"She's gone beyond being a popular singer, even beyond being a pop-cultural icon ... Right now, she is the heir-apparent diva of the USA, the reigning national voice."
From granting Oprah an exclusive OWN interview to supporting President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, Beyonce's proven her influence extends well beyond her voice by making friends in high places.
In return, Obama called the singer "a role model for his daughters" at an election fundraiser hosted by the power couple and she performed the national anthem at his second inauguration.
While stellar performances and lucrative endorsement deals far from guarantee a star's long-term future in the fickle world of entertainment, one thing is for certain --Beyonce has proven she is a survivor.