Photos: Beyoncé burns up the stage as Sasha Fierce

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Forget the Texas beauty with the southern drawl we’ve grown to love and respect. When it comes to kinetic performances, Beyoncé Knowles delivers with the help of her alter ego, Sasha Fierce.

“Sasha Fierce is my alter ego,” says Beyoncé. “I have someone else that takes over when it’s time for me to work and when I’m on stage. This alter ego that I’ve created that kind of protects me and who I really am. That’s why half the record, “I Am…,” is about who I am underneath all the makeup, underneath the lights, and underneath all the exciting star drama.  And “Sasha Fierce” is the fun, more sensual, more aggressive, more outspoken side and more glamorous side that comes out when I’m working and when I’m on the stage. The double album allows me to take more risks and really step out of myself, or shall I say, step more into myself, and reveal a side of me that people who only know me see.”