Video: Beyoncé – ‘If I Were a Boy’

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Here’s the long awaited video for “If I Were a Boy,” the first of two singles off Beyoncé’s third album I Am… The video was directed by Jake Nava, best-known for his work on Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love.” B delivers one of the year’s best videos with the black and white clip.

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54 Comments

  1. thebestartistever

    best video of this year

  2. Giselle

    Her best video, concept wise.

  3. CrunkHam

    AAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWW SHIT!!!! I like the part where they suddeny switched the situation!!!!!

  4. backtobasics

    this video made me like this song.

  5. Fanny!!

    Her best video up to date! Concept wise it is amazing and made me love the song EVEN more…Welcome back Bey

  6. drake

    This video is SO powerful!
    It just brought the emotion of the song to life.
    And I loved it when they switched parts suddenly.
    One of Bee’s great videos.

  7. Daryl...

    AmAzinG!!!

  8. Bella

    i love this one. not in the beginning cause i was confused but later on. and bee looks great without the uniform.

  9. Ms.G-Tella

    Hmmmmm its different for her nice concept…. video of the year………idk about all of that. Alicia Keys superwoman is powerful also…..but i like the video!!!!!

  10. AAWesome

    Song = F-I-Y-A-H!
    Video = MORE F-I-Y-A-H!

  11. Catie

    This is by far her best video to date. Everything from the concept of the video to the acting in it is incredible. It’s really one of those music videos that you get into, i’m impressed. I also love the song, it’s very moving.

    It’s weird because when i saw the first image of her as a police officer on this site, i thought she was playing a sexy cop for the “Single Ladies” video, haha.

  12. joey

    this video made me like this song. i was really confused and thought it sucked until the end when she twitched her role. its really meaningful.

  13. Tha King

    its nice…it still aint as powerful as ASHANTI\’s comeback!

  14. jj3308

    this video is hot!!!! I luv it!!!!!!!

  15. F00L

    I d0n’t r3aLLy lik3 dA viD30 0r s0ng b/c Ciara hAD dAT concept 1st and I just d0n’t thiNk sh3 cAm3 bAcK dAt hARd diS tiM3

  16. DRE

    The video isn’t bad..I wouldn’t say it’s the video off the year cause thee are alot of other vids that are better than this..as for her singles, I think after a two year break she could’ve came a lil harder..I hate the fact that she recorded 60-70 songs and only 10 will be on her album *SMH*..I like Beyonce but i will her music is kinda going downhill. And after i saw those 3 vids on youtube where she bit alot of artist styles, it made me kinda wonder about her..even the song title reminds me of Ciara’s “Like A Boy”…but oh well.

  17. graicen

    # DRE Says:
    October 11th, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    The video isn’t bad..I wouldn’t say it’s the video off the year cause thee are alot of other vids that are better than this..as for her singles, I think after a two year break she could’ve came a lil harder..I hate the fact that she recorded 60-70 songs and only 10 will be on her album *SMH*..I like Beyonce but i will her music is kinda going downhill. And after i saw those 3 vids on youtube where she bit alot of artist styles, it made me kinda wonder about her..even the song title reminds me of Ciara’s “Like A Boy”…but oh well.

    CO SING. Ciaras GO Girl to me is da best vid f the year so far. but i generally agree with the above statement

  18. oliver luke

    wow all i can’t say is wow and that i love it

  19. linda

    wow was all i could think when this video ended i really liked it it really meant something!!!beyonce has made soo many good songs and she still rockin out!!!lol lave u gurl!!!love the video

  20. Kilyan

    Nothing extraordinarY about the video..There’S no brand neW concept…The vid juSt matCheS the sonG.Thats it. “Go Girl” from CiCi is way betta.

  21. Alex

    WELCOME BACK B!!!!
    Best video concept to date, made me cry and evoked all kinds of emotions inside….damn Beyonce, you are back!!!!

  22. D

    Dis video is hot..n da concept is crazy hot..n ya r sum real haters..do u really think that go girl is betta den if I were a boy?kilyan u r dum 4 sayin it..I should smack da shit outta ya 4 sayin dat..n 2 dre..wtf u dum bastard..if I were a boy is way different den ciaras like a boy..listen 2 da fuckin lyrics u dum bitch..beyonce is back n she is ready 2 reclaim her throne..so haters hop off cus bey aint goin nowhere but straight 2 numba 1 on da billboard charts

  23. Carlos

    I must be the only one who doesn\’t think theres anything special about this video!

    She looks amazingg!!!

    And I looove the songg.

    But idkkk it doesn\’t do or say much.

    I\’m disappointed that theres only gonna be 10 songs on her album and single ladies is one of them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. Tha King

    like i said nice VID…butit isnt as STRONG AND POWERFUL as ASHANTI’s comeback….

  25. D

    Dis video is fuckin amazing..I’m mad u said dat it aint betta den ashanti comeback..look here bitch.. name me 1 song dat ashanti topped da charts wit since her “comeback”..beyonce came back strong wit if I were a boy n its gaurentee 2 top da charts..especially single ladies!!..n ya r crazy 4 thinkin otha wise..n ashanti???..she shoulda stayed her ass home cus it was less of a comeback n mor of a desperate need of money in her pocket..beyonce is da best n those who hate r da ones who jealous..BEYONCE IS BACK N BETTA DEN EVA!!!!!

  26. jermaine

    yea B back it have that killa concept u know but at the same time some of the video leave u out like what the fuck. im a huge fan of B but is not the best video of the year i dont care what anybody say. her rival ashanti had the best video of the year that shit really was crazy.

  27. Nasia

    LMAO Beyonce’s Rival Is Ashanti?? How Dare You Even Put Her Name NEXT Beyonce SMH! Lmao You Mean Cassie & Ashanti Are Rivals Lmao Anywho

    Top 5 Videos Of The Year Is As Follows:
    5)Love LockDown-KanYe West
    4)If I Were A Boy-Beyonce
    3)Disturbia-Rihanna
    2)Universal Mind Control-Common Feat Pharrell
    1)Go Girl-Ciara Feat T-Pain

  28. Roy

    27, Britney’s “Womanizer” belongs on that list. Britney is killing it in the video and looks better than any of the girls on that list.

  29. angel

    Ashantis comback was way harder than beyonces in my opinion.Ashanti went down in history i think her and bee ARE in the same level.

  30. Championista

    This was reallly nice, that kinda touched me. Thanks mama for showin the world something, it was surprising and perfect. Lovin it.

    Toi

  31. Me Llamo

    @ above comment: How dare you insult Beyonce, by saying she and Ashanti are on the same level? Beyonce song\’s and album will sell millions world wide, while Ashanti\’s didn\’t sell shit, not even in the US.
    And to to all the Ciara\’s(ex-man) loving bitches, I bet my money we won\’t even see Go Girl on the hot 100, while If I Were A Boy and Single Ladies will top that chart.
    So stop putting beyonce and those no career having ho\’s in the same sentence.

    I love all y\’all, but stop comparing those no-listers to the Queen(Fuck You Aretha Franklin)

    Peace

  32. woman-womanizer

    Queen B stands for Britney Spears not beyonce anymore!

  33. She is going crazy

    That video shows her true personality. In real life she flirts with other men too.
    Well, she just hurts jayz too much. I see a divorce sooner than a baby.

  34. MattL

    UMM CIARA’S GO GIRL IS ON THE HOT 100, IT DEBUT AT NUMBER 78, AND IS SOON TO BE A HIT, YOUR JUST AFRAID TO SAY IT, ALSO IT DOES KIND OF SEEM SHE WAS INSPIREED BY CIARA, THATS JUST MY OPINION, AND YES I KNOW THEY HAVE DIFFERENT LYRICS, BASICALLY SIMILAR CONCEPT, AND BLACK AND WHITE VIDEO.

  35. D

    OK U MUST HAVE REALLY LOST UR MIND PUTTING CIARA N THE QUEEN OF R&B IN THE SAME SENTENCE. THIS VIDEO IS HOT N ONE OF THE BEST VIDEOS IN HER CAREER. U HATERS MAKE ME LAUGH. INCASE YOU HAVEN\’T NOTICED CIARAS LAST ALBUM FLOPPED COMPARED TO HER GOODIES DEBUT WHILE BEYONCES SALES INCREASE EVRERY YEAR. AND 4 U ASHANTI FANS. HER LAST ALBUM ONLY SOLD 200,000 COPIES N IT WAS RELEASED LIKE HOW MANY MONTHS AGO? YEA DO THE MATH. BEYONCE IS BACK!!!!. AND SHE\’S STRONGER THEN EVER

  36. whyaskwhy

    35D I\’m a die hard Ashanti fan and 200,000 copies are good compared to 2 songs. Ashanti would of sold more but the promotion wasn\’t there okay. On the other hand this song is not Beyonce this are someone\’s else wrote bee didn\’t write this okay. Ashanti wites her own music and people like you hate to give Ashanti credit for what she do for some reason I don\’t know why all the hate when its comes to Ashanti she just human like everyone else.

  37. whyaskwhy

    Beyonce is insired by alot of singers bee fans just face she over do are songs so she can make it hers and steal others success

  38. Woop... I hate haters, does that make me a hater..?

    yeeshhh.. ppl. dunno which female will have the bigest impact on the chart or male even . Cant see any one beating T.I ft Riri for a while.

    i like it. it fits i s\\\’pose. nothing OTT. it just made sense

  39. D

    This is directed to the person whyaskwhy. Listen here. Believe me wen I say no one is hatin on ashanti. Beyonce sells way more records then ashanti has and ever will. Ashanti only sold 200,000 copies for 2songs, while a year n a half ago beyonce released dejavu n ring the alarm as her 1st 2singles n her album debuted @ numba 1 wit over 300,000 copies and went to sell over 5 million. 2bad I can\’t say the same about ashanti\’s ass. Bitch cant even sing. And for the record beyonce writes her own songs n she actually sells records. Ashanti just talks in her songs while beyonce displays emotion especially in if I were a boy!!!. HER BEST SONG 2DATE!
    THE TOP FEMALE ARTIST R
    1)BEYONCE
    2)ALICIA KEYS
    3)RIHANNA
    4)MARY J
    5)MARIAH CAREY
    *NOTICE HOW ASHANTI HASN\’T MADE THE LIST

  40. Nasia

    #35 How The Fuck Is “Ciara:The Evolution” Which Sold 3 Million Copies A Flop??? SMH Yeah “Goodies” Sold 5 Million Copies Compared To Her Sophomore Album That Sold 3 Million But That Aint No Damn Flop Ppl Can’t Even Sell 100,000 In A Week & You Calling 3 Million Copies A Flop?? SMH!! Somebody ALWAYS Gotta Hate I Want Both Of These Beautiful Black Woman To Succeed & Be The BEST They Can Be SO STOP HATING!!!! Ya’ll Beyonce & Ashanti “Stans” Get On My Damn Nerve Got On Their Forum With That hating On Other Artist Shit Beyonce Is The Best At What She Does But ALL That Queen Shit Don’t Rock Your Mother Or Grandmother Or ANY Female That Raised You Or Dealt With Struggle To Survive Is A Queen

  41. Marie

    1st off I Love Beyonce Im 1 Of Her BIGGEST Fans but This Video & Song Was Kinda boring
    Now To Address The Video Of The year comments i noticed alot of you all been saying its “if i were a boy” (including the admin of this site) I realy think you guys are only saying that because its beyonce Im NOT A Fan Of Ciara But i WILL Admit She Had Video Of The Year (go girl) Along With Janelle Monae for (many moons)those to videos blew me away hpefully b can bring it with single ladies but both songs are a disapointment but i STILL We be supporting my favorite music artist and to #40 beyonce is NOT the queen of R&B Sweety Their Are plenty of ppl that paved the way for her she only had 2 solo cd’s out that is tooo much of an ‘early title”

  42. Marie

    sorry i mean #39 “D”

  43. D

    YOU PEOPLE ARE THE WORST. IF I WERE A BOY AND SINGLE LADIES ARE GONNA TOP THE CHARTS NO MATTER WHAT, BCUS BEYONCE SONGS ALWAYS IMPACT TOP 40 RADIO N BILLBOARD CHARTS. AINT NO 1 GOT NOTHIN ON HER. N TO NUMBER 40. CIARAS EVOLUTION ALBUM WAS PURE TRASH. I ONLY LIKE 2 SONGS OFF THAT WHOLE ALBUM. THANK GOODNESS 4 ITUNES CUS I\’M GLAD I AINT SPEND MY MONEY ON CIARAS WACK ASS ALBUM. NOW I\’M NOT SAYIN CIARA IS WACK BUT SHE TALKS IN ALL HER SONGS. U CAN\’T MAKE A CAREER LIKE THAT. BEYONCE IS THE BEST AND SHE\’S GONNA PROVE ONCE AND 4 ALL WHO\’S ON TOP N LIKE I SAID SHE IS QUEEN OF R&B IN OUR GENERATION 2DAY!!!

  44. Argelis

    LMAO @ THIS GAY ASS FAN GOING HARD FOR BEYONCE ITS SAD HOW YOU GOTTA INSULT OTHER ARTIST TO MAKE BEYONCE LOOK GOOD! NIGGA ALL THOSE GIRLS ARE SOME BAD BITCHES & THEY WORK HARD TO GET WHERE THEY ARE @ NOW RIHANNA,ALICIA KEYS,KEYSHIA COLE & CIARA ARE DOING THERE THANG BEYONCE SOLD OVER 14 MILLION COPIES OFF HER 1ST 2 SOLO CD & SHE WILL HAVE EVEN MORE SUCCESS SHE HAS BEEN KNOWN SINCE DESTINY’S CHILD WHILE ON THE OTHER HAND RIHANNA & CIARA HAVE ARE NEWBIES & STILL IS HAVING OUTSTANDING SUCCESS RIHANNA HAS SOLD OVER 11 MILLION ALBUMS WITH 3CDS & CIARA HAS SOLD 9 MILLION WITH 2CDS SO WHY CAN’T YOU JUST LET ALL THESE LADIES DO THE DAMN THING WE NEED TO EMBRACE OUR AFRICAN AMERICAN ARTIST INSTEAD OF BRING THEM DOWN PPL

  45. Sandra

    This is a sad state in music… Beyonce can sell shit and you people would buy it.

  46. jemaine

    Aight ya with this Beyonce and Ashanti real talk this the deal ! yes im a huge fan of beyonce she was my 1 at first in my eyes on everything when ashanti came out she became 2 in my eyes than ashanti became first B is hot and yes she is worldwide with her music and so as Ashanti her shit sell in japan also United Kingdom all her shit check u self Wikipedia or Billboard aight. oh yea somethin Beyonce never did ashanti is the first female simultaneously having three Top Ten songs on Billboard 200 at the same time Foolish Always on Time \

  47. jemaine

    oh yea cassie will never match to ashanti the same page this ashanti is a singer that won every award it is and sold many records and perform with icons cassie 2 singles and what know ya facts. she will be around as long as beyonce maybe they may make a duet like brandy and monica lol i dont know i guess i think so.

  48. Kilyan

    LMAO at that .D. commentS…

    BeyonCe & Rihanna on top of MariaH CareY…
    Rihanna should not even be mention in the same sentenCe that MC…
    & NoOne iS gonna build a career like MC diD…
    No other female…
    She ruleS the Chart 4 mo\’ than 10 years.

    Re viSit ur claSsic !

  49. D

    like i said b4 this is one of beyonces best videos. for those of you who didnt undastand the concept of the video your basically a dumass and a hater. and to number48 kilyan. mariah carey is a great singer but lately her singles are not toppin the charts. she has some great songs on her albums yet shes realeasin shit like bye bye and that song ill be loving you long time that barely broke out the top 50 on the charts. i mean cmon. wtf was she thinkin. beyonce always choose the right singles to release off her albums and she fuckin kills the song. if i were a boy and single ladies is a garentee chart topper. if only i can say the same bout mariah as of now…but i cant!!!

  50. D

    As i said b4 this is one of beyonces best videos. for those of you who didnt undastand the concept of the video your basically a dumass and a hater. and to number48 kilyan. mariah carey is a great singer but lately her singles are not toppin the charts. she has some great songs on her albums yet shes realeasin shit like bye bye and that song ill be loving you long time that barely broke out the top 50 on the charts. i mean cmon. wtf was she thinkin. beyonce always choose the right singles to release off her albums and she fuckin kills the song. if i were a boy and single ladies is a garentee chart topper. if only i can say the same bout mariah as of now…but i cant!!!

  51. D

    this is one of beyonces best videos. for those of you who didnt undastand the concept of the video your basically a dumass and a hater. and to number48 kilyan. mariah carey is a great singer but lately her singles are not toppin the charts. she has some great songs on her albums yet shes realeasin shit like bye bye and that song ill be loving you long time that barely broke out the top 50 on the charts. i mean cmon. wtf was she thinkin. beyonce always choose the right singles to release off her albums and she fuckin kills the song. if i were a boy and single ladies is a garentee chart topper. if only i can say the same bout mariah as of now…but i cant!!!

  52. D

    This video is fire!!!! for those of you who didnt undastand the concept of the video your basically a dumass and a hater. and to number48 kilyan. mariah carey is a great singer but lately her singles are not toppin the charts. she has some great songs on her albums yet shes realeasin shit like bye bye and that song ill be loving you long time that barely broke out the top 50 on the charts. i mean cmon. wtf was she thinkin. beyonce always choose the right singles to release off her albums and she fuckin kills the song. if i were a boy and single ladies is a garentee chart topper. if only i can say the same bout mariah as of now…but i cant!!!

  53. D

    This video is fire!!!!!. for those of you who didnt undastand the concept of the video your basically a dumass and a hater. and to number48 kilyan. mariah carey is a great singer but lately her singles are not toppin the charts. she has some great songs on her albums yet shes realeasin shit like bye bye and that song ill be loving you long time that barely broke out the top 50 on the charts. i mean cmon. wtf was she thinkin. beyonce always choose the right singles to release off her albums and she fuckin kills the song. if i were a boy and single ladies is a garentee chart topper. if only i can say the same bout mariah as of now…but i cant!!!

  54. Joseph

    wow, this video and song are amazing! WoW. This video and Ciara\’s Go Girl are DEFNITLY on top for female video of the year