“Y’all ready Coachella?” With those words, Beyonce began her set Saturday evening (April 14), and went on to deliver a breathtaking performance, completely mesmerizing everyone — and making history as the first woman of color to headline the music festival.
Beyonce and her Coachella appearance, dubbed #Beychella, ruled the headlines – not to mention the universe! – with her incredible performances rich in culture, and infused with intelligent visuals and symbolism. Music artistry and entertainment at its very finest.
The 36-year-old wowed the audience with hit after hit, and weaved in memorable appearances by some of the most significant people in her life and career: She had a dance-off with sister Solange Knowles in “Get Me Bodied”, sizzled with husband Jay-Z in “Deja-Vu”… and then there was the surprise Destiny’s Child reunion (after months and months of speculation and hopeful anticipation) with Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams joining her on stage to perform their hits – definitely an OMG moment!
Beyonce’s universally praised Coachella set was indeed a historic moment. And as the first woman of color to headline, Queen Bey made sure everyone would stand up and take notice – not just of her immense talent, but of what the evening represented: She honored the great men and women of color who went before her and in her own way brought them with her on stage.
Before singing “Run The World (Girls)”, she said:
“Coachella, thank you for allowing me to be the first black woman to headline.”
Queen Bey, thank YOU.