Coachella is now ‘Beychella’ after Beyoncé delivered what fans are calling her best performance of all time. While taking the stage to close out the festival day on Saturday (April 14), the singer made history as the first black woman to headline the music festival.
“Thank you Coachella for allowing me to be the first black woman to headline,” she said mid-performance. “Ain’t that bout a bitch?”
Beyoncé didn’t hold back with her performance and continued to show what blackness means to her by framing the performance as a homecoming halftime show at a historically black college or university highlighting the theme of black pride and higher education.
Complete with a drumline, step-team and majorettes, Beyoncé practically created her own university. The fraternity brothers on stage bore the same Greek letters as Beyoncé’s cropped sweatshirt: Beta Delta Kappa and she had reimagined some of her biggest hits as marching-band renditions to give the audience the full effect of being at a HBCU.
She sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which is commonly known as the black national anthem and even went as far as using snippets from a Malcolm X speech where he puts emphasis on the black woman in America.
Beyoncé allowed her creativity to shine through during this performance all while paying homage to the fabric of black American life and history, in a place you’d least expect like Coachella.
Although having been forced to cancel her appearance at Coachella last year after announcing that she was expecting twins, she revealed that she used those nine months to envision and dream up this performance.
“I had time to dream and dream and dream with two beautiful souls in my belly, and I dreamt up this performance” she said. “And this is more than I ever dreamt of it being. And thank you guys for sharing this with me. I hoped you all enjoyed the show. I worked very hard.”