‘Better and Brighter’: Beyonce Shares 2020 Behind-the-scenes Video

Beyonce, like many, is hopeful that 2021 will be a ‘better and brighter’ year for humanity.

But the megastar, 39, chose to make 2020 ‘about celebrating joy, chasing happiness, and living in love,’ despite social unrest in the United States and the havoc caused by COVID-19.

And Beyonce reflected on her personal highlights of 2020, both charitable and professional, in a four-minute video shared to Instagram on Friday.

Along with the lengthy clip, Beyonce penned a heartfelt letter to her 159million followers.

‘Cheers to a New Year Beyhive!!’ she began. ‘2020 divided us and united us. Most could not see loved ones and we felt too many losses, but we were united by our humanity.

‘As we all look forward and pray for new beginnings, my wish for you is that you honor yourself and those you love.

‘Celebrate that you are an important individual who contributes to our beautiful collective,’ she wrote, before signing off.

Beyonce’s retrospective video begins with footage of her and her husband Jay-Z ringing in 2020 during a glamorous New Year’s Eve party.

Beyonce and Jay-Z, as well as the rest of the partygoers, can be heard joyously counting down from 10, before setting off the confetti poppers in their hands.

Commemorating her final public appearances before COVID-19 lockdown in Mach, she included some cinematic footage of her and Jay-Z at the 2020 Golden Globe Awards and the annual Roc Nation Grammy Brunch.

Back in January, Beyonce released her highly anticipated IVY PARK collaboration with athletic giant Adidas.

The collaboration, which featured many of the brand’s classic styles with a sexy twist and unique color scheme, launched on January 17 and sold out within minutes.

Later in the year, Beyonce and Adidas announced that they contributed $11million to help small businesses across the United States ‘impacted by the economic crisis’ of 2020.

Along with sharing some of the collection’s promotional footage, Beyonce also included some behind-the-scenes clips of her signing Ultra Boost sneakers and posing for photos.

Next, the hitmaker highlighted the COVID-19 testing centers her philanthropic organization, the BeyGood Foundation, launched at the height of the pandemic.

Due to the disproportionate affect the virus has had on Black people, particularly in her hometown of Houston, Texas, Beyonce and the team at BeyGood opened a testing center in the city.

After the initial center launched, the BeyGood Foundation went on to open more testing locations in predominantly Black communities across the United States.

At one very emotional portion of the video, Beyonce’s mother Tina Lawson can be seen welling up with tears as a volunteer based in Houston showed her the lengthy line outside the testing center.

The BeyGood Foundation also partnered with the NAACP to launch to the Black Business Impact Fund, which provided grants to small businesses struggling to stay afloat due to the economic impact of COVID-19.

Wanting to help those struggling with mental health amid seemingly endless lockdowns and job losses, Beyonce and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced a $6million COVID-19 relief fund specifically aimed at providing people with mental health resources.

In April, Beyonce appeared during the first annual Disney Family Singalong on ABC, where she dedicated her rendition of When You Wish Upon a Star to frontline workers.

‘I am so proud to be a part of the Disney family and to help present the Disney Songbook Singalong in partnership with Feeding American,’ announced the star, who appeared in a slew of virtual COVID-19 related fundraisers throughout the year.

Providing inspiration to the masses, Beyonce delivered a powerful speech during the virtual 2020 commencement ceremony, which was broadcast to celebrate graduates unable to attend or be a part of an in-person ceremony.

Reflecting on her artistic endeavors in 2020, the Crazy In Love songstress paid homage to her feature on the Savage Remix with rapper Megan Thee Stallion.

For the remix, Beyonce captured a ton of sexy footage of herself at her lavish home, where she can be seen rocking a slew of form-fitting pieces and even a cow print cowboy hat.

Giving fans a peek in her ultra private home life, Beyonce included an adorable clip of her riding around of a golf cart with her and Jay-Z’s three-year-old twins, Rumi and Sir.

‘How did you feel about summer? Did you have a good summer?’ asks Beyonce to Rumi which prompts the little one to nod her head.

Back to her career highlights, Beyonce was awarded BET’s Humanitarian Of The Year Award, an award that was presented to her by none other than First Lady Michelle Obama.

As she accepted the honor, Beyonce reminded her audience to ‘vote like [their] lives depend on it’ in the November 3 election.

Earning her nine Grammy nominations, the Destiny’s Child alum released her critically acclaimed Black Is King visual album on July 31, which she wrote, directed, and produced for Disney+.

In November, Beyonce and Adidas returned the second IVY PARKx Adidas ‘Drip,’ which featured a cool toned color palette and elevated athleisure pieces.

Beyonce and Jay-z welcomed their eldest child, daughter Blue Ivy in 2012, and this year, the now eight-year-old became one of the youngest people to be nominated for a Grammy.

Blue earned the nod for her feature on her mother’s track BROWN SKIN GIRL, which landed in the 2021 Grammys category for Best Music Video.

The eldest child of Beyonce and Jay-Z also put her voice talents to the test by narrating the audiobook for Hair Love by author Matthew A. Cherry.

To close out her video, Beyonce took a moment to express how proud she is of R&B Duo Chloe X Halle, who are signed under her management company Parkwood Entertainment.

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