Ionce has taken the stage for his first headline concert since 2018, performing at a private hotel launch event in Dubai.
In a lavish performance at Atlantis The Royal – billed as the world’s most ultra-luxury resort – the singer was joined by 11-year-old daughter Blue Ivy, a duet from the 2019 album The Lion King: The Gift to Brown Skin Girl.
Opening their 90-minute set with their cover of Etta James’ At Last, they wowed a 1,500-strong crowd with fan favorites like Crazy in Love, Naughty Girl, Halo and XO – Drunk in Love as Fireworks concluding with a rendition of Akash.
Taking to the stage in a yellow sequined gown with sculpted feather cape, the 41-year-old was flanked by a full band, a Middle Eastern orchestra and dancers in scarlet sequined outfits and full skirts.
During a set that relied heavily on songs that had rarely or never been performed live before, the singer chose not to debut any tracks from latest album Renaissance, which has been nominated for two Grammys. has gone.
“People from all over the world are a utopia on this stage and we are so honored to be here to celebrate this night with you,” Beyoncé said.
“My parents are here tonight to celebrate – my mom and my dad. My beautiful children are here to see me perform and my beautiful husband is here.
She later changed into a red and gold bejeweled body suit with a huge train and completed a third costume change with a red corseted minidress with matching stockings and gloves.
The star was rumored to have been paid $24 million (£19.4m) for the exclusive concert, which was attended by celebrities including Kendall Jenner, Liam Payne, Ronan Keating, Rochelle and Marvin Humes and British Vogue editor Edward Enninful. Had taken.
“We have given him creative control. It’s her art – we want her to express her art in her own way,” managing director Tim Kelly told the PA news agency ahead of the performance.
“I cannot express enough the level of professionalism and discipline you have with the rehearsal.
“She’s been on stage, rehearsing and performing since she arrived last week, and she’s been developing and curating a performance.
“She’s not taking a show out of the box because she doesn’t have a show in the box. You get full force Beyoncé.”
Asked if it was difficult to secure a global pop star for the launch, Mr Kelly said: “It took a long time, but it came together fairly quickly.
“This is a situation where she chooses what she wants to do. We are honoured, we are proud and for her to be in Dubai tonight to do this, it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
“We’ve always expressed that this is an iconic building, and then to have the most iconic artist available on the planet today, who hasn’t been seen on public display in four years, is truly the night of the icon.”
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