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HBO Documentary Preview: Beyoncé: Life is But a Dream [VIDEO] 


In the music universe, Beyoncé is royalty. It’s hard to keep up with the multiple Grammy winner. She’s in demand and always making headlines. In January 2013, she caused a stir after her performance of the National Anthem at President Obama’s Inauguration. She quickly made the controversy go away when she sang the iconic song for reporters at a SuperBowl press conference. Speaking of the big game, in February, Beyoncé wowed the world with a powerhouse halftime concert that reunited her with her former group, Destiny’s Child. Oh and she just picked up a brand new Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Love on Top.” Plus, along with her hubby Jay-Z, she’s part of one of music’s most mega-licious power couples. 

Now get ready to learn even more about the actress/singer/entrepreneur and mom when a new documentary hits HBO Saturday Feb. 16.  Directed by the superstar herself, the film is a fusion of video that provides raw, unprecedented access to the private entertainment icon and high-voltage performances.

“HBO has a history of pushing every boundary with class and authenticity,” said Beyoncé. “Some of my favorite shows are on HBO, so I am excited that my film will be part of its bold programming. This film was so personal to me, it had to have the right home.”

Synopsis for Beyoncé: Life is But a Dream: The film is a multi-faceted portrait of the 16-time Grammy Award-winning singer, businesswoman, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, wife and mother, showing off the extraordinary gifts that have made her a global phenomenon, and stripping away the veneer of stardom. It includes extensive first-person footage, some of it shot by Beyoncé on her laptop, in which she reflects on the realities of celebrity, the refuge she finds onstage and the transcendent joy of becoming a mother last year.

The film sheds light on her childhood in Houston, with home movies revealing the close bond she built with her family and charts the challenges Beyoncé felt when she decided to manage her career and build her own company, Parkwood Entertainment. It also captures the intense physical and emotional demands she goes through in the studio, preparing for live performances, running a business and her family life, including her return to the spotlight after the birth of her daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, in January 2012. Beyoncé also serves as the film’s executive producer.

Beyoncé: Life is But a Dream premieres exclusively on HBO Saturday Feb. 16 @ 9/8c.

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