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Beyonce Knowles, Marie Claire Cover

Marie Claire

Beyoncé's on the June cover of Marie Claire being her sparkly Sasha Fierce self, but on the inside story B's hardworking, vulnerable and crying. Quite the metaphor.

So what's Beyoncé got to cry about anyway? Singing "At Last" for the Obamas' first dance as president and first lady. She tells the magazine how nervous she was before going onstage and rocking it:

"I had to tell myself, 'They asked you to do this. You have to do a great job. This is their history. Calm down. Calm down.' I barely made it. Literally seconds before the song started, I was crying like a 5-year-old."

We all know she made it through that performance just fine—it was everyone else she had crying by the end (well, except Etta James).

That moment was just one more she can add to her fierce time capsule: "Fifteen years from now, I want to be able to look back and say, 'Wow. That's where I was at 27. That was my best.' "

She also has some awesome acrylic nails she can add to that time capsule. They spell out J-A-Y. As in Jay-Z, you know, the husband. "They're just reminders," she tells the magazine. "Of happiness. They just make me smile when I'm working."

That would be the adorable side of B.


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