Courtesy of EOnline:
Bow down to Queen Bey.
Jay Z assembled an all-star lineup for the TIDAL X: 1020 Amplified by HTC concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn Tuesday. Beyoncé was the final act to take the stage before Jay Z returned for an encore of “Empire State of Mind.” Other performers included Nicki Minaj, T.I., Usher, Nick Jonas, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross,Fabolous, French Montana, Damian Marley, Indochine, Thomas Rhett, Alessia Cara, Benjamin Booker, Justine Skye and Flatbush Zombies, among many others. Though Prince had previously been announced as a performer, the legendary musician had to back out to do another engagement.
The star-studded TIDAL concert was live-streamed for both subscribers and non-subscribers. The event aimed to raise “awareness, funds, conscious engagement, and dynamic action for transformative and positive social impact worldwide.” It donated 100 percent of ticket sales’ proceeds to charities via New World Foundation; TIDAL matched all proceeds from the pre-sale.
Prior to her performance, Beyoncé posed for photographers on the red carpet. She wore a low-cut, cleavage-baring dress by Philipp Plein. The 34-year-old entertainer completed her risqué, fashion forward look with Christian Louboutin heels, Georgine fur and Lorraine Schwartz jewels.
Beyoncé didn’t take the stage until just before 11 p.m.
Though Beyoncé kept her hair in a super-high ponytail, she traded her dress for a pink leotard. After Minaj performed a medley of hits, including “Moment for Life” and “Truffle Butter,” she launched into “Feeling Myself.” A few bars in, Beyoncé and a dance troupe appeared onstage. Tuesday marked the first time that Minaj and Beyoncé had performed their hit single together.
Beyoncé brought out another special guest—Jay Z—when she sang “Holy Grail.” In fact, as she told the audience, “This is my favorite song to sing with my husband.” When she hit one of the high notes, Jay Z said, “Ladies and gentleman, you are in the presence of greatness! Make some noise for the one and only Queen Bey!” When the song ended, they shared a quick kiss onstage.
Earlier that night, Jay Z taped an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! around the corner at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The rapper gave the entire studio audience tickets to the show. With Jimmy Kimmel by his side, HOV even escorted hundreds of people to the venue himself.