As the artist and cultural icon turns 40, actors, singers, athletes, and politicians demonstrated their love for and celebrate the impact of Beyoncé.
In a four-minute video published by Harper’s Bazaar, Oprah Winfrey, first lady Jill Biden, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, actors Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, Mindy Kaling, Maya Rudolph, Issa Rae, Laverne Cox, singers Billie Ellish, Taylor Swift, Stevie Wonder, Chris Martin, professional athlete Allyson Felix and even Miss Piggy shared their best wishes in a series of cute clips for the singer/actress/fashionista as she enters her next decade.
In addition to a slew of standard happy birthday messages, some shared their favorite Beyoncé song while others emphasized the impact the celebrity’s had over the years.
Former Saturday Night Live cast member and actress Maya Rudolph stated: “The world is a better place with you in it.”
Taylor Swift acknowledged Beyoncé for paving “the road that every female artist is walking down now.” “Then the fact that you’ve done so with such kindness and such grace, I just to say I admire you as like there’s just not a word for it.”
Promising Young Woman and Orange Is the New Black star, Laverne Cox stated: “You’ve given me and so many others permission to be free to embrace all that we are,” said “You’ve given us a blueprint for excellence: that when we think you can’t surpass yourself, you do.”
Emmy-winning actress Kerry Washington added: “You are such a gift to this world.” “Thank you for being an inspiration to me, to my kids, to brown skin girls all over the world, to non-brown skin girls all over the world.”
Felix, the U.S. track star who recently set a new medal-winning record during the Tokyo Olympics, called the singer “an endless inspiration, every time I step on the tracks,” while Witherspoon called her “an incredible force of nature of art, of light, of beauty in this world.”
The Muppet’s Miss Piggy, Issa Rae, and others offered more comedic spins with: “B! Happy Birthday! And so happy to see you on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar after I turned it down.”
The video birthday tribute follows Queen B’s much talked about September cover of Harper’s Bazaar, in which she opened up about turning 40, what she wants for her next decade, and the early pressures she faced as a young Black performer working to “dismantle systemic imbalances.”