Listen, people, we know you wish you were at Coachella, but let’s get it straight it wasn’t Coachella it was Beychella!!! and here is why!!
“Thank you for letting me be the first black woman to headline Coachella,” said Beyonce on Saturday night.
An unprecedented move in Coachella’s 19-year history, one-third of this year’s lineup consist of female artists –(GIRL POWER) and at the top of this epic lineup is none other than Queen Bey herself.
After postponing last year’s Coachella appearance due to her pregnancy, this year’s Coachella marked her first live performance since giving birth to her twins last June. “I was supposed to perform at Coachella before, but I ended up getting pregnant,” she explained to the crowd of fans (beehives) now known as BAK (BETA ALPHA KAPPA)
“So I had time to dream and dream and dream with two beautiful souls in my belly,” she continued, “and I dreamed up this performance- and a dream it was queen bee!!
BUT DID YOU GUYS EXPECT ANYTHING LESS?
According to TMZ, Beyoncé hired 100 new dancers a week before her Coachella debut, it was also reported that she rehearsed 11 hours a day and required dancers and crew to sign non-disclosure agreements.
1. Beyoncé U: Bow Down, Freshman Bitches
Don’t get it twisted: Beyoncé may have taken a year-long hiatus, but the class was back in session Saturday night – and the queen of pop came prepared to school the masses.
She emerged onto a catwalk as Queen Nefertiti reincarnate, donning a flat-topped black and gold headdress that resembles the Zulu tribe headdress. The drums rumbled behind her to opener “Crazy in Love,” slowed down to the tempo of “Pomp and Circumstance.”
2. The Buzz: Beyoncé’s personal marching band, orchestra and dance team
At first, glance, joining Beyoncé’s team of 100 seems as likely as winning the lottery. But be honest this crew earned it. Decked out in yellow and rhinestones, Bey’s marching band known as The Buzz does it all: they shred, they rumble, they step, they twerk, and snatch your wig off!!.
3. Set and Costume Design: Flawless, impeccable.
They started off as a pyramid structure split in two, revealing a set of bleachers(seats) for the band. A flashy take on-campus fashion, Beyoncé wore an original school crest, bedazzled with a black panther, a bust of Nefertiti, a black power fist and a sparkling bee; and we are sure this will sell as merchandise during her OTR II with (JAY-Z). Her customs were made by Balmain.
6. Beyoncé: A Genealogy in Songs.
Bey’s Saturday night set was nothing short of amazing, it was a trip down memory lane of a 20-year music career and performance that is still incomparable.
She didn’t just perform her songs, she gave us black excellence in her choice of songs: She followed her 2016 battle cry, “Freedom,” with the Black National Anthem, James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson’s “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”
Nina Simone’s “Lilac Wine” and Fela Kuti’s “Zombie” and plus a New Orleans brass vibes of “Single Ladies” sent the crowd and those of us watching at home singing and dancing happily through the night.
8. All in the Family: Cameos
Talks of potential celebrity cameos went on for months – but clearly, it was a family affair on Saturday night. Solange stopped by to share a blazing dance number with her big sis to their co-written 2006 hit, “Get Me Bodied.” She and hubby Jay Z were a united front on stage. The two made supersize heart eyes at each other while engaging the crowd with “Déjà Vu” reminding us that their tour is coming up!! lol
9. Destiny’s Child Reunites
Should we say more? I mean Destiny’s Child reunites!!. Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams rose like Charlie’s Angels on either side of Beyoncé as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s speech, “We Should All Be Feminists,” playing across the field.