Before performing her new single, Beyonce was named this year's Billboard Millennium Artist and honored with video featuring praises from Bono, First Lady Michelle Obama and Lady Gaga, among others. Yet she performed the first half of her "Run the World (Girls)" without any assists unless one counts the dozens of digitized Beyonces who surrounded her. Outfitted with worldly samples and militaristic beats, "Run the World" sees Beyonce getting close to M.I.A. territory, but this isn't divisive dance-pop activism. "Who run this mutha?" Beyonce screamed, and then answered herself by shouting "girls!" That's a motto that should work in red and blue states.
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