Good Lord! To say Beyoncé turned it up and out at Coachella Saturday night is an understatement. Cardi B, who? Yes, the wait was worth it. “Y’all ready Coachella?,” she asked the crowd as she opened her set, thus becoming the first black woman and any woman of color to headline the internationally famed music festival in the Southern California desert town of Indio.
“Coachella, thank you for allowing me to be the first black woman to headline,” Beyoncé said, before singing “Run the World (Girls).”
She kicked off her long-anticipated performance with “Crazy in Love” accompanied by a New Orleans-style brass marching band, and even sang the black national anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”
She sang several songs from her album “Lemonade,” backed up by the band and surrounded by step dancers.
For nearly two hours, the world’s greatest entertainer came up with surprise after surprise.
A tribute to Nina Simone and quotes from Malcolm X. She also sang “Deja Vu” with her husband, Jay-Z, and danced with her sister, Solange.
Oh yeah, Coachella attendees and folks watching the live stream around the world saw a Destiny’s Child reunion. Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams appeared on stage with Beyoncé to sing their ’90s hits “Say My Name,” “Soldier” and “Lose My Breath.”
And since everybody loves a winner, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, who represents Beyoncé’s hometown of Houston, made known her congratulations for Bey.
“Houston’s own Beyoncé is giving us the dream performance at the 2018 Coachella! I am very proud of the artist, entertainer and global philanthropist Beyoncé has become … ,” she tweeted.
Jackson Lee added that Beyoncé’s performance with the band is “giving us HBCU vibes,” a reference to Historically Black Colleges and Universities.