As if this Music Monday could be about anything else.
Beyoncé headlined Coachella this past weekend and I am still recovering from watching the live-stream of the event. She was the first black woman to headline Coachella and she made her historic performance one to be remembered.
I was lucky enough to witness the wonder that is Beyoncé live back in 2016 for her Formation Tour and I still find myself re-watching the videos from that night. Though her Formation Tour was phenomenal, it didn’t compare to her Coachella performance; this woman keeps getting better and better.
Beyoncé used her time on the Coachella stage, where a predominantly white audience awaited, to celebrate black culture. She stood on that stage and celebrated HBCU culture, black history, black women, body positivity and honestly we’re all better for it. She gave us an incredible performance, with costume changes and high heels, while dancing her beautiful behind off and serving us flawless vocals. The power of Beyoncé is getting on that stage at midnight and hitting a record for the most live-stream views all at the same time.
The fact that she is often regarded as a Queen (and rightfully so) may cause us to forget that she is very much human and though she was basically flawless throughout her performance, her humanity came through at the perfect moments. She used her historic performance to showcase the most important people in her life; she brought out Kelly and Michelle for a Destiny’s Child reunion, she performed Deja Vu and brought out Jay-Z and she danced with Solange during “Get Me Bodied” (the extended version aka my favorite version).
While watching her performance it is ridiculously evident that there is no other performer like Beyoncé. She gave us a solid two-hour performance and the energy on that stage was infectious. Her vision, her choreography, her vocals and her work ethic have made it clear that we are seeing the makings of an icon.