Days before Beyoncé officially released Renaissance, singer Kelis voiced her grievances over her 2003 song, "Milkshake," being sampled in Beyoncé's song, "Energy." After Kelis addressed the matter in a series of videos online, Beyhive members came to the singer's defense on both Instagram and Twitter. Rolling Stone has since reported that the controversial sampling has been removed from some music streaming services.
After the singer's team confirmed she removed a word from Renaissance over ableist concerns, Monica Lewinsky entered the chat with her own request. Mentioning the singer's 2013 single, "Partition," the 49-year-old asked to have a racy lyric amended "while we're at it" that included her name, in reference to the Bill Clinton scandal. While Monica received support from other users online, her comment faced backlash from others.
Songwriter Diane Warren found herself on defense mode after she appeared to call out Beyonce's latest album. Each single included on Renaissance has a host of credits like "Alien Superstar," which features a list of over 20 writers.
In early August, she tweeted, "How can there be 24 writers on a song?" Which did not sit well with the Beyhive to say the least. In the wake of criticism, hours later, Diane followed up with a public apology, saying she meant "no disrespect."
Don't get too close to Beyoncé, now! When Omari Hardwick kissed the singer not once but twice on the cheek at the 2019 NAACP Image Awards, many fans thought the actor acted inappropriately. Fans targeted Omari on his Instagram page by unleashing a swarm of bee emoji's and various memes. When the controversy first began, Omari's rep could not be reached for comment.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, the "Cowboy" rocker threw some shade at the "Crazy in Love" singer. "Beyoncé, to me, doesn't have a f--king 'Purple Rain,' but she's the biggest thing on Earth," he told the publication. "How can you be that big without at least one 'Sweet Home Alabama' or 'Old Time Rock & Roll'? People are like, 'Beyoncé's hot. Got a nice f--king ass.' I'm like, 'Cool, I like skinny white chicks with big t-ts.' Doesn't really f--king do much for me." The Beyhive heard the comments and began flooding Kid Rock's social media pages with the bee emoji. Don't mess!
Soon after Lemonade came out, fans had one big question they desperately wanted answered: Who is Becky with the good hair? For many, they thought Rachel Roy was the subject of the special lyrics after she posted a cryptic Instagram with the caption, "Good hair don't care." The Beyhive called her out forcing Rachel to cancel appearances and speak out against bullying. "I respect love, marriages, families and strength," she wrote. "What shouldn't be tolerated by anyone, no matter what, is bullying, of any kind."
Back in July 2017, the Beyhive started buzzing with outrage after a tweet of an alleged Madame Tussauds wax figure of Beyoncé went viral. Fans sounded off online so much that Madame Tussauds released a statement over the controversy. "Our talented team of sculptors takes every effort to ensure we accurately color match all of our wax figures to the celebrity being depicted," the statement read. "Lighting within the attraction combined with flash photography may distort and misrepresent the color of our wax figures."
Never one to shy away from her true thoughts, Wendy Williams got into some trouble when she discussed the singer's project for Life Is But a Dream. "I am a Beyoncé fan. I'm going to be watching this documentary—because fortunately one of the TVs in our kitchen has closed captioning, so I'll be able to understand what she says," Wendy explained. "You know Beyoncé can't talk. Beyoncé sounds like she has a fifth-grade education. She can't talk."
Back in February 2015, the Internet got into a frenzy after alleged untouched photos of Beyoncé from a 2013 campaign made the rounds. While the beauty brand wasn't commenting on the legitimacy of the pictures, it didn't stop the Beyhive from expressing how upset they were about the alleged leaks.