Iyoncé looked every inch the proud mother as she invited 11-year-old daughter Blue Ivy Carter to join her on stage in Dubai on Saturday night for her first live show since 2018.
The 41-year-old singer kept a reassuring hand on the clearly nervous youngster’s back as she joined him for a rendition of her 2019 Grammy Award-winning song, Brown Skin Girl.
While this was Blue Ivy’s first performance on a public stage, the future superstar performed alongside her mother in pre-recorded situations.
Beyonce headlines during the opening of the new hotel Atlantis The Royal in Dubai.
The ultra luxury resort – which took eight years to build – covers 63 hectares, has 795 rooms and suites, countless hospitality venues and no less than 90 swimming pools.
The Standard was one of a select number of VIPS and media invited to experience the awe-inspiring new hotel and watch an hour-long outdoor spectacular, for which Beyonce was reportedly paid $24m.
She certainly got a lot of bang for her buck as the Break My Soul hit-maker’s set included at least three costume changes.
The former Destiny’s Child star made it a girl power affair as she was accompanied by Firdaus, a 48-person all-female orchestra mentored by Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman.
She was also joined by America’s Got Talent winners The Mays and an all-female precision dance group from Lebanon, with choreography by Emmy-nominated Fatima Robinson.
Security was tight for the highly anticipated gig, with invitees instructed to wear a special magnetic pin and a “sculpture” bracelet, designed by Pichulik, a women’s run, handmade jewelery atelier based in South Africa. Is.
There was also a strict “no phones” policy that required attendees to keep their mobiles inside specially provided bags bearing the name of the hotel and the date of the three-day long launch activities.
His hands instead held flutes of champagne filled with Moët & Chandon, which were free-flowing, and he also wrapped himself against the chilly wind with a specially provided black cashmere shawl.
Smokers were also told that they were unable to smoke under the terms and conditions of Beyoncé’s contract.
While Beyoncé didn’t perform any tracks from latest album Renaissance, she did perform some of her biggest hits, from Crazy in Love to Hello and Beautiful Liar, with her take on the Etta James classic At Last.
She brought her masterclass to a close by playing fan-favorite Dunk in Love as she soared sixteen feet in the air amid Skyblaze, the world’s only performance fountain.
As his last note ended, a fireworks and drone extravaganza literally lit up the hotel.
Supergroup Swedish House Mafia then came over for a final DJ set including their hit One and Don’t You Worry Child.
Beyoncé had initially excitedly told the crowd that her family, including husband Jay-Z, 53, and their children Blue and five-year-old twins Rumi and Sir Carter, were there to watch.
Her mother Tina Knowles, father Matthew Knowles and stepmother Gena Avery also flew in to support her.
Other VIP guests walking the specially created blue carpet were model Kendall Jenner, actress Rebel Wilson, singer Chloe X Halle, actress Letitia Wright and actor Winston Dukes.
Britain was represented by former One Direction star Liam Payne as well as celebrity couples Millie Mackintosh and Hugo Taylor, Rochelle and Marvin Humes, Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan, plus Ronan and Storm Keating.
Israeli model Bar Refaeli, actress Ellen Pompeo and Kim Kardashian’s best friend Jonathan Cheban also invited themselves.
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