"Beauty and a Beat" is a song by Canadian singer Justin Bieber from his third studio album Believe (2012). It features American rapper Nicki Minaj, who co-wrote it with Savan Kotecha, Max Martin, and Zedd. It was also produced by the latter two with a heavy drum machine and "rushing" synthesizers. Lyrically, it speaks about Bieber wanting to take his love interest to a club, where they can "party like it's 3012". It is the only song from Believe that Bieber did not co-write. The song became the third official single from the album.
Following the release of Believe, "Beauty and a Beat" debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100 at 72 due to strong digital downloads. After the release of the song's music video, it re-entered the Hot 100 at number 72 and has peaked at 5. It also debuted on the Canadian Hot 100 at 47.
"Beauty and a Beat" was originally written by Anton Zaslavski (Zedd) for his debut album, Clarity. Zaslavski however felt the song did not quite fit his new album's style, so he, Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, and Onika Maraj wrote a version for Bieber's third studio album, Believe released in 2012. Maraj, known by her stage-name Nicki Minaj, provides guest vocals on the track. Bieber later spoke upon the collaboration with Minaj, saying: "I wanted a female rapper and I think that she is the best choice. I felt she just fit on the song perfectly." An album of remixes was released on December 11, 2012.
The song contains elements of R&B. Sarah Deen of Metro described it as a "frantic dance track", while Rolling Stone's Jon Dolan called the song a "disco-inferno". "Beauty and a Beat" contains fast-paced drum beats and an acid house break down. Bieber's then-girlfriend Selena Gomez is referenced in the song during Minaj's rap: "Justin Bieber/You know I'm gonna hit 'em with the ether/Buns out, wiener/But I gotta keep an eye out for Selener." Jason Lipshutz noted the rhyme between "wiener" and her given name.
Critical reception towards the song was mixed. Many contemporary critics praised Bieber's attempt to reach an audience not usually interested in his music, while others criticized its lyrics and Minaj's rap. Andy Gill of The Independent listed the song in his "Download" category during an album review for Believe. Laura Sassano commented on the song upon its leak, saying: "The new song continues Justin's quest to grow up and be taken more seriously as an artist". Becca Longmire of Entertainmentwise felt that the song was impressive; she also noted the vibes of R&B and compared this with Bieber's previous single "Baby".
The video premiered on Vevo on October 12, 2012. It opens by stating that in October 2012, 3 hours of personal footage was stolen from Justin. It was then illegally uploaded by an anonymous blogger. It starts with a short montage of video clips, and heads into a party at a waterpark featuring dancers, and Nicki Minaj rapping beside Justin in a pool. The video ends with Justin sliding down a waterslide. Bieber wrote the video's storyline himself and co-directed the video itself with Jon Chu. Most of the clip was recorded on a GoPro Hero 2 by Bieber, with some footage shot on the Olympus Tough TG-1.
The song was released on October 12, 2012 on the video-sharing website, YouTube. It held the record for most views in a single day with 10.6 million views. This song is on Just Dance 4 and a DLC in Just Dance 2014.