Beychella! Here’s Why Beyoncé Made History With Her Coachella Performance
Fans have been waiting with anticipation for this moment as we all were on countdown as we waited for Queen Bey to grace the Coachella stage. Beyoncé’s performance garnered so much excitement that the festival was given the nickname, Beychella. In 2017, the Beyhive was crushed when Beyoncé had to cancel headlining Coachella due to her pregnancy with her twins. However, she came back with a vengeance as she returned to the main stage to close out the second night of the festival in Indio, Calif. What made her performance so iconic is that Beyoncé made history in front of throngs of screaming fans. Just before she came on, Queen Bey took to Facebook to share her excitement and to thank her loyal fans.
I am so excited to see the BeyHive tonight at Coachella,” she wrote. “We have been working hard and have a special show planned for you so please be safe and stay hydrated. We need your energy! There will be an hour intermission before my performance, so mark your spot, charge your phones, grab your drinks. Can’t wait to see y’all at 11:05pm!
Beyoncé Makes History At Coachella:
Can you imagine how proud Blue Ivy must feel? With a show that echoed black pride, Beyoncé thanked Coachella for letting her be the first Black woman to headline the festival, which began in 1999. Towards the end of the show just before she sang, Run The World (Girls), Queen Bey said the following:
Thank you Coachella for letting me be the first Black woman to headline… Ain’t that a bitch?” she said.
Stepping out onto the stage like she had arrived from Wakanda, Queen Bey kicked off her set with a massive HBCU marching band and a dozens of backup dancers. Looking regal, she first appeared on a runway in a long, Egyptian-inspired Balmain cape before strutting over to the main stage. Walking with so much pride, she immediately changed into a collegiate-style yellow hoodie with the Beyoncé University emblem, high-waisted denim shorts and white boots. Making you feel like you were at the dopest homecoming, Beyoncé opened the show with a soulful rendition of “Lift Every Voice,” which is commonly known as the Black National Anthem.
Beyoncé’s Show Was Full Of Surprises:
In two hours, Beyoncé reminded us why being black is so beautiful. Paying homage to historically black colleges and universities, Beyoncé performed on a tiered set of bleachers accompanied by a marching band and hundreds of dancers.To top it off, she even paid homage to black sororities and fraternities by giving a probate show. The show definitely had a theme of black love and women empowerment. Beyoncé played a snippet of Malcolm X’s famous “Who Taught You to Hate Yourself” speech that she featured in Lemonade.
The most disrespected woman in America is the Black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the Black woman. The most neglected person in America, is the Black woman, said Malcolm X.
At one point of the show, Beyoncé made fans feel like they were at an opera. The scene is absolutely breathtaking as fans are allowed to bask in the beauty of her voice and how talks of her being overrated should end. As her dancers rested their faces on one another with their eyes closed, Beyoncé continued to blow everyone away.
Bringing her husband onto the stage, it was definitely a family affair as she performed Deja Vu with her husband, Jay-Z, and danced with her sister, Solange. Not leaving her sisters out, Queen Bey surprised us with a Destiny Child’s reunion by bringing out her former Destiny’s Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. Together, the ladies sang some of their biggest hits such as: Lose My Breath, Say My Name and Soldier.
My sisters! Please give it up for Kelly and Michelle, Beyoncé gushed. I love y’all.
In closing the show, spoke of how she dreamed of this Coachella moment:
I’m so happy that I am here. I was supposed to perform at Coachella [last year] but I ended up getting pregnant — thank God! So I had time to dream and dream and dream with two beautiful souls in my belly. … Thank you guys for sharing this with me. I hope y’all enjoyed the show.
At one point, DJ Khaled’s voice comes on over the speakers to announces that Coachella has a new name.
After tonight, Coachella gotta rename Coachella the Beychella. New name alert: Beychella!
With the epic performance that Beyoncé delivered, we would have to agree with Khaled.