The first black woman to headline the festival turned in one of the most memorable live performances of recent years
This was spectacular. Beyoncé’s hotly-anticipated Coachella set sat somewhere between a musical and a movie, a high-octane 120 minute medley featuring impeccable choreography, an orchestra, political statements, tributes to leaders from black cultural history, high-profile guests, and a superhuman ability to move between hits with incredible rapidity and fluency. It was a night where she put her flag in the ground and announced herself as the world’s greatest living entertainer.
Pop queen she is, but she’s also a visionary, an auteur, and an athlete – to go through two hours at that level is, aside from the artistry, a display of incredible stamina. If you missed it, here’s what went down while you’re waiting for the full live link to be uploaded.
normally it’s annoying when people remind you every two mins that they’re a genius but Beyoncé just did that for two hours straight and we could have watched for two days. She was unreal.— Dazed (@Dazed) April 15, 2018
OLIVIER ROUSTEING PROVIDED THE LOOKS
RIHANNA SAT FRONT ROW
SOLANGE JOINED HER ONSTAGE
DESTINY’S CHILD ‘REFORMED’
HER BAND PLAYED AFROBEAT PIONEER FELA KUTI
Beyoncé paid homage to Fela Kuti during her coachella perfomance.— AFRICAN HISTORY (@africanarchives) April 15, 2018
Fela Kuti was a Nigerian musician and activist who launched Afro-beat, which then fused American blues, jazz and funk with traditional Yoruba music. #Beychellapic.twitter.com/39z4QD4ymq
SHE PLAYED A RECORDING OF MALCOLM X’S “WHO TAUGHT YOU TO HATE YOURSELF” SPEECH AND MOUTHED THE WORDS
SHE SANG JAMES WELDON JOHNSON’S “LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING”, OFTEN REFERRED TO AS THE BLACK AMERICAN NATIONAL ANTHEM
SHE ACKNOWLEDGED THAT SHE WAS THE FIRST BLACK WOMAN TO HEADLINE COACHELLA