The iconic Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival held in California this weekend became part of history last night. With the epic performance from none other than the queen, Beyoncé herself, the act went on to become the first performance by a woman of colour in the history of the music festival.
“Coachella, thank you for allowing me to be the first black woman to headline,” Beyoncé said.
She went on to perform her iconic hit ‘Run the World (Girls).’
The hegemonic ideal of having a relaxed festival with musicians adding to the vibe was completely shaken to the roots. The performance was nothing short of a meaningful, absorbing, forceful and radical in nature. Rich with history, potently political and every bit visually grand, Beyonce had the crowd roaring with a gobsmacking marvel of choreography and musical direction.
Her Houston roots were unmissable as a New Orleans- style brass marching band accompanied her on the stage. She crooned to a rendition of ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’, also known as the black national anthem.
During her entire segment, the 36-year-old singer didn’t fail to fling surprise after surprise at her fans. She sang ‘Deja Vu’ with husband Jay-Z and danced with her sister, Solange.
Another iconic moment from the performance saw a reunion of Destiny’s Child. Tapping on to their 90s hit, ‘Say My Name’, ‘Soldier’ and ‘Lose My Breath’, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams joined their fellow member on the stage.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, who represents Beyoncé’s hometown of Houston, congratulated the singer on her act. She tweeted:
“Houston’s own Beyoncé is giving us the dream performance at the 2018 Coachella! I am very proud of the artist, entertainer and global philanthropist Beyoncé has become …”
Houston’s own @Beyonce is giving us the dream performance at the 2018 @coachella! I am very proud of the artist, entertainer, and global philanthropist Beyonce has become… #HoustonStrong #HoustonProud #Coachella #beychella #beyonce #BeyHive #HBCU pic.twitter.com/MfqE9RHrqR
— Sheila Jackson Lee (@JacksonLeeTX18) April 15, 2018
Earlier Queen Bey was expected to perform last year but cancelled the show after doctors advised her not to perform so late in her pregnancy with Sir Carter and Rumi. Well, looks like the Queen is kept her promise and returned setting the stage on fire… and in the process, our hearts as well.
Meanwhile, while everyone was cray cray over Beyonce, no one summed it better than the Queen’s ultimate fan, Adele herself. Dancing hardcore to her performance in the comforts of her house, Adele showed everyone what true fans really look like.