Video: Beyoncé – ‘I Was Here’

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Beyoncé aims to reach 1 billion people on one day with one message of hope with the video for “I Was Here,” dedicated to World Humanitarian Day. The pop powerhouse has teamed up with the United Nations and humanitarian aid organizations to launch a global campaign to celebrate humanitarian work and encourage people worldwide to get involved by helping others on August 19. Beyoncé filmed the visuals in front of a live audience at the United Nations General Assembly Hall in New York earlier this month.

“It says, ‘I want to leave my footprints in the sands of time’ and it basically is all of our dreams,” B told Anderson Cooper of the Diane Warren-penned ballad off her latest album 4. “And that’s leaving our mark on the world. I feel like we all want to know that our life meant something.”

The video was helmed by production company Ridley Scott & Associates and directors Kenzo Digital and Sophie Muller (“Ring the Alarm,” “Deja Vu”).

To make your mark on World Humanitarian Day, visit whd-iwashere.org.

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105 Comments

  1. Critic

    One word = Beautiful.
    Only the Queen.

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    BALCONY Reply:

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    yall dumb AAA BITCH Reply:

    @BALCONY, STFU!

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    Edidion Musique Reply:

    @Critic, Yes the Queen just slayed! They will have to stay pressed. Beyonce is such an inspiration to me. As a drag queen, I often dress up as her to do my shows and the crowds love it. I HAVE to find that dress she’s wearing.

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  2. Kitty

    I love you Beyoncé! You’re a HUGE HUGE HUGE inspiration to me! You don’t know how this impacted me! I love you!!

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    Jackie Rayne Reply:

    Beyoncé that was so beautiful, I got teary eyed & I don’t cry these days over stuff. I was touched to the core of my heart. I want to do something to prove I was here.

    On the other hand, Beyoncé body is perfect!

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  3. BLUE IVY

    awww my baby beyonce!

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  4. chimajii

    great course!..am i made to tink that this video would garner views???…it may start trending on twitter…

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  5. whoshotcha

    im tired of this bitch with her ugly weave n buttpads! sit down!

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    A Realist Reply:

    @whoshotcha, Lmfaoooooooo

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    Tim Reply:

    @whoshotcha, ctfu smh

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    GET YO OUT FEELINGS BOO Reply:

    @whoshotcha, Then why you pressed the link then ? Get ya life together

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    alonzo wilson Reply:

    @whoshotcha, bitch please ain’t nun fake on beyonce always had ass from day 1 so shut the fuck up. and didn’t she just had a baby

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    Mia Reply:

    @whoshotcha, So tired of her but you clicked the link to she her? lmao! U can’t help it just like the rest of the haters lmao!

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    freshed Reply:

    @whoshotcha, woah. why are you upset. Your statement doesnt even match the content of the song. You act like she was poppin cootie on stage

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    tee Reply:

    @freshed, ikr

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    Young Pereezy YMCMB-MMG Reply:

    @whoshotcha, Ni**a. U stupid, Die slow

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  6. Lambforlife

    Love the vid!

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  7. TheSpectator:)

    singing like she was tired or something…i love her but something was missing…she didn’t take the song up like the studio version..i was looking for more..very flatline..

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  8. jamoney

    That video and performance was so amazing.

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  9. sippindattea

    Haters gon’ hate while beyonce is changing lives!!!!

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    Young Pereezy YMCMB-MMG Reply:

    @sippindattea, Hell Yeah Fuc*in’ right

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  10. boom boom

    beautiful.

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  11. Leola

    CRYYYNNNNG !!!

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  12. TEAMLILKIM

    OMG BEY IS SO FUCKING BASIC LIKE IT’S ANNOYING. HER TIME IS UP ALL HER SONGS SOUND THE SAME LIKE NOTHING IS NEW OR EXCITING ABOUT HER. NEXT.

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    AllAmerykhanBoy Reply:

    @TEAMLILKIM, Say’s A Lil Kim Fan.

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    MinajRules2012 Reply:

    @TEAMLILKIM, I agree. Never thought i’d agree with a Kim fan. Bey is definitely annoying and she looks old now.

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    B*tches In Paris Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, Both of you hating ass bitches need to have a seat . . Call me when your fav artists wins 16 grammy’s :]

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    xSTEV3N Reply:

    @TEAMLILKIM, Oh amazing King Beyoncé always slays! she’s such an inspiration!

    Hahahaha TeamLilKim you are way to funny now!
    at least Beyoncé doesn’t look like a trashy drag queen.

    And I really understand you boo, ofcourse Beyoncé looks ”fucking basic” in your eyes but that’s just because Lil Grim doesn’t do shit! King B’ on the other hand is working/slaying and getting her money, but you know it’s ok.. stay pressed, if I would stan for Lil Grim I would be pressed as well. Have a seat now.

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  13. TEAMLILKIM

    AGAIN BASIC ASS BITCH.

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    RealHipHop Reply:

    @TEAMLILKIM, Hahahahahahahahah! YeSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!

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  14. KING-BREEZYONCÉ

    I LOVE HOW LEGEND-YONCÉ MAKE HATERS SOUNDS SO PRESSED!

    THIS BITCH IS FUCKING ICONIC

    I-C-O-N-IC!!!

    THANKS DIANE WARREN FOR THIS BEAUTIFULL BALLAD THO!!!

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    MinajRules2012 Reply:

    @KING-BREEZYONCÉ,

    Haters so pressed but you the only one typing in caps.

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  15. TEAMLILKIM

    THERE’S NOTHING NEW OR EXCITING ABOUT BEYONCE ANYMORE ALL HER SONGS SOUND THE SAME HER TIME IS UP. SORRY BUT SHE’S A BASIC ASS BITCH

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    Mia Reply:

    @TEAMLILKIM, *looks at username* …. LMAO! #thatis all

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    TEAMLILKIM Reply:

    @Mia, UMM WHAT R U TRYING TO SAY BITCH

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    Yo Reply:

    @TEAMLILKIM, Damn your slow.. Oh and btw her time just started

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    MinajRules2012 Reply:

    @TEAMLILKIM, I agree. Beyonce is about to be yesterdays news.

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    B*tches In Paris Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, Yeah you’re tired of her but yet you comment on every post involving KING BEY . . Again does Nicki have a grammy yet ?

    @TEAMLILKIM Hmm so why hasn’t lil kim been on tv lately ? Why does lil kim why lie about selling mixtapes ? Oh okay _/

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  16. meme

    She look like Jlo

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  17. Jenna

    Why didn’t Rap-Up tell anyone that actually theskorpionshow premiered her video?

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    Mia Reply:

    @Jenna, Because they didn’t, Beyonce.com did

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    Angela Reply:

    @Jenna, Because this site is run by white ppl.

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  18. Jay-Me

    Well I’m gonna be real & say I’ve seen Beyonce deliver better live performances than this but it got real hot towards the end. I absolutely love this song though & the cause is fantastic. She looks amazing, sounds great & even on a bad day she still sounds better then all those tired imitations that aren’t on her level.

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    NOLA Navy Reply:

    @Jay-Me, Agreed she hasn’t been able to match the vocals on her 4 cd when she does the songs live.

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    WTRW? Reply:

    @NOLA Navy, Wrong and wrong she has and does in this performance. #WHD2012 Do something good tomorrow. Start by spreading positivity

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  19. TheDreamer

    Powerful and amazing. She looked beautiful.

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  20. BWExtreme

    It was good but not great.

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  21. aba

    yasss b yas

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  22. ReignWntLetUp

    I think it’s soooo tacky how she’s trying to use this whole “humanitarian” mess to push this song. Like, girl, the album flopped…..move on! She’s such an opportunist. I shant use.

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    Angela Reply:

    @ReignWntLetUp, EXACTLY!!!!!!!!!

    I think being a humanitarian and philanthropist is very good – BUT Beyonce hasn’t been much of one. When you think about how long she has been out and how much success she’s had, she has never done anything with the word “humanitarian” attached… and for all of ya’ll waiting to come for me, I know about the Destiny’s Child McDonalds thing, the center in Houston and meeting with Nelson Mandela.

    I’m talking about some Michael Jackson or Oprah level humanitarianism. Beyonce has been making too much money not to be doing something like Alicia Keys with “Keep A Child Alive”. She is an opportunist.

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    RealIssh suckmydick Reply:

    @Angela, Agreed. There’s far more celebrities that are humanitarian…Ashanti, wyclef, gabby union, nelly, missy elliot, eve, ll cool j….far more.

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    RealHipHop Reply:

    @ReignWntLetUp, Yessssssss

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    WTRW? Reply:

    @ReignWntLetUp, Do you really think this is about 4 which went Plat. 6 months ago… This is about her lending her talent. What else would she do, she’s a singer did you expect her to rap on stage to raise awareness. You’re so rapped in your feelings to see the point of the whole movement.

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    AllAmerykhanBoy Reply:

    @ReignWntLetUp, Who cares. The Moral Is SHE DID IT. And All She’s Asking Is For You To Do It To. Stop Watching Her Success and Make Yours.

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  23. Kreta

    really beautiful but I´m little confuse. Did she perform in front of a real crowd or did they do it with the computer? It looks so weird??

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    RealHipHop Reply:

    @Kreta, Ask Blu Ivy she’s C.G.I.!!!!!

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    Kitty Reply:

    @Kreta, It was infront of a real crowd :)

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  24. Kreta

    and dont U think that Beyonce looks like Kim Kardashian in this video?? Mabye because of the dress??

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  25. Redchainsaw

    This was simple and beautiful

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  26. Meme

    At first I couldn’t see how this song would fit the cause but they did an amazing job with the conceptualizing this video. Love it.

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  27. RealIssh suckmydick

    Like someone else said. She is washed up. People are not checking for Beyonce but her dedicated Stanz. 4 closed. The Bank is not willing to negotiate. Give it up and work on another album(that’s if you can find someone else’s talent, song, beat and work to steal from )

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    AllAmerykhanBoy Reply:

    @RealIssh suckmydick, She’s Already Working On 2 Albums

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  28. :)

    She sounds amazing live. Better than she does in the studio. She is so talented. Amazing message in the song.

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    :) Reply:

    @:), Also great visuals!

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  29. Jay

    Ok. Seriously that was AMAZING!!!!! I love Beyonce so much!! She is one of the reasons why I sing. I almost cried watching this. Man, this gave me chills. Beyonce is truly one of the greatest all around singer and entertainer that has ever lived. Wow! And 4 is one of the best musical bodies of work that I’ve ever heard! Amazing!!! :)

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  30. A RihYonce Stan

    The video from Roseland was better… vocally, and the video was better in my opinion.

    This video is for a cause sooo… whatever.

    Kudos to Bey!

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  31. freshed

    SMH i dont understand how people can be online and be negative. NO FORREAL im tryna figure out what would make a person produce so much hate. Especially if they watched this video. Then they wonder why such worldly disasters happen. Im almost ashamed to be apart of this generation. Though theres always some form of light at the end of the tunnel. I was here too B!

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    RealIssh suckmydick Reply:

    @freshed, Well keep wondering.

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  32. stacey burns

    SOOO beautiful! xoxo

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  33. Obi One

    Her voice has gotten deeper after having Blue Ivy. Still a beautiful vocal.

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  34. KING-BREEZYONCÉ

    ONE WORD: LEGEND !!!

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  35. Theirthedevilschildren

    Her voice just gave me chills! Omg! Beyonce despite the hate I have shown you in the past though always secretly loving you I must say you are a class act and truthfully in a leauge of your own. These haters can hate but you have touched the hearts of many with your music and you have always kept it about your art unlike the so many trashy singers that are selling their personal life to compensate for their lack of musical ability. You inspire so many woman and men and I definitely think you are a great role model that continues to show so much growth and versatility in your spirit. Beyonce you are in a league of your own darling, never infamous just famous for being the blessed woman you are. Keep up the legendary work my dear because your kind is a dying breed in this music industry. You are like the last real R&B soul woman left smh.

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    Theirthedevilschildren Reply:

    @Theirthedevilschildren, *I meant that shes the last internationally selling R&B woman left like truthfully there are other making great R&B but they arent reaching the masses Beyonce has and can.

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    AJ Reply:

    @Theirthedevilschildren, child you demented if you think beyonce is R&B. B has not be r&b since circa 2006. She’s pretty much a pop star these days. And for those who think I’m hating… I actually think the UN approached beyawnsay to use the soggy as it fits their campaign. Every year they try something different to reach the masses. B is one ogre the most recognised faces in the world thanks to her music, destinys child and her fake songwriting credits which pretty much grabbed headlines even in the back alley trash newspapers.

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    W Reply:

    @Theirthedevilschildren, Beyonce + R&B = LOLOLOL

    Beyonces last R&B album was B’day but even I don’t consider that as R&B. Aaliyah was an r&B singer… She never sold out and made a pop song

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  36. yadig

    First of all you dumb fucks this is a music video not a live music video. thats y beyonce my girl is lip syncing in the music video idiots duh

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    Kitty Reply:

    @yadig, Are you stupid or what? Can’t you hear that she is also singing live?

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  37. Kyle

    Beyonce is such a class act. I loved it. It was simple and I love the images they chose to show in the background. They were effective and make you want to get out there and help!

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  38. Young Pereezy YMCMB-MMG

    Queen Bey in This

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  39. Leaveit2me

    She needs singing lessons. All beautiful and no substance.

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    wegew Reply:

    @Leaveit2me, you are a prime example of a human being with unreasoonable standards and expectations from people.

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    KaramelKisses Reply:

    @Leaveit2me, Please exit to the left! Beyonce has a 5 octave range which no one in the industry today has (w/ the exception of Mariah who has a 7 octave range). So her singing & singing live is amazing so maybe you need hearing/listening lessons. You are correct in the point that she is beautiful both inside & out w/ alot of substance … wife, mother, daughter, sister, humanitarian. It’s way to early in the morning for so much hate!

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  40. Didem

    Beyonce is perfect, I love you…

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  41. Youngman

    That was one of the most moving things I have ever experienced. I can’t believe I shed some tears.

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  42. whitechocolate

    Anyone who hates on that needs to flatline

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  43. billionaire

    Such a powerful video with an even more powerful message!

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  44. mal

    flawless

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  45. Edidion

    There is a person on here calling themself “Edidion Musique” he is an imposter, i am the real Edidion. it’s sad that no-life people would take your name and slander it.

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    Edidion Musique Reply:

    @Edidion, I really dont THINK these people care. I’m the real Edidion Musique and you will HAVE to DEAL!!!!

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    Dear Sorry Boy Reply:

    @Edidion, yo dude or girl Shut your ass up with that Whinying lame ass Name you got. Go read a book & Eat some Cookie, Nobody isn’t paying attention to you just Deal with it.

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  46. NigeriaIsTheBestCountry

    The video is #1 on itunes!

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  47. beyonce ego

    I love you Beyonce…
    I Was Here…
    #WorldHumanitarianDay
    #WHD2012 #IWASHERE

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  48. Not HateN

    Sorry but I’m not jumping on the Beyonce being such a moving Humanitarian bandwagon all of sudden! For years her and hubby have been critisized for making so much money and not giving back. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have been named power couple for years because of the simple fact of what they do to help other countries, if anybody is a true humanitarian along with the great MJ, it’s Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.

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    REAL Reply:

    @Not HateN, you are sad……its about the people…helping others…im dats what beyonce doing…you just blocking yur on blessing…she is doing something NOW and that ALL THAT MATTERS!!

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  49. nicko

    WOW ! *_*

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  50. Thckcoco

    First off errbody got they own opinion.. I dont care much for Beyonce any more.. But yes I clicked the link cause I wanted to kno what other kina bullshit she has up her sleeves for her so called fans.. Now lets speak on this baby she suppose to have had.. NOT.. If yall really believe she actually delivered a baby yall stupid.. She is fuckin carrying around a ‘NewBorn baby.. The same one they use in movies.. All you gotta do is go on youtube.. Im jus waitin till next year.. I wanna see a toddler lookn like her an jay z… Beyonce is shinin like fake gold.. Hell she copper now.. She lost that shine.. Hell new comers get more radio play.. Now my opinions have been brought to you.. #She’s washed up..

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  51. yall dumb AAA BITCH

    Beautilful MUSIC video

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  52. Heather

    It’s so easy for some of you to make judgments about someone you don’t even know sitting on your asses in front of a computer, isn’t it? How much humanitarian work have you done, compared to Beyonce or any of these celebs? Oh. -_-

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  53. The Real B[randy]

    Is it over yet?

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  54. Reality

    Why people APPRECIATE Beyonce too much? She’s doing that because of HER BUSINESS and HER MONEY.
    Compared to other artists, Beyonce’s donated small amount of money to NEEDY PEOPLE or CLARITY. She just donated all her daughter’s GIFTS to people. ??? It doesn’t make SENSE for me at all.

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  55. Stre3t Danc@

    THE QUEEN! This song always makes me cry, it’s really touching.

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  56. GirlBye

    I see that she still trying to sell y’all that ratchet “4″ album a year later. Bahahaha!!!

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  57. Dear Sorry Boy

    Nice Music Video And Some of yall Don’t like What Artist Do

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  58. beyonce-ego

    I Was Here

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