WATCH: Beyoncé turns Coachella into Beychella

Gil Cadiz

We already know that Beyoncé is an electrifying musician but her recent performance at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival slapped us anew with the incontestable fact that she’s not just a powerhouse performer, she’s Queen Bey!

She’s the first woman of color to have been invited to headline the festival and to mark this feat, she put up a show that will no doubt be remembered for the ages. She proved that she’s bigger than Coachella!

Everything about the show was spectacular – from her five costume changes and trademark dance moves to her indefatigable vocals and crowd-pleasing surprise guests, she gave the audience an experience of a lifetime.

Queen Bey made her entire performance a homage to historically black colleges and universities and made it a visual treat by hiring a 200-person ensemble comprising a marching band, step teams and dance troupes who were all dressed in bright yellow and performed with equally jaw-dropping precision on a set that looks like bleachers shaped like a pyramid. There were fireworks and pyrotechnics, too, but even these couldn’t hold a candle to the biggest dynamite of all, Beychella!

Get this, she performed for almost two hours, taking very little breaks. The one lesson other performers can take away from this phenomenon: when you get invited to a festival, don’t just perform in it, own it!

Here’s her stunning Crazy In Love opening number only a true queen can pull off.

Hubby Jay-Z joined her on stage to perform Déjà Vu, one of the highlights of the night.

Destiny’s Child reunited! Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams joined Queen Bey for a medley of their hits Lose My Breath, Say My Name and Soldier.

During one of the breaks, Queen Bey’s former tour opener DJ Khaled announced over the festival speakers an important mandate: “Coachella, gotta rename Coachella the Beychella. New name alert.”

We couldn’t agree more.

Watch Queen Bey’s full performance here.

 

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