Beyoncé’s Rare Candid Interview
Marc Gordon - January 1, 2020

Happiest Days

By Edward H. Donnelly

I said to the little children,
"You are living your happiest days,"
And their bright eyes opened wider In innocent amaze.
For their happiness was so perfect,
They did not know it then;
"Oh, no," they said, "there'll be happier days
When we are women and men."

I said to the youth and maiden,
"You are living your happiest days,"
And into their sparkling eyes there crept
A dreamy, far-off gaze;
And their hands sought one another,
And their cheeks flushed rosy red;
" Oh, no," they said, " there'll be happier days
For us when we are wed."

I said to the man and woman,
"You are living your happiest days,"
As they laughingly watched together
Their baby's cunning ways.
"These days are days of labor.
They can hardly be our best;
There'll be happier days when the children are grown,
And we have earned our rest."

I said to the aged couple,
"You are living your happiest days,"
Your children do you honor,
You have won success and praise.
" With a peaceful look they answered,
"God is good to us, that's true: But we think there are happier days for us
In the life we're going to."

Beyoncé sat with Elle for a rare interview where fans were allowed to write in questions for Queen B. One fan asked Beyoncé about notable award snubs in the past and her answer was surprisingly open.


“I connected with Lemonade and I almost passed out when I saw Homecoming,” the fan wrote. “What’s up with the people who give out awards? Were you disappointed not winning?”


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In case you don’t remember, there was a lot of outrage in 2017 when Lemonade didn’t win Album of the Year at the Grammys. Adele took home the award and during her acceptance speech questioned why Beyoncé didn’t win.



Then just this year Beyoncé’s Homecoming was nominated for five Emmys and lost in every category. During her interview with Elle, Beyoncé shrugged off the snubs and explained the personal reason why awards don’t mean that much to her anymore.


“I began to search for deeper meaning when life began to teach me lessons I didn’t know I needed,” she said. “Success looks different to me now. I learned that all pain and loss is in fact a gift.”


“Being ‘number one’ was no longer my priority,” she said. “My true win is creating art and a legacy that will live far beyond me,” she concluded. “That’s fulfilling.”


And, as Beyoncé explains it, going through serious struggles in her personal life put the pettier stuff like awards into perspective. Of course, spoken like a true queen.