In the 2000s, no pop star was as poised, polished, or generally fierce as Beyoncé Giselle Knowles. She scored early success with Destiny's Child which gradually became more and more a vehicle for Beyoncé's operatic vocals and general diva-tude. Beyoncé was omnipresent in the 2000s. And though her female-empowerment anthems didn't seem to offer much for women who lacked her superpowers to relate to, almost everybody loved shiny, hip-hop-fueled hits like "Crazy in Love, " and "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" anyway.

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