Beyoncé performs her first live show in over four years, singing rarely played tunes on stage and singing along with her daughter. Carter’s Blue Ivy.
The Grammy Award-winning star performed for a nearly 75-minute show Saturday at the Dubai To help launch the city’s new luxury and luxury hotel, Atlantis Royal. Among those present at the invite-only event was her husband Jay Zand parents Tina Knowles-Lawson and Matthew Knowles and her three children, as well as celebrity guests, influencers, and businessmen associated with the hotel.
“My beautiful kids are here to watch their mommy play,” Beyoncé told the audience.
Blue Ivy, 11, received a standing ovation from the audience as she took the stage to open the song “Brown Skin Girl,” her collaboration with her mother who both won Grammy Awards in 2021.
“Where are all my brown girls? Give it to my baby, my brown girl, Miss Blue Ivy Carter,” Beyoncé said.
Blue Ivy — who made a cameo during her mom’s performance at the Oscars last year — wore a red bodysuit and sneakers, and her mom touched her face as she sang the track that celebrates dark-skinned and brown women. They also did some choreography together.
“I love all black girls. If you like black girls, help me sing,” said Beyoncé.
In a bright yellow ensemble, Beyoncé kicked off the concert by singing her version of Etta James’ “At Last,” which she covered in 2008 when she played James in Cadillac records. Beyoncé also sang the classic song during Barack Obama’s first dance with Michelle Obama on his inauguration night in 2009.
“Hi everyone. I feel very honored to be here,” she told the attendees, who were not allowed to videotape or take pictures of the ceremony.
Beyoncé didn’t sing any tunes from her latest album, Renaissance, but she sang numbers she hadn’t sung in a long time, including “Beautiful Liar,” “I Care,” “Ave Marie,” and “Flaws and All.” She provided a soft, mostly acoustic-style set throughout the concert.
The singer performed alongside a full band, several background dancers and Firdaus’ 48-person orchestra – all dressed in bright red. The Lebanese delicate dance troupe Al-Mayass, which is only female, won the delicate dance America’s Got Talent Last year, I also performed and wowed the audience. Fireworks exploded in the sky and the sides of the luxury hotel.
But Beyoncé also brought the energy.
Returning for her third band—this time in a tight red dress and red pantyhose—she went out to sing “Crazy In Love”, beginning with the slowed down, remixed version of the song. But then Sasha Fierce stepped in and dancer Beyoncé was very much alive. She continued to captivate the audience with upbeat songs like “Counting Down” and “Naughty Girl”, and danced in the water while singing “Drunk In Love”. The concert ended with the national anthem rising into the air while the fireworks display continued.
Beyoncé also sang the songs “Halo”, “XO”, “Be Alive”, “Freedom”, “Spirit” and “Bigger”. She mixed in some 1990s Camp Lo musical “Luchini AKA This Is It” with “Flaws and All”, and in “Naughty Girl” she woven in some 2000s British Indian musician Panjabi MC’s “Mundian To Bach Ke” Which got the crowd excited (Jay-Z appeared on the remix, which helped make the song popular in the US).
“Where are my naughty girls?” I asked the crowd.
Beyoncé also gave a loud growl after shaking her hips on her signature song of Shakira’s name, “Pretty Liar.” The singer wore designs by Atelier Zahra from Dubai, Nicolas Gibran from Lebanon, Frolov from Ukraine, and Dolce and Gabbana. Veteran choreographer Fatima Robinson worked on the live performance.
The private concert in Dubai has been buzzing for months now – and social media exploded this week with various rumors about Beyoncé performing in the city. Guests included Kendall Jenner, Rebel Wilson, Ellen Pompeo, Winston Duke, Letitia Wright, Liam Payne, Chloe x Haley, Bar Refaeli, and Swedish House Mafia, who performed at the hotel after Beyoncé.
The last time Beyoncé performed live was in December 2018. Her Dubai concert comes two weeks before the 2023 Grammy Awards, where she is Nominated for nine honors And he could set a record by becoming the most awarded Grammy winner of all time.