Who runs the world? Beyoncé.
If you weren’t already convinced that this is Queen Bey’s world and we’re all just living in it, she proved it once and for all when she shocked her fans by releasing an unannounced, 14-track album just after midnight on Dec. 13.
In typical Diva fashion, Bey totally outdid herself—and the album is full of surprises as well! The self-titled project, which has been exclusive released on iTunes, is being described as a “visual album,” as it includes a video for each track.
And the surprises don’t stop there; Bey called on some of superstar friends to help with this top-secret project!
The album boasts some big names—like her husband, Jay Z, daughter, Blue and former Destiny’s Child band mates—as featured artists; additionally, Pharrell and Justin Timberlake are among the talents credited with production of the album.
But Bey’s fans shouldn’t be too surprised… the Grammy winner has been known to keep her fans on their toes! Check out six other times Beyoncé shocked her fans:
1. Her Pregnancy Reveal
When Bey took the stage at the 2011 Video Music Awards to perform “Love on Top,” she told the audience, “I want you to feel the love that’s growing inside me!” Fans didn’t realize exactly how literally she meant this—until she unbuttoned her jacket to reveal her baby bump!
2. Destiny’s Child Reunion at the Super Bowl
When it was announced that Bey would be performing at the halftime show at Super Bowl XLVII, rumors began to circulate that her Destiny’s Child band mates, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, would be joining her for reunion; they all vehemently denied the rumors before the show.
Of course, Kelly and Michelle did end up showing up and performing “Independent Woman Part 1,” “Bootylicious” and “Single Ladies.”
3. Bey Chops Her Hair Off!
Bey is known for her gorgeous mane (and her incredible dance, amazing moves, sense of style… the list goes on), so when she debuted a short, blond pixie cut on Instagram in August, she caused quite a stir!
Since then, countless stars (such as Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lawrence, Pamela Anderson) have gone for the “short hair, don’t care” look; we’re not saying they copied Bey… but it’s possible that this shocking moment provided a little inspiration!
4. Inauguration Lip Syncing Confession
Jay and Bey are close with President Obama and Michelle, so it wasn’t all that surprising to learn that she was asked to sing the national anthem at Barack’s second presidential inauguration; the shock came when it was time for Beyoncé to belt out “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and fans discovered she was using a pre-recorded track.
After receiving backlash, Bey apologized and explained that she is a perfectionist, and because of factors related to the weather and lack of sound check, she “did not feel comfortable taking a risk,” by performing live.
5. Announcing a Doc, Life Is But a Dream
In Nov. 2012, it was announced that Beyoncé and HBO would be teaming up to produce a feature-length documentary that followed her incredible life; only a few short months later, Life Is But a Dream debuted on the premium cable network.
And fans got even more than they bargained for! In the doc, Beyoncé opens up about the most personal things in her life—like her relationship with her estranged father, the miscarriage she suffered before conceiving Blue) and welcomes fans into the most intimate moments with her family.
6. Bey Goes Vegan, Then Wears Fur
To celebrate his 44th birthday, Jay announced that he and Beyoncé were going to follow a strict vegan diet for 22 days; just one day into their animal-free diet, Mrs. Carter came under fire when she was spotted at a vegan restaurant wearing fur and leather.
However, Bey subtly responded in the best way possible; by donning an ensemble inspired entirely of pizza. Delicious, cheesy pepperoni pizza.
7. Beyonce Photobombs a Selfie
We never thought we’d be this jealous of a 15-year-old girl; but Valentine, a teenager from Australia, changed all that when she went to a Beyoncé concert and snapped a selfie with the stage—only to get photobombed by the “Single Ladies” singer!
On her Tumblr, Valentine said it was “the best moment ever”—and we don’t doubt that for a second!