Bonus Tracks and Music Videos)", " The Ed Sullivan Show, June 1, 1969", "The 30 All-Time Best Music Videos – Beyoncé, 'Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It), "Whose Idea Was Beyoncé's Shiny Robot Glove? [110] It reached the top 10 in the Netherlands, Italy and Spain, and the top 40 in both Belgian territories (Flanders and Wallonia), as well as in Hungary, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. [204] The piece premiered at the BBC Proms on August 27, 2010. Swift's acceptance speech was interrupted by rapper Kanye West, who grabbed her microphone to declare the "Single Ladies" video as "one of the best videos of all time". [90] For the week ending January 15, 2009, the song moved to number one on the Hot 100 Airplay chart with 147.3 million listener impressions. "Single Ladies" won three Grammy Awards in 2010, including Song of the Year, among other accolades. I just know Beyoncé’s song costs a lot of money and it was also the year of Beyoncé’s Single Ladies taking over the world, meaning it was the most expensive that time. “’How can I take my craft more seriously and protect myself?’”. [36], The song received critical acclaim. ", "Beyonce's Very Different New Videos: One Has Dancing, One Has Relationship Problems", "Beyoncé Releases Two Tracks From I Am ... , Inspired By Jay-Z And Etta James", "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) Dance Remixes", "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) – Dance Remixes – EP", "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) – Dance Remixes", "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) [Single]", "Album Review: Beyonce I Am... Sasha Fierce", "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) Sheet Music", "First listen: Beyonce's Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)", "The Decade In Music: Beyonce's 'Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)' (2009)", "Music Video Round-Up: Beyonce, The Sea & Cake, & Glen Campbell", "Snap Judgment: Beyoncé's 'If I Were a Boy' and 'Single Ladies, "Beyoncé, Lady Gaga Or Shakira: Who Has The Best Dance Video? [197] In her short-lived Broadway revue "All About Me" in March 2010, Dame Edna Everage performed a version of the song with backup dancers Gregory Butler and Jon-Paul Mateo. [30] An electronic swoop tugs in continuously until the song ends. [160][161] In May 2012, Beyoncé performed the song during her Revel Presents: Beyoncé Live revue at Revel Atlantic City, a hotel. [185] A television advert for the South African cellular service Vodacom, used the song as a backdrop to an actor who was humorously mimicking Beyoncé's dancing, the advert quickly went viral and spawed several different variations. [106] In Australia, the single attained a high point of number five on the ARIA Singles Chart,[107] and received a five-times platinum certification from the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) for sales of over 350,000 copies. [49] Ann Powers of the Los Angeles Times was also impressed with the overall production of the song, specifically the chorus, adding "More than most female singers, Beyoncé understands the funky art of singing rhythmically, and this is a prime example. [191] A mash-up video of the theme of "Single Ladies" and The Andy Griffith Show circulated on the Internet in early 2010. The song was subsequently included on Beyoncé's live albums I Am... Yours: An Intimate Performance at Wynn Las Vegas (2009)[156] and I Am... World Tour (2010). ", "I Am...Sasha Fierce (Platinum Edition) (Incl. [39][44] She reclaims her right to flirt, have fun, and find a lover who is more devoted than the previous one. Music wrote that the video of "Single Ladies" was the top music-related viral hit of 2009. [117][118] "Mexican Breakfast" had become an Internet viral sensation the previous summer after Unk's "Walk It Out" was dubbed over the original mix. [29] Andy Kellman of Allmusic and Jessica Suarez of Paste magazine noted the song as one of the standouts from I Am... Sasha Fierce, and saw similarities to "Get Me Bodied". It's all about the leotard. [8] The singles debuted on US radio on October 8, 2008;[9] "Single Ladies" did so on mainstream urban New York radio station Power 105.1. [150] She delivered a performance of "Single Ladies" with two male dancers on The Tyra Banks Show on January 9, 2009. [40], Beyoncé wanted a simple music video; it was filmed with minimal alternative camera shots and cuts, and no changes to hairstyles, costumes and sets. [178] Time magazine's critic Dan Fletcher ranked it as the fourth best viral video of 2009 and wrote, "Young children love songs with good rhythm and repetition, and 'Single Ladies' certainly has both. [189][190] In the United Kingdom, the video for "Single Ladies" was used for a 2009 television commercial for the new Doner kebab flavored Pot Noodle. 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Yours: An Intimate Performance at Wynn Las Vegas, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, List of best-selling singles in the United States, List of number-one R&B singles of 2008 (U.S.), List of number-one R&B singles of 2009 (U.S.), List of singles which have spent the most weeks on the UK Singles Chart, International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, "Inside Story: The Making of Beyoncé's 'Single Ladies, "Beyoncé and Jay-Z File Signed Marriage License", "Britney? [176] In other media, issue 33 of comic book series The Brave and the Bold features a scene in which Wonder Woman, Zatanna, and Barbara Gordon sing a karaoke version of the song while at a club. However, the main intention is to attract the viewers' attention toward their hands and ring fingers as they do the hand-twirl move. Songs: Chris Brown's Comeback", "Canadian single certifications – Beyonce – Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)", "Official Charts Flashback 2008: Beyoncé – If I Were A Boy", "Beyoncé – Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)", "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2013 Singles",, "Beyoncé's VMA-Nominated 'Single Ladies' Video Began As An Afterthought", "My 5 Favorite Moments In Britney's New 'If U Seek Amy' Video", "Beyoncé to Release Above and Beyoncé – Video Collection & Dance Mixes! [81] The video has also received many nominations: Best Video in the 2009 Popjustice Readers Polls (placed 4th);[132] nine (including the three that it won) in the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards;[126] Best International Artist Video at the 2009 MuchMusic Video Awards[133] (losing to Lady Gaga's "Poker Face"[134]); Outstanding Music Video at the 2009 NAACP Image Awards;[79] and two at the 2009 MTV Australia Awards for Best Video and Best Moves. For 'Single Ladies' Spoof", "Beyoncé lookalikes unwrapped in London", "Beyoncé 'Single Ladies' Remakes Still Coming In", "All the Single Babies: Why Do Tots Love Beyoncé? Beyoncé Single Ladies Official Video Song. [33] Stewart and Harrell said in an interview given to People magazine that the similar rhythm of the two songs is "what Beyoncé responds to". ", "Is one of the ladies in Beyonce's 'Single Ladies' video actually a man? We’re getting used and abused.”, RELATED: Beyoncé’s Daughter Blue Ivy Was ‘Jamming’ to J Balvin’s Song ‘Mi Gente’ Before They Made the Remix, This past summer, Knight did something that no other choreographer before him has done: secure a copyright for a dance that he created. She first wore the roboglove on the red carpet at the MTV Europe Music Awards on November 8, 2008. [42] Accompanied by robotic-like sounds, the opening lines of the song are call and response;[43] Beyoncé chants, "All the single ladies", and background singers echo the line each time. Search, watch, and cook every single Tasty recipe and video ever - all in one place! [31][122], In the video for "Single Ladies", emphasis is laid on Beyoncé's more aggressive and sensual side, her alter ego Sasha Fierce. [210] On October 18, 2011, Young Men Society sang "Single Ladies" on the third series of The X Factor Australia,[211] and on June 30, 2014, Holly Tapp sang the song on the third series of The Voice Australia. That’s where Dream got that concept from.” “I thought it was a subject that most women wanted to talk about because most of us men are scared a… [3] The dance routine incorporates many styles, including jazz, tap, and hip hop, and is credited with popularizing J-Setting, a flamboyant lead and follow dance style prominent in many African American gay clubs across Atlanta and used by the all-female Prancing J-Settes dance troupe of Jackson State University. He noticed that while producers such as Mike WiLL Made-It continued to make “millions” off Beyoncé’s 2016 hit “Formation” (which Knight choreographed), he wasn’t receiving the same respect and compensation that he felt he deserved. The other song that was a part of the dual-release was Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It). Dance instructor Michelle Hillier of fit2dance breaks down six dance moves that can be found in Beyoncé's popular hit "Single Ladies". [182] In the music video for "Dancin on Me" by DJ Webstar and Jim Jones, three females are featured in the background, imitating the "Single Ladies" dance. See … It's all about the fierceness. [114] "Single Ladies" was choreographed by Frank Gatson Jr. and JaQuel Knight,[3] and incorporates J-Setting choreography. [164] Rebecca Thomas of MTV News wrote that Beyoncé's dancing during "Single Ladies" reflected the female empowerment theme of the song. ", "Beyonce And Lady Gaga Lead 2009 MTV VMA Nominees", "Living on in video – Music clip installation series looks behind the camera", "Beyonce wows in racy red costume at MTV Europe Music Awards", "Nickelback, Danny Fernandes Lead 2009 MMVA Nominations", "List of nominees for the 2009 MTV Awards", "BET Unveils the Best 100 Music Videos of 2009 – Notarized", "Beyonce Knowles video 'best of the decade, "The 10 Best '00s Music Videos: Poll Results", "2013 Super Bowl Countdown: Beyoncé's Top 10 Music Videos Ever! [174] In London, one hundred dancers wearing leotards similar to the one worn by Beyoncé performed the choreography on April 20, 2009, to promote Trident Unwrapped gum. [177] A video showing Cory Elliott, a baby boy from New Zealand, performing the dance while watching Beyoncé on television, gained significant coverage from several media outlets. [120] In 2013, John Boone and Jennifer Cady of E! Singers and bands of various genres have covered the song in their own style. [87] The following week "Single Ladies" climbed to number one on the Hot 100 chart, selling 228,000 downloads, and became Beyoncé's fifth solo single to top the chart. Billboard Hot 100 chart. [78] The song was nominated in the Best Song category at the 2009 NAACP Image Awards[79] and in the English-language "Record of the Year" category at the 2009 Premios Oye! [199] Pomplamoose, an American indie music duo consisting of Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn, recorded a cover of "Single Ladies" on video, which makes use of split screens to show Dawn on vocals and Conte playing the instruments. [6] The song was released simultaneously with "If I Were a Boy"; as lead singles, they were meant to demonstrate the concept of the dueling personalities of the singer. Choreography has been an integral part of pop music for decades, dating back to … [77] The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) recognized "Single Ladies" as one of the most performed songs of 2009 at the 27th ASCAP Pop Music Awards. 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Globally, it was 2009's seventh best-selling digital single with 6.1 million copies sold[1] thus becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time. It won several awards, including the Video of the Year at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. [92] "Single Ladies" topped the Pop Songs[93] and the Hot Dance Club Play charts,[94] and reached number two on the Pop 100 chart. [201], During a concert at New York's Madison Square Garden, Prince performed a mash-up of his 1984 songs "Pop Life" and "I Would Die 4 U", incorporating a sample of "Single Ladies". [35] Liss commented that the beat of the "Single Ladies" evokes African gumboot dancing and schoolyard Double Dutch chants,[28] a view shared by Douglas Wolf of Time magazine. 1 hit on Billboard as of the time of this writing. [212], Credits adapted from I Am... Sasha Fierce album liner notes. [171] The winning video was included in her live album, I Am... World Tour. The six moves are the following: the spank, the pump walk, hip shake, wind down, pussy cat crouch, & put a ring on it. [32], "Single Ladies" is musically similar to Beyoncé's 2007 single "Get Me Bodied"; Andy Kellman of Allmusic called it a "dire throwback" to the song. [113] Both videos were shot in black-and-white in New York City and were directed by Jake Nava,[113] with whom Beyoncé had worked on previous music videos including "Crazy in Love" and "Beautiful Liar". It was produced by Party Ben at the end of 2008. [176] His video lead to a meet and greet with Beyoncé and eventually, an opportunity to join her on stage at a show stop in Atlanta during her I Am... World Tour. Online placed the video at number one on their list of Beyoncé's ten best music videos writing, "[It has] All of the sex appeal. [95] The song has been certified quadruple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of over 4,000,000 copies. [103] On August 7, 2020, "Single Ladies" was certified double-platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for sales of over 1,200,000 copies. Can you name the lyrics to Beyoncé's 'Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)'? Who Is MTV News' Woman Of The Year? [36] Sasha Frere-Jones of The New Yorker wrote that the song combines a jumble of feelings and sounds that "don't resolve but also never become tiring". [10] Both singles were added to rhythmic contemporary radio playlists on October 12, 2008;[11] "Single Ladies" was sent to urban contemporary playlists the same day,[12] while "If I Were a Boy" was instead classified for contemporary hit radio. [192] In July 2010, the line "Put a Ring on It" was used by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS as the tagline for a female condom public awareness campaign in the US. [74] It also won the awards for Favorite Song at the 2009 Kids' Choice Awards,[75] Song of the Year at the 2009 Soul Train Music Awards,[76] and Best R&B Song at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards. Choreography has been an integral part of pop music for decades, dating back to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video and beyond. How The Church Of England Bought Into Beyonce’s All The Single Ladies And Justin Timberlake’s Sexyback. [7][22][23][24][25] While the first measure is in 34, it is set in common time 44 except for a change to 34 for one measure before the final chorus. Single Ladies was inescapable at the time of its release, and Beyoncé promoted through a slew of performances after its release.Beyoncé wouldn't have a No. The arm and leg movements remain iconic to this day, and any pop music fan can recognize the moves from the routine. [65] Jody Rosen of The New Yorker credited the melodies that float and dart over the thump for creating a new sound in music that didn't exist in the world before Beyoncé. The album as a whole generated several hits, including the assertive “ Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” and it contributed to Beyoncé’s dominance of the 2010 Grammy Awards. "[113] The video generated interest in J-Setting, the dance form that choreographer JaQuel Knight highlights in the video, and Beyoncé is credited with bringing the dance style to the mainstream. Media usage has included placement in popular television shows. “When we went into the studio she didn’t have a ring on or anything, because at that point they were still really hiding it. [100], "Single Ladies" was nominated for nine awards at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, ultimately winning three including Video of the Year. [41] Daniel Brockman of The Phoenix complimented the song's use of the word "it", and wrote that the technique "sums up her divided musical persona far more effectively than the [album's] two-disc split-personality gimmick. Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” is a song from American singer Beyoncé’s third studio album, I Am… Sasha Fierce (2008). Awards. [48] Alexis Petridis of The Guardian commended the threatening atmosphere that "Single Ladies" creates by using minor chords. Beyoncé's 'Single Ladies' choreographer, JaQuel Knight, has obtained a copyright registration for the famous dance routine. Throughout the video the women click their heels and shake their hips and legs. Knight has also choreographed for the likes of Tinashe, Pharrell Williams (for N.E.R.D.’s 2017 song “Lemon”), and Zara Larsson. "[34] Fraser McAlpine of BBC Online considered "Single Ladies" to be the best song Beyoncé has attempted since "Ring the Alarm" (2006) and complimented the former's refrain, describing it as "so amazingly catchy that it provides a surprisingly solid foundation for the entire song". [194] In October 2009, it was released on Radio 1's Live Lounge – Volume 4, a compilation of Live Lounge recordings. "Single Ladies" has been used in various media including television shows, commercials and books. “It was the only public statement that they ever made about marriage,” says the song’s producer Christopher “Tricky” Stewart. "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" was written by Beyoncé, Terius "The-Dream" Nash, Thaddis "Kuk" Harrell, and Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, and was produced by Nash and Stewart. [22][40][41] She displays much attitude in her voice, as stated by Nick Levine of Digital Spy. [3] Beyoncé's marriage inspired Nash to compose a song about an issue that affected many people's relationships: the fear or unwillingness of men to commit. "[178] However, when a video of seven-year-old girls performing choreography from "Single Ladies" at a dance competition in Los Angeles went viral on YouTube, it created a controversy and sparked outrage from many viewers, who felt the girls were sexualized by the suggestive dance moves.[179]. [96] It passed the 5 million sales mark in October 2012. [50] Joey Guerra of the Houston Chronicle wrote that it is a "hip-shaking club" song similar to "Check on It". British band Marmaduke Duke performed a cover version in April 2009 on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge show. Nash conceptualized "Single Ladies" after Beyoncé's secret marriage to hip hop recording artist Jay-Z in April 2008. [97], "Single Ladies" debuted at number 81 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart for the week ending November 29, 2008. [26] J. It's like the most urban choreography, mixed with Fosse—very modern and very vintage. [159] Backed by her all-female band and her backing singers The Mamas, Beyoncé performed "Single Ladies" in front of 3,500 people during the 4 Intimate Nights with Beyoncé revue at the Roseland Ballroom in New York, in August 2011. [27] Describing the song as a "winning high-stepping" one, Adam Mazmanian of The Washington Times wrote that "Single Ladies" is designed to get the women out on the dance floor as Beyoncé sings it with "a genuinely defiant, independent voice". [121] The video shoot took around twelve hours. [30] It has been credited with starting the "first major dance craze of both the new millennium and the Internet",[37] triggering a number of parodies of the dance choreography. Beyoncé has performed "Single Ladies" on television and during her concert tours. [38] Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine criticized its lyrical inconsistencies, suggesting it is a "leftover" from B'Day. “Moments where I remind myself of my grandmothers, of talent shows with my cousins, marching band, everything I’ve done wrapped into one.”, Beyoncé’s Daughter Blue Ivy Was ‘Jamming’ to J Balvin’s Song ‘Mi Gente’ Before They Made the Remix. [26] It makes use of staccato bounce-based hand claps,[27][28] Morse code beeps,[25] an ascending whistle in the background,[29] and a punchy organic beat. The song and particularly its music video have been widely parodied and imitated. Full of zest, Ross tried to mimick Beyoncé's "Single Ladies" moves and failed hilariously in the process. Beyoncé's vocals range from the note of F♯3 to D5. It explores men's unwillingness to propose or commit. [107][111] "Single Ladies" was 2009's seventh best-selling digital single with 6.1 million units sold worldwide,[1] and is one of the best-selling singles of all-time. Beyoncé recorded the song in May 2008 at the Boom Boom Room Studio in Burbank, California, and it was mixed by Jaycen Joshua and Dave Pensado, with assistance from Randy Urbanski and Andrew Wuepper. [59] On The Village Voice's year-end Pazz & Jop singles list, "Single Ladies" was ranked at numbers three and forty one in 2008 and 2009 respectively. [16] Dance remixes of the song were made available in the US on February 10, 2009,[17] and in Europe on February 16, 2009. "[140] The music video was certified platinum by CRIA for shipment of sales 10,000 units. [48] When she chants the chorus for the third and final time, her vocals are omnipresent within layers of music, as described by Frannie Kelley of NPR. His most recent work to go viral is the raunchy routine for “WAP” by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion. [29] He concluded that "Single Ladies" was generally jubilant and that Beyoncé's vocals were pure and glimmering. Several notable artists have performed cover versions. Club wrote that the song is "fabulous, with glowing production, a humongous hook, and beats for weeks". Fends Off Beyonce, Remains Atop Hot 100", "Chart Beat Thursday: Rihanna, Ludacris, Timbaland", "Search Results – Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) – Beyonce", "Week Ending Oct. 28, 2012. [39], In "Single Ladies", Beyoncé emphasizes her aggressive and sensual alter ego Sasha Fierce. [24] Some critics were unimpressed by "Single Ladies". ", "Young Girls' 'Single Ladies' Dance Sparks Controversy on Internet", "Watch President Barack Obama Do The 'Single Ladies' Dance", "Ex-WSU student, Dayton dancer hits big with Obama impersonation", "Hey, Tom Hanks, keep on singing Beyonce's 'Single Ladies'! The song charted among the top ten within the singles category in several other countries. [172] She was initially reluctant to participate in the segment but agreed to after a visit from Timberlake in her dressing room. [26] It has a chord progression of E in the verses, and Bdim–C–Bdim–Am in the chorus. QUEENS! [60][61] Additionally, the Maurice Joshua Club Mix of the song was ranked at number 443 on the 2008 list. One of Beyoncé’s songs titled Single Ladies has an elaborate story to it. [204] Sara Bareilles covered the song as part of Billboard's "Mashup Mondays" and performed it as part of her set list on the 2010 Lilith Fair Tour. [The dancers] had a plain background and it was shot on the crane; it was 360 degrees, they could move around. Blue has made several public appearances with her parents, including at red carpet events and glitzy award ceremonies. Beyoncé is a doting mum to Blue and twins Rumi and Sir. [122] Many performances of the song were filmed without interruption, and edited together to give the impression that the final video was filmed in a single take. Applause for the attempt, though. In 2009, Beyoncé got crowds every moving with her “Single Ladies” dance. [40] The videos were released to other media outlets on the same date and subsequently included on Beyoncé's remix album with videography, Above and Beyoncé,[115] and the platinum edition of I Am... Sasha Fierce.[116]. [85] The song became Beyoncé's fifth solo single to top the Hot Digital Songs chart. [162][163] Ben Ratliff of The New York Times mentioned "Single Ladies" in the "almost continuous high point" of the concert. [52], Rolling Stone named "Single Ladies" the best song of 2008, and wrote, "The beat ... is irresistible and exuberant, the vocal hook is stormy and virtuosic. Are you ready to feel old? [155] "Single Ladies" was included on the set lists of Beyoncé's I Am... Yours concerts and her I Am... World Tour. [157], "Single Ladies" was first parodied in the November 15, 2008, episode of SNL, which featured Beyoncé. [120][125], The video features Beyoncé and her two companions dancing inside an infinity cove, which alternates between black and white and places the focus on the complex choreography. The Countdown Begins Today! [3] The day the video was shot, the song was divided into three parts. Wait a second, those royalties are going to whom? [19] Echoing Levine's sentiments, Liss wrote that Beyoncé sounds "gleefully sassy". “We’re left to the life of Instagram posts and Twitter to prove we did the work, which is sad. ", "Beyonce's 'Single Ladies' Used by Church Choir for Recruitment Drive", "Psy dances to Beyoncé's 'Single Ladies' during concert – video", "Khloé, Kim, & Kourtney Kardashian as Beyoncé's Single Ladies", "Ow, My Brain! [47], In the second verse, Beyoncé tells her ex-lover that, as he did not attempt to make things more permanent when he had the chance, he has no reason to complain now that she has found someone else. [201] They chose "Single Ladies" as they believed that it would help them grow their audience. [113][120] The styling was inspired by a Vogue photo shoot. Of course, it was “Single Ladies.”. by ... "Single Ladies… [204] Describing it as his "most R&B work to date",[204] Turnage told Tim Rutherford-Johnson of The Guardian that he was motivated to put the "Single Ladies" reference in his work by his young son, a fan of the song. [So have] recreation centre dance classes, sorority sisters in their dorm rooms, suburban teenagers in their basements and high school cheerleaders. [135] The video was ranked at number four on BET's Notarized: Top 100 Videos of 2008 countdown,[136] and at number three on VH1's Top 40 Videos of 2009. [19] On February 16, 2009, it was released as a CD single, and the dance remixes became available as a digital download. [48] On the bridge, she affirms that she wants her new love interest "to make like a prince and grab her, delivering her to 'a destiny, to infinity and beyond'" while "Prince Charming is left standing there like the second lead in a romantic comedy". [176] Many videos featuring babies of different ages, imitating the dance choreography of "Single Ladies", have been uploaded on YouTube. The glove consists of several pieces, including a ring and a separate component that covers Beyoncé's upper arm. "[126] Nava also expressed his surprise at the positive reception of the video, and attributed its success to the video's understated, less-is-more approach. [34][37] Critics have compared the song to Aretha Franklin's "Respect" and Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive", prompted by their lyrics, which all promote female empowerment. [166] The song was added to the set list of her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour (2013). [55] "Single Ladies" was placed at number two on MTV News' list of The Best Songs of 2008; James Montgomery called it "hyperactive and supercharged in ways I never thought possible. [147] "Single Ladies" was also performed by Beyoncé on November 18, 2008, on 106 & Park,[148] on November 25, 2008, on The Ellen DeGeneres Show[149] and on November 26, 2008, at Rockefeller Plaza on The Today Show. ... Let's See If Your Personality Matches Lizzo's Or Beyoncé’s. It shows her in an asymmetrical leotard and high-heels, with two backup dancers, Ebony Williams[123] and Ashley Everett. “‘Single Ladies’ for me is like a walkthrough of my childhood,” Knight said of his beloved routine that started it all. [51] The Observer's Adam Mattera saw "Single Ladies" and "Diva" as potential sources of inspiration for drag queens, although they may leave others confused.