As part of HuffPost BlackVoices weekly series counting down the top eight power couples of the year, we present “BV Power Couples.” Each week we will highlight what each member brings to the table along with their power ranking. Landing in at number three is Beyonce and Jay-Z.
Full Name: Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter
Occupation: Singer-songwriter, Actress
Big Wig Affiliation: Gwyneth Paltrow
Claim to Fame: At the 52nd annual Grammy Awards Knowles set the single most wins in a year for a female artist with six.
Current Status: The Grammy Award-winner is set to perform at Super Bowl XLVII halftime show.
Word for Word: “We decide everything. My word is my word. What Jay and I have is real. It's not about interviews or getting the right photo op. It's real.” (Essence, 2008)
Full Name: Shawn Carter
Occupation: Hip Hop Mogul
Big Wig Affiliation: Mikhail Prokhorov
Claim to Fame: Alongside Damon Dash and Kareem Burke, Carter launched Roc-A-Fella Records in 1996.
Current Status: Hov will ring in the New Year with British rockers, Coldplay, during a special New Year’s Eve concert at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
Word for Word: "Sometimes on creative stuff, one of us will ask, 'Do you think this is cool? She's a magnificent A&R, if she ever decides to do that, for things like pitch. So I defer to her on those sort of questions." (Rolling Stone, 2010)