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dateline: 30 August 2011

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Beyoncé Reveals Baby Bump

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • to steal the show: to be the one that everyone pays attention to
  • baby bump: pregnant stomach
  • “black carpet”: MTV’s variation of the traditional “red carpet” where celebrities pose for photographs at an event such as an awards show
  • stilettos: shoes with very high heels
  • maternity: the period when a woman is pregnant

Beyoncé Reveals Baby Bump

American pop star BeyoncĂ© at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday when she posed in a red gown and her baby bump on the “black carpet”. As she took to the stage in Los Angeles, BeyoncĂ© asked the crowd to feel the love that was growing inside her. After in stilettos and singing Love on Top, BeyoncĂ© dropped her microphone, unbuttoned her , and began rubbing her pregnant belly. The crowd cheered at the sight of Beyonce’s baby bump, which was covered up with maternity pants. Fellow musicians congratulated her husband Jay-Z who was watching from the first row. The couple has been
for more than three years.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Why was Beyoncé the star of the show at the MTV Video Music Awards?
  2. Where did Beyoncé pose in a red gown?
  3. What was Beyoncé wearing on stage?

Discussion Question: After hearing Beyonce’s news, Spice Girl Melanie Brown posted this to her twitter account: “I love the fact Beyonce just announced she is pregnant, on her own terms…” What does this tweet mean? How do you feel about personal news being shared on twitter and Facebook instead of face-to-face?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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