How Gradual Success Helped Beyonce

Tells 60 Minutes It Helped Her Avoid The Typical Pitfalls Of Superstars

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She has graced the cover of more than 200 magazines. And that shy girl from Houston who was a late bloomer in terms of her own sexuality, has obviously been a quick study. And parts of her show would make a preacher blush.

"You have a really sort of clean-cut, wholesome reputation. And then, out there on the stage, you're a seductress," Kroft pointed out.

"Okay. Thanks. I'll take that," Beyonce replied, laughing.

"You're seducing the audience," Kroft remarked.

"Really, I don't think about it too much. I'm just free. And I can express my sensuality. I can express my pain, vulnerability, my strength. All of those things," she said.

Asked where she learned all this, Beyonce told Kroft, "Well, just because I had a sheltered upbringing doesn't mean I haven't been a woman. I'm a woman that has had life experiences."

She is also a married woman now, and a worldly one, having seen most of it several times over. This last tour took her to 12 countries and 66 cities for 110 performances, including six sold out concerts in Dublin.

"So, that's a huge, huge accomplishment for me. Especially being an African American singer. There's not many of us that can sell out these venues," she said.

But her crossover appeal is by no means limited to white audiences: the reception was the same in Japan and Korea, in India and even the Middle East.

"When I was in Egypt, I was riding in the cars and I had the window just down to here, so I could look outside and see [the] beautiful place. And everyone was recognizing this," she remembered. "And I'm like, 'Oh my God. This is crazy.' In Egypt? And it's just, music is so powerful, you know? There were women in burkas full out, singing, 'To the left, to the left.'"

Her fan base is largely women. They are drawn to her songs about everyday problems like boyfriends and breakups and she is both a messenger and symbol of female empowerment - glamorous, sexy, willful and strong.

"These two hours on the stage everyday is what I was born to do. It's why I'm here," she told Kroft.

While her career is still managed by her father, Beyonce is the steam that drives the engine of his huge enterprise: 18 truckloads of gear, a family of 150 employees, many of them who have been with her for nearly a decade, and a few since she was 12.

The production costs on the road are more than $1 million a week.

She acknowledged it's a lot of a responsibility for one woman. "But, you know, I put a lot into this show. I don't give half of anything. I give 100 percent. And it has to work every night. So, and when it doesn't, I'm not too happy."

"It's difficult at times because I am really critical. I have to be boss at one moment. And then the next moment, I'm, you know, me," she added.

Asked if she's always been a Type A personality, Beyonce told Kroft, "I think so. Yes. I'm absolutely."

She also acknowledged that she is very assertive and gets the first AND last word.