Billboard has announced its list of the top 20 songwriters of the new millennium, and a couple of unexpected names made the cut.

While most of the usual suspects are represented (Swedish hitmaker Max Martin, his colleague Dr Luke and Danish production duo Stargate), the inclusion of performers 50 Cent, Ludacris and Beyoncé was less expected.

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This is the latest honour for the 29-year-old R’n’B superstar, who was recently crowned the most successful act of the the new millennium by the music bible.

Given the relatively disappointing chart performance of her latest single Run The World (Girls) in America, there’s a lot riding on the second single from 4.

The song is called Best Thing I Never Had and is expected to debut tomorrow.

While we wait to hear Bey’s new tune, check out the diva rehearsing 4 album track 1+1 in her dressing room at the American Idol finale (below).

It was filmed on Jay Z’s phone and quickly became an internet sensation when the singer’s proud husband posted it on his blog.

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