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Poll: From "Savage" To "03' Bonnie & Clyde," What's Your Favorite Beyoncé Feature?
The internet—Stallion included—understandably lost their minds this past week over the Queen Bey-supported version of the catchy, confident track whose proceeds support their hometown's Bread Of Life COVID-19 relief efforts.
Now that we've all heard the latest golden vocals the 24-time GRAMMY winner has offered on another artist's track, we want to know: what is your favorite Beyoncé feature ever?
Vote in our latest poll below to let us know, and read on for a quick refresh on the songs.
Back in June 2017, J Balvin and Willy William's joyful reggaetón track "Mi Gente" was everywhere and firmly established Balvin as a global superstar. Two months later, Beyoncé came on for a remix of the already inescapable track, delivering electric vocals in Spanish and English for another good cause—disaster relief in Puerto Rico, Mexico and the Caribbean. In December, she joined forces with pop singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran to turn his ÷ (Divide) love song "Perfect" into the "Perfect Duet."
Two years prior, in December 2015, Coldplay dropped their GRAMMY-nominated seventh album, A Head Full Of Dreams, along with the euphoric pop track "Hymn for the Weekend," which opens with angelic vocals from Beyoncé. While technically not credited as a featured artist, she brings the track to heavenly heights and serves up goddess realness in the music video when it was released a single in early 2016.
In 2014, rap queen Nicki Minaj dropped her GRAMMY-nominated third studio album, The Pinkprint, along with a fierce Beyoncé collab in the form of bad b**** anthem "Feeling Myself." The song got new life in 2018 at Beychella in the form of an enchanting mashup with "Flawless." And before the world was gifted a Destiny's Child reunion on that Coachella stage, Kelly Rowland's 2013 track "You Changed," featuring Beyoncé and Michelle Williams brought the trio back together with R&B girl power perfection.
Taking us back to the early '10s, in 2011, "Love A Woman" served up more female-led R&B power with the unstoppable vocal range of Mary J. Blige and Bey. The song was originally recorded for Bey's album 4 but didn't fit the final product—luckily it was released on 10th studio album My Life II…The Journey Continues (Act I). On 2009's "Put It In A Love Song," another fierce, empowered alliance was formed, this time with Alicia Keys, with an upbeat bop asking their lovers to let them know if the love is real, from Keys' The Element Of Freedom.
While there really is something special about the power of a song with Beyoncé slaying with another badass female, there is no denying the impact she's had bringing her feminine power and smoothness to remixes of male artist's tracks, a la "Mi Gente." Almost a decade prior to the Balvin collab, in 2008 she served up an appropriately rich dose of sexy to Usher's "Love in This Club, Pt. II," also featuring Lil Wayne, from Usher's fifth LP, Here I Stand.
This "Formation" singer's best features list would not be complete without inclusion of at least of few of her incredibly talented family members. Way back in December 2002, a then-16-year-old Solange released her debut album, Solo Star, with a sultry jam "Naive" featuring big sis/Destiny's Child lead Bey and '90s rap queen Da Brat. The album wasn't available digitally for years, but the track was recently released on streaming platforms just this year.
Finally, in October 2002, back when The Carters were dating, they first shared their love and fierce partnership with the world on JAY-Z's unforgettable "03' Bonnie & Clyde." With this melodic track from his seventh studio album, The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse, the unstoppable Jay and Bey began their reign in music, pop culture and our hearts.