Beyoncé, the queen of the music world, killed it (as she always does) with her opening song, Crazy In Love, at Coachella 2018. Between the crazy dancing skills, the routine perfected by her back up dancers, and her powerful stage presence, she had the audience screaming with adoration. Beyoncé herself reminded the crowd during her historic Coachella performance on Saturday, she is the first black woman to headline the music festival. (“Ain’t that about a bitch?” she added, with a tiny but telling smirk.) She celebrated her achievement by opening her performance with a marching band, drumline and dance team from four Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs): Florida A&M, Prairie View A&M University, North Carolina A&T, Tennessee State University and Alabama State University.
She addressed the crowd saying: “Coachella, thank you for allowing me to be the first black woman to headline,” before making the transition into her 2011 single, “Run the World (Girls)" and then into “Lift Every Voice and Sing”, seen as the black national anthem.
Her mother, Tina Knowles Lawson, expressed her doubts to Beyoncé about whether a largely white audience at Coachella would understand the performance saying: “I told Beyoncé that I was afraid that the predominately white audience at Coachella would be confused by all of the black culture and black college culture because it was something that they might not get. Her brave response to me made me feel a bit selfish and ashamed." Knowles Lawson continued in her post. “She said I have worked very hard to get to the point where I have a true voice and at this point in my life and my career, I have a responsibility to do what's best for the world and not what is most popular. She said that her hope is that after the show young people would research this culture and see how cool it is, and young people – black and white – would listen to LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING and see how amazing the words are for us all and bridge the gap. She also hopes that it will encourage young kids to enrol in our amazing Historically Black Colleges and Universities.”
She did not disappoint and fans went mad for her powerful performance, actually changing Coachella's name into "Beychella".
Check her out in action below.