She’s made history as the first black woman to headline Coachella, and Beyoncé owned it.
Her nearly two-hour performance had majorettes, dancing, a Destiny’s Child reunion and cameos by hubby Jay-Z and sister Solange.
“Thank you for allowing me to be the first black woman to headline Coachella,” she said halfway through her performance.
The Coachella livestream allowed people around the world to watch B in action and the festival found itself changing its name to BeyChella in honour of her historic performance.
Queen Bey dominated the stage, backed by a marching band, historically used in black college football half-time shows. Her powerful message overshadowed the laidback atmosphere that Coachella generally represents, giving rise to Beychella. The New York Times labelled her as “bigger than Coachella” and fans around the world agreed.
The memes were off the hook, and mense were going gaga on social media.
@JanelleMonae tweeted: “My QUEEN for life. Always. And forever. You continuously make me feel so proud to be a Black woman & artist . Last night was EXCEPTIONAL. We must protect you at all costs!”
My QUEEN for life . Always . And forever . You continuously make me feel so proud to be a Black woman & artist . Last night was EXCEPTIONAL . We must protect you at all costs ! 🙌🏾🙏🏿 #BEYCHELLA pic.twitter.com/KNsKuDB7gX
@TheYonceNews wrote: “Beyoncé even managed to do a nail change. She is literally a goddess. #BEYCHELLA.”