Beyoncé headlined her first concert in four years, and it was an extravagant affair.
Queen B hit the stage Saturday for what was billed as the unofficial opening of the Atlantis the Royal Hotel in Dubai. Her production company, Parkwood Entertainment, released a short clip of the fireworks that went off before Beyonce belted out her first tune, which was rendition of Etta James’ 1960 classic “At Last.”
According to a news release following the performance, Beyoncé was accompanied by Firdaus, a 48-person all-female orchestra, mentored by Academy Award-winning composer, A.R. Rahman. “America’s Got Talent” winners, The Mayyas, an all-female precision dance group from Lebanon, were also featured on stage, with stunning choreography by Emmy-nominated Fatima Robinson.
At one point, Beyonce was raised 16 feet into the air “amidst one of the world’s unique performance fountains, Skyblaze. Surrounded by a field of water and fire, a powerful rendition of “Drunk in Love” closed the magnificent and awe-inspiring show.”
While spectators were told to keep cell phones stored in designated pouches for the evening’s hour-long performance, journalists and other attendees still managed to record some of Bey’s act, which included fireworks, rain and being raised to the sky.
Manuel Arnaut, the editor in chief of Vogue Arabia, took to Instagram and shared video of the songstress taking to the sky.
“Like a true goddess, tonight @beyonce literally ascended to the skies of Dubai, to celebrate the opening of @atlantistheroyal,” he wrote in the caption. “The concert included different moments that paid a well curated homage to the region, such as the inclusion of songs by Warda and Fairuz, Batwanness Beek and Li Beirut, but also the Lebanese dance group @mayyasofficial. Shukran, Queen B! Check the spectular finale of the event. #voguearabia.”
— Beyoncé Charts (@beycharts) January 21, 2023
🚨 Beyoncé cantando “Naughty Girl”. pic.twitter.com/5m3jOGwEEJ
— Beyoncé Brasil (@beyoncebrasil) January 21, 2023
Beyoncé also belted out “XO,” “Brown Skin Girl,” “Naughty Gir,” “Crazy in Love,” “Halo” and other Renaissance songs. The outlet also reported Jay-Z attended the event and he was spotted in his own private box. The rapper and singer’s 11-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, not only attended the event, but she also took part in it.
Someone in attendance managed to pull their phone out and record the moment when Blue Ivy came out decked in a red outfit to perform “Brown Skin Girl.”
While Beyoncé, who released her seventh studio album Renaissance six months ago, did perform two songs live at Kobe and Gianna Bryant’s tribute at Staples Center in 2020, this concert in Dubai, according to the Daily Mail, is her first first proper live show since she hit the stage at the Global Citizen Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa back in December 2018.
Some of the star-studded celebrities in attendance at the Dubai affair included Kendall Jenner, Rebel Wilson, Halle Bailey, Nia Long, Corey Stokes, Liam Payne, Ellen Pompeo and her husband, Chris Ivery.
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