So much so that every now and again we – that is me, Hannah, features editor, and Alice, content director – hold an in-office Bey Day. Pick a Friday, pick some Beyoncé videos. Every hour, gather round to watch and generally bow down, bitches.
With Queen Bee on our cover, its time to take it public. So join us today for #BeyDayELLE.
5pm: I Was Here Live At Roseland
Hannah: Alice, I can't.
Alice: *open weeping*
Hannah: It's just too much.
Alice: Sometimes at home I drink some red wine and watch this and just feel some feelings.
Hannah: ALL the feelings.
Alice: *still weeping*
Hannah: Isn't it amazing that everyone wants to leave their mark on the world but Beyoncé truly has and is and will be 'here' forever?
Alice: She just wants to bring someone some happiness, Hannah!
Hannah: If only she knew.
Hannah: I know, I know. Not the best song in the world but I feel like we need to give due credit for those moves and the brilliant originality of the video.
Alice: Totally fair. Continue.
Hannah: Who else on the planet can make something that has obviously been so carefully managed and cultivated look so candid and natural? No one, that's who.
Alice: It's kind of bonkers. I just like looking at her though because she's so pretty and has awesome legs. Also it seems like she is really having fun which bodes well for when we hang out with her.
Can't believe we're here already but the concluding 5pm post is imminent. Stay tuned for an emtional finalé.
3pm: Flawless vs Formation
Alice: Are you sitting down, Hannah? I'm about to rock your world.
Hannah: Do it.
Alice: I think I prefer Flawless to Formation.
Alice: I know I almost don't believe I'm saying it.
Hannah: Explain yourself.
Alice: One, it's a meme-machine: 'Bow down, bitches', 'I woke up like this', 'Flawless' (obvs). All straight into the Oxford Dictionary Of Quotations if it was up to me. Two, the Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie excerpt on feminism right in the middle of the song. It's a big deal. Three, I just love the way she looks like she could not give less of a f**k if you like her or not. The whole thing just says P.O.W.E.R. to me.
Hannah: I see what you're saying. But if we're trying to out-meme each other, I've just won. 'I slay, ok', 'I'm so reckless when I rock my Givenchy dress', 'I got hot sauce in my bag, swag'. Need I go on?
Alice: Please do.
Hannah: Formation is just so multi-layered. Important social commentary jam-packed with references with so many insanely brilliant costume changes. Flawless is just a plaid shirt and a pair of denim shorts. Snore. Plus you have to consider how the single dropped. Saturday night before the most highly anticipated Superbowl performance of all time. That shit is off the charts amazing. As Beyoncé says herself, 'You know you that bitch when you cause all this conversation.'
Alice: She actually got that line from me.
Come back at 4pm to find out if Hannah and Alice can make friends...
2pm: At Last performed for Barack and Michelle Obama's 2009 Inaugural Ball
Hannah: Can I just begin by saying how much I'm enjoying Beyoncé day?
Alice: Me too. It's my life's ambition fulfilled.
Hannah: Agreed. Ok, back to business. There is just so much to love about this. It's basically joy cubed: Beyoncé x Barack Obama x Michelle Obama.
Alice: A mathematical reference, Hannah. I like it.
Hannah: Thanks. A highlight is how much Bey smiles during her performance. She visibly shakes her head in disbelief a few times. It must really be a dream fulfilled.
Alice: Like us getting to do Beyoncé Day.
Hannah: Exactly. Also Kerry Washington in floods of tears kills me. It really was SUCH a massive moment. One criticism though. I'm sorry to blaspheme but I don't love the dress.
Alice: Me neither. Shades of Gwyneth Paltrow/Oscars. But let’s not get distracted by that. The rest of it is perfect.
Hannah: Agreed. There is also nothing more endearing than the emphatic swaying she does as the song ends. She’s just so goddam happy. *Sigh*
3pm is looming. Don’t be strangers.
1pm: Crazy In Love
Alice: A stone-cold classic for lunchtime.
Hannah: Her first solo single I believe.
Alice: I think so! I remember the kind of collective sigh of relief when it came out: 'Oh, thank god, she's not going to be a disaster.'
Hannah: Still some shades of Destiny's Child though.
Alice: Oh yeah, some very dubious styling decisions going on. And so many weird set-ups: urban wind turbine! Street fire! Sweaty taxi! But listen to those horns: fanfare for the arrival of a queen.
Hannah: Can't argue with that.
Coming up at 2pm: Bey makes history
12pm: Let's Move: New York City
Alice: Ok Hannah, go.
Hannah: This one requires some patience but my god, is it worth the wait.
Alice: I agree. It's unadulterated joy. But how do you feel about the white jeans/white vest combo?
Hannah: I feel good. I mean, no mere mortal could pull it off but this is Beyoncé, innit?
Alice: And can we talk about how much composure those kids have when she arrives? They barely bat an eyelid. I'd be weeping on her shoulder.
Hannah: They're great. I hate them all.
Back at 1pm, Boo
11am: Why Don't You Love Me?
Hannah: Arguably not one of the classic hits. What did you like about this video?
Alice: Um, that she looks freakin' hot in every single frame? Amazing styling. AMAZING make-up.
Hannah: Nail varnish that matches her telephone AND her front door.
Alice: Chanel Nouvelle Vague. I bought a bottle.
Hannah: Of course.
Alice: Other things: the bit where she dusts her Grammys. And how she's a bit rubbish at smoking.
Hannah: And the idea that any man would not love Beyoncé.
Back at 12 noon, you guys...
10am: Run The World at the Billboard Awards 2011
Alice: I remember showing you this for the first time.
Hannah: My mind was blown.
Alice: What's the best thing about it?
Hannah: Her work ethic?
Alice: How many rehearsals must it have taken?! I like when she shouts in the face of Matthew Morrison from Glee. We can all get on board with that.
Hannah: Do you remember when Glee was a thing?
Alice: Not really.
Join us at 11am for more...