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Beyoncé Set to Perform at City of Hope Gala

September 17, 2018

It was announced today that global icon Beyoncé will perform at the City of Hope gala on October 11 in Los Angeles. This will mark her first solo performance following the successful run of the biggest tour of the summer, with JAY-Z. OTRII stadium tour started in Cardiff, UK in June and is scheduled to wrap on October 4 in Seattle, Washington.

City of Hope, a world-renowned independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases, is honoring Jon Platt, Chairman and CEO of Warner/Chappell Music, with its prestigious Spirit of Life® award. Platt has worked with Beyoncé since 2005.

Inspired by the guiding humanitarian principles of City of Hope and motivated by the institution's commitment to innovative medical research and compassionate patient care, a group of key industry executives founded the charity’s Music, Film and Entertainment Industry Group in 1973. In its 45-year history, the group has raised more than $118 million for City of Hope and has honored some of the most important figures in the music and entertainment industry.

The evening’s host will be producer/entertainer Pharrell Williams and JAY-Z, multi-Grammy winner/entrepreneur, will present the award to Platt.

“Beyoncé agreed to perform without a moment’s hesitation, and that wasn’t just for me,” said Jon Platt. “She wanted to be part of our celebration for the patients, doctors, scientists, and nurses who make City of Hope a place where miracles can happen. That’s what makes her a cultural icon. She’s not only a genius, in a class of her own, but she has phenomenal heart and soul, and she knows how to use them. This event is going to be one for the ages.”

Beyonce & Jay-Z to Headline Global Citizen Festival

July 10, 2018


Beyonce, Jay-Z and Ed Sheeran will headline a special Global Citizen Festival in honor of Nelson Mandela in South Africa on Dec. 2. The concert, which will be held at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, will mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of the anti-apartheid leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner, organizers announced early Monday. Mandela died in 2013.

Others performing at the festival include Usher, Eddie Vedder, a joint set from Pharrell Williams and Coldplay’s Chris Martin, and African artists including Wizkid, Cassper Nyovest and Femi Kuti.

OTR II Tour Architect Reveals New Content Will Be Added To The Show

June 20, 2018

Nobody does a stadium show like Beyoncé. Back in 2016, when she was touring Lemonade, she took with her a 60-foot “monolith” to project mountainous videos at her audience – it was so big that some venues had to reduce the size of the audience in order to fit the stage. This time around, for her second On The Run tour with Jay-Z, the dynamic stage feels lighter – but it provides a number of “oh shit!” moments (not only when the couple end their show by dropping a new album, as they did on Saturday June 16 in London).

The stage is mainly constructed of two catwalks, which Bey and Jay use to perform independently of one another; at the end of the show, a giant bridge connects the two, floating over the audience as it does so. More impressive than this is the backdrop of the stage, which is dominated by two giant video screens (each of which, designer Ric Lipson tells me, is the size of “a London street”). At various points in the show, these screens split open, to reveal a four-storey structure, on which figures dance, play instruments, and sometimes create a silhouetted tableau. It’s reminiscent of the thrum of vibrant energy that Bey brought with her to this year’s Coachella performances, where she chose to perform in front of college-style bleachers packed with 120 dancers and instrumentalists, rather than the screens that usually dominate massive arena pop shows.

The show was brought to life by Stufish, a London-based entertainment architectural firm who also worked on the stage that was used for Beychella (as well as having a storied history producing shows for Lady Gaga, Queen, and U2). Dazed spoke to Stufish architect Ric Lipson about how the stage design reflected Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s narrative of forgiveness and reconciliation, why Beyoncé altered the design to accommodate a huge band, and how the show may change as it keeps travelling.

Beyoncé's Choreographers Talk Coachella

May 3, 2018

Since November, Chris Grant and JaQuel Knight have been up to their elbows in marching bands, musicians and dancers — dozens of men and women from an array of traditions.

Beyoncé may have been front and center at her spectacular Coachella performances last month. But two of her secret weapons were Mr. Grant and Mr. Knight, the show’s main choreographers.

From the start Beyoncé was clear about what she wanted. “She said, ‘Let’s do a homecoming,’” Mr. Knight said. “Boom. A nice, clear concept that we were all able to snap into and execute.”

In the nearly two-hour performance, references to homecoming at historically black colleges and universities (H.B.C.U.s) — complete with a marching band and a glittering majorette solo — lived alongside dance styles ranging from flexing, a form born on the streets of Brooklyn, to stepping, a percussive form popular in fraternities and sororities.

Beginning in December, Mr. Grant and Mr. Knight worked with Beyoncé’s music team and started their preliminary dance preparations. By January, they started skeleton-crew rehearsals. “We worked with 12 dancers for a month just to start to further develop the ideas that we laid down in December,” Mr. Knight said. “We started to build choreography.”

New Additions to Beychella Pop-Up Shop

April 30, 2018

Two more items have been added to Beyonce's Coachella Pop-Up Store. Shop now!

Michelle Williams Talks Beyonce's Coachella Performance

April 29, 2018

Michelle Williams knows how to keep a secret. “We’re the secret queens,” the singer tells Billboard in the wake of performing two consecutive weekends at Coachella with headliner Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland. The trio, who rose to commercial acclaim in the late ‘90s and early aughts as Destiny’s Child, had been keeping the surprise under wraps since February, when Bey reached out to her former band members and asked them to join her for a medley of their mega-hits including “Say My Name,” “Lose My Breath” and “Soldier.”

“It’s just like old girlfriends coming together,” explains the 37-year-old, who last reunited as Destiny’s Child at the 2015 Stellar Awards where they performed her upbeat gospel single “Say Yes.” “It’s something that when the three of us come together, we all know we feel safe within each other. Like I got your back. We’re good. I really love that about us.”

Since Destiny’s Child went on hiatus in the wake of their last album, 2004’s Destiny Fulfilled, Williams hasn’t slowed. She’s put out four solo full-lengths including her final release, 2014’s Journey to Freedom (which won’t be her last); starred on stage as leads in Chicago and Aida; launched her own furniture and candle line Believe by Michelle; and, more recently, got engaged to pastor Chad Johnson just prior to her Coachella performance. Still teeming with excitement from the pair of shows, Williams explains how it all came together.

There were rumors before Coachella that a Destiny’s Child reunion might happen. How did the conversations begin for this? Did Beyoncé call you and just say, “It’s time?”

Coachella Weekend 2 Rehearsals

April 22, 2018

Beyonce.com was updated with photos from the rehearsals for Beyonce's second performance at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.



Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival - Weekend 2

April 22, 2018

Beyoncé returned to Coachella last night for the second weekend—and her second performance as headliner. The performance wasn't streamed this time, and despite an initial announcement, SiriusXM radio's live stream didn't include her set.

Visually the show was refreshed, with Beyoncé and her 100 dancers and band members washed in shades of magenta and virtually every ensemble the singer wore was swapped out for a new look.

The set-list, however, remained untouched and she was again joined by husband Jay-Z, former Destiny's Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams as well as her sister Solange Knowles. There was an extra surprise, as the singer was also joined by J. Balvin for a quick run of "Mi Gente."

Beyoncé's Coachella merchandise collection was expanded with two new items, which are now available on the Coachella Pop-Up Store website.




Beyoncé Coachella Pop-Up Store

April 20, 2018

The Shop Beyoncé Coachella Collection is available now for a limited time: popup.beyonce.com

Beyonce's Second Coachella Weekend Performance Won't Be Streamed

April 19, 2018

Confirmed: Beychella’s second weekend won’t feature the exact same iconic set we saw before. Backup dancer Jo’Artis Mijo Ratti told Variety that the team is “switching up a couple things, so there could still be a wow factor.” The bad news: Beyoncé’s second Coachella set this weekend won’t stream on YouTube, nor are there plans to re-air it. However, members of the Beyhive can live-stream the audio for Weekend 2 on SiriusXM’s Coachella Radio.

Beyonce's Coachella Performance Broke YouTube Viewing Record

April 18, 2018

As arguably one of the best live shows of recent times, Beyoncé's Coachella performance broke a major viewing record on YouTube during its live stream on Saturday, April 14. According to a press release, this year's Coachella was reportedly the festival's biggest to date, bringing over 41 million live views from fans in 232 countries over the weekend. Beyoncé's Saturday stage show alone garnered 458K simultaneous viewers around the world, making her awe-inspiring presentation the most viewed Coachella performance of all time, as well as the most viewed live music festival ever on YouTube.

Amidst the performance, Beyoncé became the first black woman to ever headline Coachella in its nearly 20-year history, and she absolutely made it a point to use the platform to showcase all of the beauty of her roots throughout the entire history-making night. Making mention of the monumental moment, Beyoncé spoke to the audience, saying, “Thank you Coachella for allowing me to be the first black woman to headline."

Beyonce's Mom 'Stands Corrected' After Questioning Bey's Coachella Vision

April 17, 2018

Beyoncé's mom, Tina Knowles Lawson, knew her daughter would perform a headlining set for the ages at Coachella, but she was unsure as to how the performance would be received.

Now, she's admitting that she "stands corrected," as a revealing conversation with the pop star showed her how important it was for her to stick to her vision.

Lawson shared part of an intimate conversation between her and Beyoncé about the historic Coachella set, which drew inspiration from the marching bands, step teams and dance crews of HBCU, or Historically Black Colleges and Universities. "I told Beyoncé that i was afraid that the predominately white audience at Coachella would be confused by all of the black culture and Black college culture because it was something that they might not get," she writes.

"Her brave response to me made me feel a bit selfish and ashamed. She said 'I have worked very hard to get to the point where I have a true voice and at this point in my life and my career I have a responsibility to do whats best for the world and not what is most popular.'"

She went on to point out that Bey's mission was to unite the audience at Coachella and encourage understanding, even if they weren't familiar with HBCU: "She said that her hope is that after the show young people would research this culture and see how cool it is, and young people black and white would listen to 'LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING' and see how amazing the words are for us all and bridge the gap."

"She also hopes that it will encourage young kids to enroll in our amazing Historically Black Colleges and Universities," Lawson continued. "I stand corrected ❤️"

Olivier Rousteing on Dressing Beyoncé in Balmain for Coachella 2018

April 15, 2018

It all started when stylist Marni Senofonte approached Olivier Rousteing after his Fall 2018 runway show for Balmain and explained to him that she was trying to find the right designer to create custom looks for Beyoncé’s upcoming Coachella performances. “Marni told me that the shows were all about survivors and that B was looking for something in a military style,” Rousteing says. “Our silhouettes and our sort of Mad Max, futuristic take on military looks for Fall were a perfect fit.” But, of course, Queen Bey was not about to wear something that was going to be mass-produced, so Rousting went to work with Senofonte and the rest of Beyoncé’s team to create two custom Balmain stage wardrobes, one for each of her performances tonight and next Saturday night. Rousteing also dressed the 200-some dancers on stage, as well as Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, who reunited with Beyoncé for a Destiny’s Child throwback moment. Rousteing only had a few weeks to pull it all together, spending sleepless nights and long days creating the Egyptian-inspired gold-and-black cape with intricate embellishments; as well as a hologram-fabric black jacket and bodysuit; a collegiate-style embellished yellow hoodie with “BAE” written on the front; a camouflage and mesh minidress; and a top decorated with a 2018 Beyoncé crest that shows a bee, a raised fist, a panther, and an Egyptian goddess. “By the end it felt like Marni and I were in a relationship,” the designer said with a laugh. “We went to bed texting and emailing one another and woke up doing the same.”

Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2018 - Behind The Scenes

April 15, 2018

Beyonce.com was updated with tons of behind the scenes photos from the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.



Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2018 - Weekend 1

April 15, 2018

Beyonce performed during 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Field on April 14, 2018 in Indio, California. The singer prepared many surprises for her fans, including a Destiny’s Child reunion, as well as cameos from JAY-Z and Solange. Queen B also unveiled new merch at the festival. Watch the full performance and check out the setlist below.




Beyoncé Gives BeyHive a Shout-Out Before Coachella

April 14, 2018

Beyoncé posted a message for her fans who are attending Coachella on her Facebook page!

Beyoncé to reunite with Destiny's Child at Coachella?

April 14, 2018

Buzz that Beyoncé will reunite with Destiny’s Child at Coachella has come and gone — but a music insider tells Page Six, “It’s on!”

“Beyoncé and Destiny’s Child are reuniting,” claims the source. “It was teased, rumored, squashed, so nothing much else was said . . . But it’s happening.”

Beyoncé’s scheduled to perform solo on Saturday.

The insider said the added surprise is “to make up for the fact she was unable to perform last year,” when pregnant.

“The girls really wanted it and felt they owed it to the fans.”

Beyoncé's Coachella set to be live streamed on YouTube

April 10, 2018

Coachella organizers have confirmed details of the festival's first weekend live stream program, with Beyoncé's set among the highlights. The festival takes place between April 13-15 (and again April 20-22) with Bey due to make her live return on the Saturday night.

Other artists whose sets will be streamed live from Coachella include The Weeknd, St. Vincent, Tyler, the Creator, Migos, Kamasi Washington, Brockhampton, Kamaiyah, Moses Sumney, Perfume Genius, Haim, Alvvays, and more. The streams will be available on Coachella's YouTube page.

Jack White Created an Alternate Version of 'Daddy Lessons'

March 12, 2018

In the most recent Rolling Stone cover story, former White Stripes frontman Jack White revealed the existence of an unreleased version of Beyonce’s “Daddy Lessons.”

White spoke openly of his collaborations with Beyonce, saying the two were supposed to take to Saturday Night Live to perform "Don't Hurt Yourself" -- the searing cut from Lemonade that explicitly referred to Jay-Z’s infidelity, laced with White's cryptic guitar keys -- though the plan never came to fruition.

He also revealed another unreleased collab with Queen Bey, saying the singer had requested an (even more) country-inspired version of “Daddy Lessons,” citing blues musician Seasick Steve as the alternate arrangement’s inspiration. White was impressed by the request, but his version of the song remained unused on Lemonade.

Beyoncé Is Prepping for Coachella 2018 by Going Vegan

March 3, 2018

Beyoncé is going vegan (again!) to get performance ready for Coachella 2018.

The singer, who is taking to the Coachella stage in April, announced on Facebook Friday that she is returning to her 22 Days Nutrition plan in preparation.

“We have 44 days until Coachella!! Vegan Time!! Click the link to join me!! Mealplanner.22daysnutrition.com” Beyoncé captioned a photo of her fancy avocado toast as part of the plant-based food challenge which she co-founded in 2015.

Queen Bey also shared the first sneak peeks inside her Coachella rehearsals.

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Beyonce's performance during the Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show was nominated in three categories for this year's Emmy Awards. The winners of Creative Arts Emmy Awards were announced during a ceremony in Los Angeles on September 15 and Beyonce's performance won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety Series. Congratulations!

Also, the nominations for the upcoming MTV Europe Music Awards has just been announced and Beyonce is up for one award:

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Beyoncé
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Be sure to vote for her at www.mtvema.com!
LeBron James has another ring to add to his collection! The two-time basketball champion tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend Savannah Brinson on Saturday, Sept. 14, sources confirm to Us Weekly.

The newlyweds said "I do" at the Grand Del Mar hotel in San Diego, Calif., and were joined by some of their famous friends, including fellow NBA star Dwyane Wade, his actress love Gabrielle Union and singer Neyo.

And in a huge surprise for guests, Beyonce and Jay Z performed their 2003 hit "Crazy in Love" with a full band, a source revealed to Us. Queen Bey, 32, flew in for just one night, having just performed at a concert in Brazil Friday for the South American leg of her Mrs. Carter World tour. She will be flying back out for another Sunday.
Beyonce performed yesterday during the Rock in Rio festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At the end of the concert she asked the crowd to repeat XO, which is the title of the song she filmed a music video for last month, and danced to the song "Ah Lek Lek Lek"! You can watch the full performance below.



Chris Grant choreographed for Beyonce, and like many young dancers of his generation, it all started in front of the television in his mother's living room.

"I've been dancing since I was 2 and looking up to Michael Jackson from a very young age," Grant said in a recent interview with HuffPost Entertainment. "I would just come home from school and other people would go out and play or do sports, but I would just be stuck in front of my TV, replaying videos and learning every word and move and trying to figure out how he moved his body like that."

The dedication (or obsession) paid off: Jackson picked Grant to be a backup dancer on his ultimately ill-fated "This Is It" tour (Jackson died before the shows began). "For me to be at the audition, doing the same moves that I was doing in the living room in my mom's house was crazy for me," Grant said. "I had to pull myself together, especially when Michael walked into the room, and I did. I just pretended I was back in the room at my mom's house, I tuned everyone else out and I just gave it my all. Sure enough, he was able to see that."

And though dreams of touring with Jackson evaporated with the singer's death, Grant has played a part in the King of Pop's legacy, starring as Jackson himself in the "Michael Forever" tribute concert in 2011. So by the time he linked up with Beyonce, the contemporary performer who some have identified as coming closest to Jackson's combination of vocal ability and dance acumen, it's safe to say he had some confidence.

"I compare her to Michael because not only does she have the voice and the look, but the movement. The way it all ties together is just very important," Grant said of working with Beyonce. "Some people may lack the singing, the movement or the feeling, but she has it all. I was really intrigued by that, and I just wanted to help in any way that I could help. I sure learn from her -- she gives me a lot of information. That's what I love about the whole situation with her, is that we are learning from each other." Read more...
The 2013 Primetime Emmy Nominations are out, and rising Queen of All Media Beyonce has scored three nods for her instant-classic Super Bowl Halftime Show. The “Bow Down” singer may not have unveiled any new material at the most-watched event of the year on February 3, but she did briefly reunite Destiny’s Child and run through a string of hits so electrifying that the stadium lost power for about 20 minutes after her performance.

The whole spectacle is up for Outstanding Special Class – Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program, Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety Special and Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special.

Additionally, the last round of nominees for this year’s Teen Choice Awards has been announced and Beyonce got one more nod!

Choice Summer Tour
Beyonce, “The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour”
Bruno Mars, “The Moonshine Jungle Tour”
Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake, “Legends of the Summer Tour”
One Direction, “Take Me Home Tour”
Taylor Swift, “Red Tour 2013”

Back in May, she received a nomination for Choice R&B Artist. Click here to vote for her in both categories.
Beyonce performs on her "Mrs. Carter Show World Tour 2013" at American Airlines Center on Saturday, July 6 2013, in Dallas, Texas.


Beyonce performs on her "Mrs. Carter Show World Tour 2013" during the Essence Festival at the Superdome on Sunday, July 7, 2013, in New Orleans.


The singer updated her Tumblr with photos from the last three concerts and posted Hayden Williams' illustrations of her on Beyonce.com.

Beyonce performs on her "Mrs. Carter Show World Tour 2013", during the BET Experience music festival on Friday June 28, 2013, in Los Angeles.


The singer posted pictures from BET Experience rehearsals on her Tumblr and Instagram.


She also updated the BeyHive Blog with new Hot Links and added a #BeyGOOD T-Shirt to her official store, with all proceeds from the sales going to Goodwill Industries.
Eli Paperboy Reed

Yes Eli! - Thank you for your voice - it's beautiful. -Beyoncé


The Sound of Change

Change is Gonna Come & At Last

It was an honor to be part of The Sound of Change. This begins the process of change for everyone.

150 countries around the world will air this concert to reach more than a billion people.

This is only the beginning.

Visit chimeforchange.org to see how you too can get involved. Read more...
The inaugural Sound of Change concert, organized by Gucci’s Chime for Change charity organization, is set to air on NBC on Sunday, June 2nd.

ABC reveals on Thursday, “Highlights from next month’s Sound of Change Live concert in London, promoting improved education, health and justice for women and girls around the world, will be televised by NBC as a two-hour special.”

Headlined by Beyoncé, the concert will take place at London’s Twickenham Stadium on June 1st, featuring additional performances by Jay-Z, Jennifer Lopez, Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora, Florence + the Machine, Iggy Azalea, and John Legend.

Madonna, James Franco and Salma Hayek are among presenters for the evening.

Be sure to tune in to The Women’s Concert for Change: Live from London on Sunday, June 2nd at 9 p.m. Eastern on NBC.
Over the last three days I attened three Beyonce concerts: both shows in Berlin as well as her gig during the Orange Warsaw Festival in my home country! Unfortunately, I was able to take pictures only during the first Berlin concert, after which I also had the opportunity to meet Ty Hunter (Beyonce's stylist) and one of the Les Twins brothers. You can find all of my pics in the gallery along with professional photos from Warsaw and Munich.





Beyonce and Nine Inch Nails top an eclectic lineup for Budweiser's second annual Made In America Festival, scheduled to return to Philadelphia for Labor Day weekend on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. Jay-Z once again curated this year's roster, but will not perform unlike last year's headlining set. Tickets went on sale Wednesday to American Express cardmembers and fans of the Budweiser Made In America Facebook page exclusively through Tuesday April 16 at 10 p.m. ET. Public on sale begins Wednesday April 17.

Other performers announced today, via Made In America's Spotify playlist, include Queens of the Stone Age, Deadmau5, Phoenix, Calvin Harris, Empire of the Sun, Imagine Dragons, Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Miguel, Public Enemy, Nero, 2 Chainz, Gaslight Anthem, A$AP Rocky, Walk The Moon, Solange, Feed Me, Porter Robinson, Wolfgang Gartner, Emeli Sande, Haim, Schoolboy Q, Ab Soul, GTA, Robert DeLong, Red Light, Rudimental, Aluna George, Jay Rock, Jessie Rose and TJR.

"The point of having that diversity in our music lineup we’re trying to expose the people to different types of music," says Paul Chibe, Budweiser's VP of marketing. "Much like last year, where if you never saw Pearl Jam but you're a Jay-Z fan, we want fans of Beyonce or Calvin Harris or Wiz Khalifa to have the opportunity to see Nine Inch Nails or stuff they might have seen for awhile like Public Enemy. That eclectic mix creates an opportunity for us to really show the impact of music and culture."

The inaugural Made In America was a notable success, having grossed $5 million in ticket sales and attracting nearly 80,000 people, according to Billboard Boxscore. This year's festival will also once again benefit the United Ways of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, Lancaster County, PA. The festival will also be produced for a second year by ad agency Translation, in which Jay-Z is a partner.