Beyoncé Announces Her Pregnancy At The 2011 MTV Video Music Awards

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Beyoncé took to the red carpet of the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night and needed to get a little something off her chest … and she did so by showing off her burgeoning baby bump. That’s right, Bey announced to the world that she and hubby Jay-Z are pregnant with their first child! And, as if that wasn’t enough, Beyoncé decided to take things one step further by putting on a pretty spectacular performance with baby bump on board! Click below to see one of the first photos of Beyoncé showing off her baby bump and watch video of her stellar live performance of Love on Top at the MTV VMAs just hours ago.

Leave it to Beyoncé to steal the spotlight at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards. But it wasn’t one of the pop diva’s signature show-stopping performances that had people talking. Instead, it was Beyoncé’s burgeoning baby bump, swathed in an orange gown. Beyoncé, 29, posed for photos with her hands cradling her belly, teasing, “I have a surprise!” “I’m happy to say it’s true,” her rep confirms to PEOPLE. Later, during the show, she performed “Love on Top,” introducing the song by telling the Nokia Theatre LA Live crowd, “I want you to stand up on your feet. I want you to feel the love that’s growing inside me.” After her song, she unbuttoned her sparkling jacket and rubbed her stomach. The crowd roared. “They told friends in the last month,” a source tells PEOPLE. “She’s never been happier. Seriously it’s all she’s been waiting for. And Jay is like an excited kid. They’re adorable.” This will be the first child for Beyoncé and her husband of three years, 41-year-old Jay-Z.


Make sure you watch Beyoncé‘s performance to the very end … that’s when she happily rubs her tummy … it’s just … too damn cute. I couldn’t be happier for Bey and Jay on their joyous news. I kinda always thought that Beyoncé, the workaholic that she is, would put off having a family … but I guess Nature had other plans for the couple. I think a baby will really make her already amazing life all the more amazing and fulfilling. Let’s send all of our love and congrats to Beyoncé and Jay-Z on their happy baby news. Let the bump watch officially begin!

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  • Sara

    Good for them!! :D

  • blaqfury

    Congrats to Bey & Hov! and i’m extra glad she performed Love on Top, my favoritest fav song off her album! LOL!

    I doubt we’ll ever see that baby…LOL, it’s been over 3 years and we’ve barely seen a blurry pic from her wedding… We’ll see that child when its a toddler…LOL

    • @blaqfury — “I doubt we’ll ever see that baby…LOL, it’s been over 3 years and we’ve barely seen a blurry pic from her wedding” LOL! You are so right.

  • AmandaMarie

    I am really happy for this bump watch. I’m praying she lets it be a bump watch. She’s positively radiant!

  • I love to be a Beyonce hater but darn it, she preforms so well! No one right now sings as well as she does and is able to work a stage.

  • needtostudy

    bey was the BEST performance of the night!!!!!!! i

  • Z

    Mother nature and Jay-Z=1, Beyonce=0 lol just kidding =P congrats to them both!! I thought she would never give him a kid with the way she worked =P but lord I pray that kid ends up looking like Beyonce or theres going to be some Emotion up in here =P j/k!!

  • BCDanielle

    I didn’t see the red carpet announcement, but when she rubbed her belly on stage, I freaked out! The look on Jay’s face…so awesome. So happy for them! They will make fantastic parents:)

  • JCZ

    Well, Congrats are in order I guess, but I laugh at “Nature had other plans for the couple” remark.

    If her album was as successful as her others and well, people were genuinely interested in her this time around, she wouldn’t be having a baby!
    My guess is that due to under-performing singles and the album, although it didn’t bomb as expected, still under performed, any plans of a tour were very fragile.

    Sponsors probably weren’t as crash hot as they would’ve when Single Ladies came out. She could have still pulled off a tour, but maybe not as extensive as one would expect.

    So what better thing to do that to hide away from the spotlight now and start a family so that when time has passed, their is demand for a new album and people may be interested. Oh and well, this news will definitely help her album!

    I’m not specifically saying they’re having a baby for promotion, but announcing it on a red carpet at the VMAs, holding a baby bump that really isn’t there – VERY TACKY I reckon!!

    • Feliciao

      She had an amazing performance, was feeling amazing, so why not tell the world about her wonderful news? Beyonce has never been one to be tacky, and this was definitely not tacky but in fact very cute. The genuine happiness on her’s and Jay-Z’s face was something we do not see enough in Hollywood.

    • S.L

      Um…maybe Beyonce was just super excited to share with the world her good news and thought the VMAs would be fun way to make the announcement to her fans and the public. There’s nothing tacky about it. Would announcing it in a tabloid or twitter be any classier?

      Also, I find that attributing her pregnancy to her “under performing” record sales to be a somewhat offensive statement. I don’t follow record sales and the numbers of the music industry, but I can guarantee you that Beyonce is in no shortage of money, fan support, fame, etc. and I am sure if she chose to suddenly go on tour right now, the seats will be filled and the tour would be highly publicized and prosperous. Accusing B of only having a baby cause her record sales were poor minimizes the magnitude of such a joyous event and treats having children as just something to do when one is bored with nothing better to do. Beyonce and Jay Z have been together for a long time and it is only natural that this was the next step. Plus, I think Beyonce has always said she wanted to start having children at the age of 30 and she’ll be turning 30 in a few months.

    • cutitout

      Don’t get mad, these Gaga fans are totally obsessed with sales, they seem to think that popularity equals talent.

    • A

      actually Beyoncé has always said she’d have a kid when she was 30. and her album was number 1 for two weeks. so you should check your facts. kthxbye

    • Katie

      I don’t know that announcing on the red carpet is any more tacky than issuing a press release. It actually seems a little more natural to me.

    • cutitout

      @JCZ What ARE you saying? Beyonce could have taken a “break” whenever she wanted. Interview after interview beyonce has said she wanted a baby at 30 and guess what? 30 next week! That baby bump looks about 3-4-5 months along, she’s probably due this late winter, early spring. Certainly in time for her to film “A Star is born” next year. I’m pretty sure that she is at least 3 months b/c no one announces a pregnancy before that and her Album was released on June 24th, She has been poregnant all summer, before she knew what her album, would do. Stop it. You Gaga fans are just mad her antics flopped and she is completely loosing steam. The “emperor” has no clothes but the queen is carrying the heir to the throne. pun intended.

    • krissy

      Cutitout, JCZ didn’t mention Gaga at all, yet you have tried to put that in there twice.

    • Manderz

      the baby bump was the FIRST thing i noticed about her!! Maybe you should look into getting some glasses or contacts.

    • krissy

      “If her album was as successful as her others and well, people were genuinely interested in her this time around, she wouldn’t be having a baby!”

      I completely disagree. If she is telling people, she is probably in her 2nd trimester, meaning that she got pregnant 3 months ago…BEFORE her cd even came out.

  • Dominique

    She’s always said that she wanted to be a mother by time she’s 30 and she turns age next month. All I have to say is Baby BeJay is going to be more accomplished and talented than me in its 9 months in utero compared to my 22 years on this Earth. Congrats to them both!

  • CHASE

    In all honesty and, unfortunately, it pains me to say this, BUT… She stole the show. The night belonged to Beyonce. That performance was electric and the bump action towards the end was ADORBS and she took the spotlight from GaGa, Britney and Katy. Just wow.

  • Mikey

    She’s turning 30 next week ;)

  • Bec

    So devo that basically every time I try to watch a linked video it says I can’t because of the region (Australia) that I’m in :( Have to go youtubing…

  • loriannakim

    I’m a big beyonce fan and I sort of have been seeing this coming! So happy for the both of them!

    FYI, i dont think she needs a baby or baby PR to boost her album sales.

  • Sofia

    It is so freaking adorable how happy they both look. especially jay-z’s face at the end. its funny that both her and hilary duff recently said how they arent rushing to have a baby anytime soon and then a few months later both are knocked up. i guess you’re right trent. don’t challenge mother nature lol also @JCZ most people (especially a celeb as private as Bey) don’t make an announcement until their 3 months along. and her album hasn’t been out for 3 months so yea…i think you might be wrong on this one.

  • Mela

    This news makes me happier than i would have expected. Kanye and Jay were so cute too!

  • strawberry

    for some reason, i cannot imagine Jay-Z and Beyonce having sex!

  • perdiz

    I love this woman. The bump rubbing was so damn cute as was kanye and jay-z bouncing around like little kids.

  • Jess

    How cute and happy does Jay-Z look at the end of that video?! LOVED it!

  • Ashley

    Eh. I fast forwarded through her performance. I haven’t liked any of her songs in years. They all kinda sound the same to me. Trent- wth was up with Gaga last night? Was I the only one who felt uncomfortable for Britney while they were on stage together? I just didn’t get it…

    • lori

      ditto. i thought gaga’s shtick was not cool. she was annoying, actually. and im a huge fan of hers! she needs to focus on MUSIC. my fave gaga vma performance was paparazzi.

      beyonce totally stole the show.
      brits tribute was wAY too short! and britney should have talked WAY more! what a LET DOWN.

    • lori

      it would have been WAY better if she was normal and the whole brit tribute was taken more seriously. EPIC FAIL GAGA

  • Dana

    I’m not a huge Britney Fan but I thought it was rude the Gaga made Britney’s moment all about her..I wanted to here what she had to say..The best part of the show for me were the Little Dancers..Beyonce sang great but the song is weak..To much Gaga talking and hated that band no one knows why not let Katie Perry or Foo Fighters perform..and the Host was BORING.

    • Kiki

      @Dana – there was no host…

  • nicole

    all i can say, is its about time lol. i thought she was gunna make jay wait till he was 60 before he finally had a kid – that poor man has been waiting for ever.
    but congrats to both! :)

  • cinner

    beyonce looks so beautiful and radiant and HAPPY. her performance was the best of the show. she was on jimmy fallon like last week and performed, he also interviewed her and she didnt say a word about being pregnant, nor did she have a baby bump, but what i did notice is her radiating happiness, she looked absolutely amazing…so beautiful. they are two very fortunate people :)

  • LA Lola

    I am far from being a Beyonce fan, but that was pretty impressive. Girl sang that song through 5 key changes…damn! And the belly rub was beyond adorable. Even my stone cold heart was moved by her and Jay-Z’s (and Kanye’s) giddiness at the end.

    • apriljan

      PREACH.

      Everything you said, I completely agree!

  • Elle

    Now THAT is how you announce you’re pregnant. You go Beyonce.

  • Dezden

    I LOVE that she did it on her own terms. Amazing!!! ANDDDD I lovedddd finally hearing Love on Top live!!!

  • Amanda M

    i didnt watch the red carpet so i never saw the ‘pre-announcement’ bump, so i kind of wish MUCHMUSIC didnt ruin the surprise for me by announcing it on their ‘between commercials recap”. but the end was SO CUTE!. especially jayz. they seem so happy. hooray for them!

  • Katie

    yahhhh i am soo happy for them they will make a
    good family congrats :D

  • It’s surprise for MTV VMA.i’m soo happy for beyonce and jay-z

  • Jade

    For Real?…..

  • Amber

    That was amazing she has the perfect life and now its just got better she is having a darling little baby! loved it when she rubs her belly and says ‘ i want you all to feel the love growing inside of me’ that was just wonderful! They are gonna b great parents :D <3