Beyonce legit shut down the first weekend of Beychella, uhm…sorry, Coachella so hard it’s forgivable to give only an honorable mention to Eminem who also performed at the famed music festival.
Of course, Eminem’s set during Coachella stirred raw emotions from the crowd, he even brought out 50 Cent during his set, but it simply cannot be compared to what Queen Bey did on that stage.
This says quite a lot, especially when the expectations ahead of an artiste’s performance at a major event are through the roof, even more so when said artiste hasn’t done a live performance in over a year and yet remains that highly regarded.
The hype was only right, considering her last big stage performance was at the 2017 Grammys last February when she was pregnant with the twins and had JAY-Z’s heart in his mouth during the set with that risky lean from the chair.
Fast forward to the present and when an event eventually gets renamed after you – not officially but the Beychella moniker flies yo – then there’s no bigger sign of just how epic your performance there was.
Writing of bigger, Beyonce carefully chose her dancers for the set and did not shy away from having a couple of plus-sized dancers smoke the stage; implying these shows are more than just a stage to caress one’s ego and cash out from ticket sales. It was a statement made without having to be captain obvious about it.
In an Instagram post shared by Bey’s mom, Tina Lawson, Beyonce had allayed any worries over how the show would go when 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.”
It is because of such meticulous considerations to details that Beyonce is who Beyonce is in music and to the world, a person able to purposely inspire thousands at the venue and millions more watching around the globe.
Beyonce’s 2018 Coachella performance was more than a well-choreographed masterclass, it was a movement led by Mama Blue to inspire singers, dancers, body positivity activists, and the BeyHive (of course, in their millions) to always push the envelope and never stop believing – in themselves, in their aspirations, and, ultimately, in her.