Kanye West and Beyonce Knowles Carter are two of the most recognized and iconic figures in modern pop culture. Kanye, known for his rap music and outsized personality, and Beyonce, known for her singing and seriously fierce performances, recently feuded over a perceived slight, so we thought it would be fun to compare these two larger-than-life pop icons in this episode of The Infographics Show; Kanye vs. Beyonce.
Kanye and Beyonce have been embroiled in controversy before when, in 2009, Kanye West blew up Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech during the MTV Video Music Awards. Apparently, he felt that Beyonce was the better artist and deserved the award more. The dramatic incident sparked a media circus. For years, we’ve been privy to the endless stream of “I’mma let you finish” memes and jokes.
Kanye’s name actually means ‘the only one’ in Swahili, which seems very fitting considering his perception of himself. Beyonce’s name, on the other hand, is truly one of a kind and original, just like the singer herself. Her name was created as a variation from her mother’s maiden name – Biyence.
Both Kanye and Beyonce are Millennials, with Kanye being born in 1977, and Beyonce a few years later, in 1981. They’ve both made spectacular fortunes, Kanye coming in at $180 million and Beyonce at a whopping $265 million. Kanye, however, recently declared on Twitter that he was over $50 million dollars in debt, but then again, he often makes outlandish statements on Twitter that are barely based in truth.
Kanye West is married to a fellow celebrity, reality TV star Kim Kardashian. After 4 years of marriage, they have 2 children named North and Saint. Beyonce is also married to a celebrity, rapper Jay-Z, and after 9 years of marriage, they have one daughter named Blue Ivy and a set of twins on the way.
Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z have been named the World’s Highest Paid Celebrity Couple a handful of times, the latest being in 2016. Together, they made a staggering $107 million in the span of one year. It has been estimated that Beyonce and Jay-Z have a joint net worth of over $1 billion dollars, while Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have a joint networth of around $250 million.
Kanye and Kim own a $20 million mansion in Hidden Hills, California. The huge property includes eight fireplaces, two spas, two pools, and its own vineyard. Beyonce and Jay-Z, on the other hand, were rumored to be in the process of purchasing a $93 million palace of their own in LA. The property has 10 bedrooms, 20 bathrooms, a private hiking trail, a fitness center, and a movie theater.
In terms of formal education, neither of the two pop stars went very far; both dropped out of school – Kanye from college and Beyonce from high school – in order to pursue their music careers.
While Kanye has brought home an incredible 21 Grammy Awards, Queen B has literally just one-upped him and holds 22 Grammys. Coincidentally, Kanye is tied with Jay Z, Beyonce’s husband, for being the top rap artist with the most Grammy Awards.
Yet, out of a total of 715 award nominations, Beyonce has won 243 awards – giving her a win rate of around 34%, while Kanye has won around 92 awards out of 380 award nominations – giving him a win rate of around 24%. Looks like Kanye just lost the Grammy battle, and the award war.
As a solo artist, Beyonce has released 6 studio albums and sold over 100 million records worldwide, while Kanye has released 7 studio albums and sold 21 million albums worldwide. It is no doubt that Beyonce is truly in a league of her own; with her latest album Lemonade, she became the first person to have six number one albums in a row in the United States.
Aside from rapping, Kanye is also known for his up and coming role in the fashion industry. His latest hit has been a collaboration with Adidas and the release of Yeezy, which covers both a clothing and shoe line. Beyonce is no stranger to the fashion industry either. Her latest project, a line of sportswear, was developed with UK retailer Topshop and launched in 2016.
As of this year, Beyonce has 14.9 million followers on Twitter, while Kanye West hasalmost twice that amount (27.1 million). To be fair – it bears mentioning that Kanye has 991 tweets to date, while Beyonce has a grand total of 9. If Beyonce spent as much time as Kanye tweeting deep and sometimes cryptic thoughts, maybe she would be able to match Kanye’s vast social media presence.
Last but not least, at the MTV VMAs in 2015, Kanye West announced to the world that he would run to be the next American president in 2020. That puts him at one presidential candidacy announcement, compared to Beyonce, who hasn’t yet announced any presidential ambitions.
Who do you think is the greater pop star, Yeezy or Queen B? Let us know in the comments!