Solange and Beyonce Knowles (AP/Charles Sykes/MediaPunch)

Beyonce's sister marries Beyonce's sister's fiancé: All the news coverage of Solange Knowles' wedding, ranked by mentions of Beyonce

Vanity Fair worked in five mentions out of 245 words and BBC dropped the Bey-word four times out of 183


Erin Keane
November 18, 2014 1:40AM (UTC)

Singer and fashion icon Solange Knowles married her fiancé, videographer Alan Ferguson, in New Orleans last weekend. Much of the event coverage has focused on the dramatic all-white color scheme and Knowles’ powerful fashion sense and the whimsical settings of their Faubourg Marigny neighborhood.

Oh, and maybe you heard? Her sister was there, too.

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The press coverage of Solange’s wedding paid breathless attention to Mr. and Mrs. Carter so uniformly that although it appears to have changed overnight, even the New York Times initially headlined its wedding announcement, “He Also Put a Ring on It.”

Stories range from less than 200 to nearly 500 words, but word count doesn’t seem to have influenced how many times Beyoncé’s name is invoked, directly or indirectly — no less than twice per article. For example, Vanity Fair worked in five mentions out of 245 words and BBC dropped the Bey-word four times out of 183.

Perhaps most surprisingly, newspapers were just as likely to do so as traditional celebrity news outlets, with the Times and the Washington Post taking clear leads, followed by E! Online.

Few articles passed up the opportunity to remind readers that Solange is Jay Z’s sister-in-law, or to mention Knowles-Carter family drama, including divorce rumors and the infamous elevator incident.

A look at Beyoncé’s presence at Solange’s wedding, by the press numbers:

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NEW YORK TIMES

Beyoncé index: 8 — 4 direct mentions; 4 indirect  (“put a ring on it,” multiple references to Destiny’s Child)
Jay Z mentions: 2
References to family strife: a restrained 0
(Word count: 464)

THE WASHINGTON POST

Beyoncé index: 8 — 6 direct; 2 indirect (“her sister’s wardrobe,” “her more famous older sister”)
Jay Z mentions: 1
References to family strife: extensive (elevator incident; recap of Knowles’ first failed marriage, including calling her “practically a child bride” at the time; three entire paragraphs on sibling rivalry, perceived and actual)
(Word count: 498)

E! Online

Beyoncé index: 7 — 5 direct, including headline; 2 indirect (“the singer,” “Bey’s little sister”)
Jay Z mentions: 4 (including headline)
Bonus: entire separate video post titled “Beyoncé and Jay Z Show Up to Solange’s Wedding
(Word count: 491)

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VANITY FAIR

Beyoncé index: 5 — 4 direct, including headline; 1 indirect (“Bow down, indeed.”)
Jay Z mentions: 3 (including headline)
References to family strife: 2 (Bey-Jay Z divorce rumors, elevator incident)
(Word count: 245)

ABC News

Beyoncé index: — 4 direct, including headline; 1 indirect (“the ‘Single Ladies’ singer and older sister of the bride”)
Jay Z mentions: 1
(Word count: 173)

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BBC

Beyoncé index: 4 -- all direct (including headline)
Jay Z mentions: 2 (including headline)
References to family strife: 1 (elevator incident)
(Word count: 183)

NBC News

Beyoncé index: 3 -- all direct
Jay Z mentions: 2
References to family strife: 1 (Jay Z missing the pre-wedding party)
(Word count: 272)

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CBS News

Beyoncé index: 2 -- all direct
Jay Z mentions: 2
References to family strife: 1 (elevator incident)
(Word count: 130)

Us magazine

Beyoncé index: 2 -- all direct
Jay Z mentions: 1
References to family strife: 1 (very indirect: “Knowles’ famous family often makes headlines …”)
(Word count: 373)

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THE GUARDIAN

Beyoncé index: 2 -- all direct
Jay Z mentions: 2
References to family strife: 1 (elevator incident)
(Word count: 473)

USA Today

Beyoncé index: 2 — 1 direct; 1 indirect (“single lady no longer”)
Jay Z mentions: 1
(Word count: 115)


Erin Keane

Erin Keane is Salon's deputy editor in chief.

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