History in the making! Beyoncé became the first black woman to headline Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California, on Saturday, April 14. And boy, did she deliver.
Queen Bey kicked off her set with a massive marching band and a dozens of backup dancers. She first appeared on a runway in a long, Egyptian-inspired Balmain cape before strutting over to the main stage and immediately changing into a collegiate-style yellow hoodie, high-waisted denim shorts and white boots.
“Y’all ready, Coachella?” she asked.
Beyoncé ran through a gamut of hits from the very start of the show, beginning with her 2003 debut solo single, “Crazy in Love.” She then transitioned into “Freedom,” “Formation” and “Sorry” from her 2016 visual album, Lemonade, all while impeccably mastering high-intensity choreography. During “Sorry,” she mixed in verses from two early fan favorites: “Me, Myself and I” and “Kitty Kat.”
After making the crowd go wild during “Bow Down / I Been On,” the entertainer took a page from the late Michael Jackson’s book and climbed onto a cherry picker, hovering above fans for a sultry take on “Drunk in Love.” She returned to the stage for a series of hip-hop tracks, including “Diva,” “Flawless” and “7/11.” At one point in the medley, DJ Khaled came over the speakers to announce: “After tonight, Coachella gotta rename Coachella the Beychella. New name alert: Beychella!”
Following a brief interlude that gave the marching band a moment to shine, Beyoncé walked back out in a black leather bodysuit and matching boots. She ran through “Don’t Hurt Yourself” before taking a seat on the bleachers and belting “I Care,” a tender moment in an otherwise high-energy set.
Up next, the singer took on “Partition” and “Yoncé,” followed by her recent collaboration with J Balvin and Willy William, “Mi Gente.”…
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