This article originally appears in the May 2016 issue of ELLE.
"The music industry is dominated by men," Beyoncé declares. "And these labels go out and try to make carbon copies of whoever is successful at that moment. I'm over that." Amen, your majesty! Her solution: to take matters into her own hands, unleashing a battalion of female talent via the brand-new record-label arm of her company, Parkwood Entertainment. Here, we present the first three acts, all chosen and raised up by Mrs. Carter herself: "I want to take all my resources and give these artists the support of the best, to nurture them and allow them to be who they really are."