Beyonce took home the American Music Awards International Artist Award November 18 and became the first female artist in history to receive the honor.

This puts her in league with the only five artists who have previously received the International Artist Award: Elton John, Michael Jackson, Led Zeppelin, Rod Stewart and Aerosmith.

Usher presented the award saying, “With gifts as big and generous as nature, a voice that touches the heart of everyone who hears it, a smile that can light up a stadium, she is something rare and special. In a world of divas and superstars, there is only one Beyonce.”

Columbia Records has just released The Beyonce Experience Live, a deluxe DVD capturing all the visual thrills and musical excitement of the singer’s world concert tour, The Beyonce Experience.

Recorded on September 2 during Beyonce’s SRO performance at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, The Beyonce Experience LIVE! DVD contains Beyonce’s full concert performance — more than 2 hours of music. It also includes performances by special guest artist Jay-Z as well as that evening’s reunion of Beyonce with Destiny’s Child.

Beyonce launched her 2007 world tour in Tokyo on April 10 following the release of her latest chart-topping album, “B’Day,” bringing the multi-media extravaganza stateside beginning July 6 at the Superdome in New Orleans.

The most eagerly anticipated tour of 2007, “The Beyonce Experience” showcases the international music and film star, along with her sizzling all- female band, performing musical hits, classics, and surprises in a newly-created, state-of-the-art concert environment.

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Bessie King is a Blast contributing editor. She can be reached at king.be@blastmagazine.com

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