Hours before Beyoncé took to the stage during Weekend 1 of Coachella this past Saturday, a message was posted on her Facebook page that read:
This message stands as something less than a warning, but rather something on par with the echos of a battle cry. Queen Bey teased the masses with the promise of salvation and glory during her Saturday night set at the famed desert music festival, and speaking quite frankly, none of us will ever truly be ready for what that night brought forth.
The 36-year-old artist went full formation with a marching band and drumline, an epic Destiny's Child reunion, and cameos from husband Jay Z, and sister Solange. The nearly two-hour long set instantly secured it's place in pop culture history, being hailed as the most consequential live performance of the 21st century. But the bulk of it's origin story dates back to the onset of 2017, when Queen Bey had to pull out of her planned Coachella slot due to her pregnancy. It's clear to see now that all those months of planning since last year has finally cooked something truly remarkable up, complete with hot audacious flare.
This recipe is Beychella, a HBCU-themed musical, spirit rally featuring spins on all of Beyoncé's classics.
The most surreal part of Saturday night was the deep emotional current felt between the fans and Bey as she performed a medley of all her hits, a cover of "Lift Every Voice and Sing," and played snippets of speeches/quotes by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Malcolm X. The entire performance was a proud and moving tribute to the Black community and should not be mistaken as a simple festival set. No, this was an all-out production.
I just saw the greatest show to ever happen. @beyonce
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) April 15, 2018
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) April 15, 2018
Not only that, but it was a masterclass in musical arrangement - the references weaved in, the nods, the BAND/Drumline .... @Beyonce .... the hair, the face, the styling those BOOTS. I can’t. #Beycheclla #gagged
— ADAM LAMBERT (@adamlambert) April 15, 2018
Went to the club, came home and fell asleep on my sofa and woke up jusssst in time for Beyoncé’s Coachella performance. Would you look at God?! pic.twitter.com/SA0GgaQ4ti
— Clardi B (@claraamfo) April 15, 2018
Beyoncé at Coachella will be on my mind all month
— Aja (@ajaqueen) April 15, 2018
Beyoncé is made of vibranium.
— ΒΔK. Spr 18. N0 4NG3L Z0. (@fonzfranc) April 15, 2018
As Bey closed out her most successful performance to date, the queen had this to say to her public: "Thank you for allowing me to be the first Black woman to headline Coachella. I just want to say thank you guys. I am so happy you are here. We worked real hard and I loved seeing all of your faces."
As if her mind-blowing set wasn't already an absolute triumph, Beyoncé revealed on Monday morning that the set’s collegiate theme actually pointed toward her scholarship program, the BeyGOOD initiative, where she just donated $100,000 in scholarships to Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Your hard work has payed off ma'am, both on stage and on campus! We'll be thinking about your accomplishments 'til the end of time!