Beyonce's Biggest Shockers Through the Years

PHOTO: Beyonce performs on stage during "The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour" at the Staples Center on Dec. 3, 2013 in Los Angeles, Calif.
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Beyoncé shocked the world on Friday when she unceremoniously released an entire album, complete with videos for every song. However, this isn't the first time the singer, 32, has done something in a nontraditional way. Here are a few other ways she's thought outside the box.

PHOTO: In the video for her inspirational anthem "I Was Here," Beyonce shared personal footage from her life, including her wedding dress.
She Secretly Married Jay-Z

After Beyoncé and Jay-Z had been a couple for several years, fans hoped that the two would say "I do" in a big, big way. They didn't. Instead, the power couple exchanged vows before 40 friends and family members in their Manhattan penthouse -- but never actually discussed it in the media. In fact, according People magazine, when congratulated on the nuptials days later, Jay-Z responded, "I don't know what you're talking about." It wasn't until years later that her fans got a glimpse of Queen Bey in her wedding dress, when it was included in a montage in her HBO documentary, "Life Is But a Dream."

PHOTO: Beyonce performs onstage at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 28, 2011, in Los Angeles.
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She Announced Her Pregnancy in a Big Way

Some celebrities announce that they're expecting via Twitter, while others have their publicists release statements. Beyoncé did neither. After wearing an orange gown on the red carpet of the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards that clearly outlined her baby bump, the singer emerged on stage to perform and announced, "I want you to feel the love that's growing inside of me!" After singing "Love on Top" (and dancing in stilettos), she rubbed her stomach to screaming applause.

PHOTO: In this undated image released by, Beyonce Knowles holds her daughter Blue Ivy in a recent family photo.
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She Introduced Blue Ivy Via Tumblr

Beyoncé and Jay-Z undoubtedly could have made a bundle selling photos of their daughter, Blue Ivy, but they didn't choose to go that route. Instead, the power couple created their own Tumblr blog, "We welcome you to share in our joy," they wrote on the page. "Thank you for respecting our privacy during this beautiful time in our lives. The Carter Family."

PHOTO: In this April 4, 2013 photo, Beyonce and her husband, Jay-Z, are surrounded by bodyguards as they tour Old Havana, Cuba.
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She and Jay-Z Went on Vacation -- in Cuba!

In April, the "Countdown" singer went on vacation with her husband to celebrate their anniversary, but when they showed up in Cuba, some were outraged. Later, the Treasury Department confirmed that the superstars were there as part a licensed program that encourages "meaningful contacts" with the Cuban people. (Tourism from America is not allowed.) Jay and Bey were unconcerned about the controversy. "I'm in Cuba, I love Cubans," Jay-Z later rapped. "This communist talk is so confusing/When it's from China, the very mic that I'm using."

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