Here's why Beyonce's name is spelled 'wrong' on the COWBOY CARTER cover

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No, that's not a typo or an AI-generated image mistake on the new limited edition cover art for Beyonce's upcoming COWBOY CARTER album.

The "Texas Hold 'Em" singer can be seen wearing nothing but a red white and blue sash that says "act ii BEYINCE" across the front and while some people have been questioning how Queen Bey managed to let a typo like that slide, diehard members of the Beyhive know that spelling is no mistake.

Here's why the COWBOY CARTER cover has Beyonce's name spelled "wrong"

The spelling of the sash is no accident or typo that Beyonce, who is notoriously careful about the image she's crafted for herself and her music, and her team let slip by. Instead, it's a purposeful reference to her family lineage.

The Texas native previously revealed that Beyonce's name actually came from her mother, Tina Knowles, using her maiden name to name her oldest daughter. On Heather Thomson's In My Heart podcast in 2020, Tina Knowles shared this fact about herself.

"A lot of people don't know that Beyonce is my last name. It’s my maiden name. My name was Celestine Beyonce, which at that time was not a cool thing to have that weird name," she said on the podcast episode.

She went on to explain that her family's actual last name should be spelled Beyince, but there was an error on her birth certificate that turned the "i" into an "o" and gave her the last name Beyonce. "I think me and my brother Skip were the only two that had B-E-Y-O-N-C-E," she explained when talking about the fact that her mother and other members of their family spelled their surname Beyince while she and her brother, Skip, spelled theirs Beyonce.

"Because we asked my mother when I was grown, I was like, 'Why is my brother’s name spelled B-E-Y-I-N-C-E? You know, it’s all these different spellings.' And my mom’s reply to me was, like, 'That's what they put on your birth certificate," Knowles explained on the podcast andw ent on to explain that during that period of time (Knowles was born in 1954), segregation and racist policies kept Black people from being able to have official documents like this corrected.

In 2006, Beyonce started the clothing line House of Dereon, named after her grandmother's maiden name, before it was discontinued in 2012, so this isn't the first time that Beyonce has paid homage to her family line!