Beyonce & Jay Z's "Shining" Lyrics Reference Their Twins & Celebrate Success In All Its Forms — VIDEO
Following Sunday night's 2017 Grammy awards show, Beyoncé, Jay Z, and DJ Khaled gifted fans with a surprise new team-up titled "Shining." The upbeat track nearly mandates a head bob, but Beyoncé and Jay Z's "Shining" lyrics in particular show that it's more than just a radio hit: it's a song about being unabashedly proud. And, let's be real, Bey and Jay have a lot worth celebrating.
Music's strongest power couple spend the bulk of the single rightfully highlighting their accomplishments. Jay Z raps about buying "twin Mercedes," plus his 12 platinum albums and 21 Grammys, while Queen Bey sings about winning since '97, when Destiny's Child first formed:
And you can't knock the pair for bragging. Despite being snubbed in major categories like Record of the Year, Beyoncé took home two more Grammys at the Sunday night ceremony, bringing her golden gramophone count to a total of 22, according to Mic.
Outside of the awards show circuit, her groundbreaking 2016 album, Lemonade, was lauded by critics and fans alike as a revolutionary work of black feminism. Even Adele, who bested her in the Album of the Year category with 25, honored the pop icon in her acceptance speech. But despite the loss, "Shining" shows Bey is still doing just that: shining.
She belts on the hook:
Still, the pair make sure to assert that while they make no apologies for their success, it's not the money or the awards that drive them. As Beyoncé sings in the refrain:
Three of those reasons are their children: 5-year-old daughter Blue Ivy and the twins Beyoncé is currently carrying. Jay Z shouts out his growing family in his verse:
Even though "Shining" makes many references to superficial success, the conclusion is that it means nothing in the long run. Beyoncé and Jay Z know their worth, and they don't need top dollars or trophies to prove it.