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Beyoncé is known for taking immense pride in her work. For years, the singer has pushed herself to be the best she can be. Although her hard work has paid off, Beyoncé always sees room for improvement, which is why she approaches each of her live performances with the same grit and determination as that of professional athletes.

Beyoncé onstage during "The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour" in 2013
Beyoncé | Photo by Larry Busacca/PW/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)

Beyoncé once said that she ‘connects’ with the Super Bowl and its sportsmen

In January 2013, Beyoncé sat down with GQ magazine, where she opened up about her career and what drives her to be so great ahead of that year’s Super Bowl.

While speaking about what inspires her to deliver flawless performances, the singer revealed that she models her career after NFL players. Beyoncé shared that she connects with the game and its players, noting that she approaches her performances the same way the pro athletes do.

Beyoncé performing onstage at the 2013 Super Bowl Halftime Show
Singer Beyonce performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

“One of the reasons I connect to the Super Bowl is that I approach my shows like an athlete,” she told the outlet. “You know how they sit down and watch whoever they’re going to play and study themselves? That’s how I treat this. I watch my performances, and I wish I could just enjoy them, but I see the light that was late. I see,’ Oh God, that hair did not work.’ Or’ I should never do that again.’ I try to perfect myself. I want to grow, and I’m always eager for new information.”

The “Formation” singer admitted that the only time she isn’t looking for ways to perfect herself is when she’s on stage, sharing that that’s one of the only times her brain turns off and the critiques go silent.

“It’s like a blackout,” she said. “When I’m on stage, I don’t know what the crap happens. I am gone.”

Beyoncé watches videos of her performances and critiques them while on tour

Though she delivered thousands of live performances that fans considered perfect from start to end, Beyoncé still finds herself critiquing the show and noting areas for improvement.

Every night when she’s on tour, Beyoncé watches a DVD of the show she just performed in her hotel room. Before going to sleep, she critiques herself, her dancers, and her cameramen, jotting down what areas they can be better in. The next morning, everyone receives pages of notes.

In her 2019 Netflix film Homecoming, the Grammy winner can be seen pushing herself and those she works with to be their very best. During the movie, she had a talk with her crew about doing whatever’s necessary to bring her vision for the show to life.


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“Until I see some of my notes applied, it doesn’t make sense for me to make more,” she said, per Vulture. “It’s just so everyone out there can feel what we’re feeling.”

But even though she can be pretty hard on herself, Beyoncé has learned to give herself credit for many of the things she’s accomplished over the years.

“I worked so hard during my childhood to meet this goal: By the time I was 30 years old, I could do what I want,” she says. “I’ve reached that. I feel very fortunate to be in that position. But I’ve sacrificed a lot of things, and I’ve worked harder than probably anyone I know, at least in the music industry. So I just have to remind myself that I deserve it.”