Fueled by black excellence, black girl magic, and everything Bee Hive, national recording artist Beyonce pushed all the way through with her 2018 Coachella performance, making her the first black, female performer to ever headline the West Coast festival in its 20-year existence. Clad in the bold black and gold of Grambling State University, with brief inserts of extreme blackness booming throughout the performance, Beyonce stunned the crowd with by bringing fresh flairs to fan’s favorite tracks and ensuring every viewer understood the importance of her presence.
More than 50,000 attendees enjoyed over an hour of divine Beyonce fever, with millions more viewing at home thanks to a live stream from YouTube sponsored by T-Mobile. Ms. Third Ward shined from beginning to end as she transformed into Sasha Fierce before everyone’s eyes; a persona that seemingly had taken a backseat to the wonders of motherhood following the birth of her twins, Sir and Rumi, in June 2017. But there wasn’t a beat to miss.
Accompanied by a cadre of black female dancers, black male breakdancers, and a very black ass black marching band staggered along rows of silver bleachers, Beyonce reimagined the African American college experience live in living color. Majorette style dancing, black Greek life symbolism, and synchronized stepping transformed the Coachella stage into viewers favorite Homecoming halftime show, as the wigs of HBCU alumni were snatched left and right! Not even two songs into her headlining performance, Bey launched into an excellent rendition of the Black National Anthem, Lift Every Voice And Sing; stroking a heartstring amongst the audience members before throttling full speed ahead into Formation and re-snatching every edge in sight!
An amazing audio mash-up of sounds and effects from past Beyonce albums created an unshakable nostalgia as the songstress jumped from tracks like Irreplaceable (2006), Sorry (2016), I Been On (2013), and Me, Myself & I (2013) effortlessly. An interpretative dance break, featuring Nina Simone vocals during Drunk In Love, set the audience ablaze while the crowd roared following her sky gliding efforts on a giant crane. Bey, dripping in Balmain, concluded the show with a heartfelt speech and a chilling performance of Love On Top accompanied by her live marching band as her dancers rocked out from the bleachers and fans swooned.
Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams joined Beyonce on stage for a much-needed Destiny’s Child reunion. The epic set included Lose My Breath, Say My Name and Soldier. Rap legend Jay-Z even popped out, making a special cameo during his wife’s historic performance in Indio, CA.
With a sensational set design, a cadre of talented, young African Americans and the energy of a ten thousand man army, Beyonce’s Coachella performance served notice of why the Houston star is the greatest female entertainer of this generation. And with an increasing number of ladies publically juggling careers and motherhood with grace, Queen B reminded the masses that women really can do it all.