Let’s travel back to 1999, one of the first times The Post penned anything about the artist, when Beyoncé was a member of one the world’s best-selling girl groups, Destiny’s Child. Craig Seymour, in a review of the group’s sophomore album “The Writing on the Wall,” says of the frontwoman on the hit song, “Bills, Bills, Bills,” “Beyoncé Knowles sings this and several other songs at a thrilling daredevil speed that is a gloved fit for the album’s many up-tempo Southern-bounce grooves.”
In 2003, Allison Stewart, in a review of the entertainer’s debut solo effort, says “Dangerously in Love” is “a testament to Beyoncé’s considerable charms.” Stewart goes on to add, “She’s rightfully regarded as her generation’s Diana Ross, only nicer and with better hair.”
Who knows what 33 will hold for the tour de force? Beyoncé has certainly had a stellar year. She surprise-dropped her self-titled album in the wee hours of the morning — astounding the music industry and fans — added to the tradition of husband-wife concert tours with “On the Run” and accepted the Video Vanguard Award from hubby Jay-Z at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards moments after their 2-year-old daughter Blue Ivy nearly stole the show as she bobbed along to “Flawless.”
What could possibly top Beyoncé’s cake? Maybe an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony)?
“I eventually want to do Broadway. I want to win a Tony. I want to eventually win an Oscar, but I know I have a long way to go. I want to do a musical. I respect Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland, and all the people who were triple threats,” a 22-year-old Beyoncé told The Washington Post’s Alona Wartofsky in a profile of the singer.
Let’s toast to that.