five / They make me nervous / This is my night The reason for not being able to sleep. “
The dynamic track has fans excited and ready to change their lives. Of course, if Knowles is good at one thing, it’s connecting with her fans through the power of music.
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