R&B diva Beyoncé delivered a stunning concert at CenturyLink Field on Wednesday, May 18, performing songs of female empowerment from her three most recent albums, including the acclaimed “Lemonade.”
Performing before tens of thousands of fans at CenturyLink Field, R&B diva Beyoncé delivered a stunning concert packed with songs from her three most recent albums, emphasizing material from her critically acclaimed new recording, “Lemonade,” which explores issues of infidelity and female empowerment.
Girl power was also evident in the 34-year-old singer’s choice of songs and in the backing of her tightly choreographed, all-female dance troupe, as well as the rabid enthusiasm of female fans often referred to as the BeyHive. Enhancing the show were pyrotechnic columns and a massive, rotating video cube that illuminated the entire stadium.
Beyoncé beamed when fans sang along, particularly during the new songs “Hold Up” and “All Night.”
Introducing the powerful ballad “Me, Myself and I,” she said, “If someone breaks your heart … you’re not alone.”
Most Read Entertainment Stories
- At Cirque du Soleil's 'Alegría' at Marymoor Park, less is more
- UW paleoclimatologist Lisa Graumlich chats about Netflix’s hit satire film ‘Don’t Look Up’
- Now streaming: 'The Gilded Age,' 'In From the Cold,' 'The Afterparty,' 'The Eyes of Tammy Fay' and more
- Seattle-area event cancellations and delays follow coronavirus omicron surge
- Seattle Public Library selects finalists for chief librarian position
Throughout the show, which included some deeply reflective moments and edgy videos, Lady Bey came across as warm and genuine, even inspirational.
“I wake up every morning and thank the Lord that I’m able to do what I love,” she said.
During rigorous dance routines, she didn’t miss a note or appear winded.
Costumes were plentiful and frequently changed, from sexy red vinyl outfits to vintage majorette uniforms.
After a raucous opening set by DJ Khaled, Beyoncé and her dance troupe, wearing black leotards and wide-brimmed bolero hats, kicked off the set with the powerful “Formation.”
Pyrotechnic columns warmed the chilly night air and a monolithic video cube (a technical marvel) illuminated the entire stadium, displaying close-ups of Beyoncé and her troupe as they danced on the main stage and on an extension that jutted into the audience.
The singer interspersed her new song “Sorry” with samples from the 1960 Brenda Lee classic “I’m Sorry.”
For “Freedom,” “Survivor” (from her days with trio Destiny’s Child) and “Halo,” Beyoncé and her troupe danced barefoot in a shallow wading pool on the extended stage.
Late in the set, she paid tribute to Prince by simply playing “Purple Rain” over the sound system.
Queen Bey opened the Formation tour last month in Miami, shortly after the release of “Lemonade,” a bold, soul-searching album whose songs allude to marital problems with her husband, Jay Z.
But she closed the show with a fireworks-enhanced “Halo,” from her 2008 album, “I Am … Sasha Fierce,” featuring film clips of tender moments with Jay Z and their daughter, Blue Ivy.