A video was posted on YouTube on December 2, 2008 showing the recording of the song. The official video, directed by Gil Green, was made available in early January 2009, and featured guest appearances by Tyrese, A. R. Rahman, Dulce Maria, and the winner of an MTV contest. On February 24, 2009, the video premiered on Yahoo! Music and was also added to the iTunes Store for download. The video was re-edited for the Latin American versions of the song, with a separate video for each applicable version.
Several cover versions of the song have been recorded. The most notable version of the song is by Sri-Lankan pop group Gravity, who performed the song live at the 2009 premier music competition "TNL Onstage"", resulting in it soon becoming the most aired track on TNL Radio during the months that followed. Australian Clare Bowditch also included a cover of the song as a bonus track on her 2010 studio album Modern Day Addiction.
"Beautiful" managed to become a top twenty hit in 2008 the previous year before its official release. Due to high digital sales, the song debuted at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 on the week of December 20, 2008, the week following the release of Freedom. It is Akon's eighth top twenty hit as a lead artist, and his seventeenth top twenty overall. It debuted at #7 on the Hot Digital Songs chart, selling over 91,000 downloads that week. It also made a #25 debut on the Pop 100 chart the same week. On the Canadian Hot 100 chart, it debuted at #16. The single also reached #30 on the UK Singles Chart on March 1, 2009, and has so far peaked at #8 and #3 on the UK R&B Chart. Even though the song has received very little airplay in Australia it has charted on the ARIA singles chart peaking at #14 and on the ARIA Urban Charts, it has reached #7. On the New Zealand Top 40, it debuted at #39, then peaked at #13.
The song has also been recorded in three international versions: in Portuguese, with Brazilian singer and actress Negra Li, in Dutch, with Dutch singer Brace, and in Spanish, with Mexican singer/actress/songwriter Dulce María.The rap from the original was removed, and Colby O'Donnis's vocals were also removed in favor of the other singers.
The Spanish version was first performed in an event at Mexico, in April 1, 2009. On the next day, it was leaked for airing and on the internet. The Portuguese version was leaked two days before.
The music videos in Portuguese, Dutch and Spanish were released at YouTube on June 2, 8 and 9, respectively.
Another version featuring South Korean pop superstar BoA is expected to be released in Japan on August the 5th this year under the title Freedom+2, the version will include BoA's vocals (also in English) in place of Colby O'Donis' and will include the rap by Kardinal Offishall. This version is exactly the same as the original song and as such is not a remix, although there is a Reggae Remix of "Beautiful" with Colby O'Donis and Kardinall Offishall being released on Freedom+2.