Just as the Coachella Music and Arts Festival sets the bar for all other American music festivals of the summer, Beyoncé sets the bar consistently for all other performers.
A year after postponing her set as headliner in 2017 due to pregnancy, Beyoncé tried her return to the stage as a family reunion, a welcome rally and a unifying rebellious cry from Beyhive before heading into battle.
To begin his two-hour show, Queen Bey evoked the spirit of another member of black royalty, the Egyptian queen Nefertiti, who appears in a cape and headdress inlaid with gold from Balmain.
While a dance band and percussion line caught the attention of the audience, Bey made a quick change in denim shorts, a hoodie with a college hood and iridescent brown boots. He traversed two decades of his successes as he ascended a pyramid of bleachers, employed color guard dancers and staffs that moved with precision on each note, and even had a pseudo university show that recalls a historically black performance of the fraternity.
Over an hour in the show, Bey inexplicably caught her second blast (without really losing the first one) introducing her husband, rapper Jay-Z, on stage for a preview of the couple's summer tour The race II.
She kept the family's love flowing by inviting her former members of Destiny & # 39; s Child – "my sisters" – to Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams on stage for a medley of hits like "Lose My Breath ". And Solange's appearance for a "Get Me Bodied" fight with Bey set a new standard for sibling goals.
As the first black woman to head Coachella in the 19-year history of the festival, Bey also took the opportunity to pay tribute to the black leaders and visionaries who have inspired their own mastery.
The music and voice clips of Nina Simone, Maya Angelou and Malcolm X worked as audios to change performance trajectories, while hip-hop fans aware of the crowd greeted dance breakdowns of rap legends songs Southern like Master P, Pastor Troy, Fast Life Yungstaz. A version of "Welcoming Every Voice and Sing" by James Weldon Johnson, a song affectionately known as the "Black National Anthem", made a statement without complexes of strength and endurance.
With this highly conceptual performance that marks the reintroduction of the star in the world after having twins, Beyoncé not only raised the bar for herself but for all other artists of the festival this year.