What’s that we hear? Oh, it’s the sound of Beyoncé raising the bar above any other Coachella performer. And she worked hard to move it. Almost two hours of impeccable choreography, pitch-perfect singing and legendary guest appearances may just have given the mum-of-three the title of greatest entertainer in the world.
“Y’all ready Coachella?,” Bey asked the adoring crowd as she strutted on stage wearing a bespoke Balmain headdress, body suit and cape embellished with thousands of black and gold sequins. The 36-year-old opened the set singing Crazy In Love (what else?), accompanied by a brass marching band – and in that moment she became the first woman of colour to headline the Palm Springs music festival in its 19-year history. With this in mind, Bey took the opportunity to acknowledge the Black Power movement by belting out a rendition of Lift Every Voice and Sing, also known as the African/American national anthem.
The star – who was meant to perform last year but rescheduled after falling pregnant – was joined onstage by approximately 100 dancers, singers and musicians, but the first famous face came in the form of her husband Jay Z, 48. The pair affectionately performed Déjà Vu – then, a true surprise: a reunion with her former Destiny’s Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams for Baby Boy, Say My Name and Lose My Breath.
Beyoncé – who also performed a high-energy dance routine with sister Solange – collaborated with Balmain Creative Director Olivier Rousteing on the five bespoke looks. These included a black latex suit with OTK boots, a sequinned bodysuit and yellow sweatshirt, denim shorts and iridescent tinsel boots. Reflecting on their work together, Oliver gushed, “She has a strong, personal vision and love for fashion – one which I found to be very inspiring.”
While Rihanna looked on, Beyoncé closed the show with Love On Top. And it looks like that’s where she’s staying.