Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter—our queen, Texas forever like Bun B, 36-year-old mother of three, 22-time Grammy Award winner, possessor of super-human levels of sheer perfection—just killed Coachella. It is dead. RIP.
That's because nothing—no hologram Tupacs, no incredibly uncomfortable Madonna and Drake make-out sessions—will ever compare to the caliber of performance Beyoncé delivered on Saturday night during the first weekend of this year's famed festival in California's desert valley city of Indio. As the first black woman to headline the festival, she literally made history with her 105-minute, show-stopping performance, which saw a Destiny's Child reunion, appearances from Jay Z and Solange, the black national anthem, and spectacular HBCU marching band vibes. Apologies to the Walmart Yodeling Kid, an internet meme we realized into existence and probably also into a forthcoming EDM-style collaboration with Justin Bieber, for completely diverting the national 'Chella conversation, but wow. The whole thing was, in a word, legendary—and, in another word, livestreamed (thanks, YouTube).
If you're one of those people who thinks Beyoncé fans are hyperbolic in their praise of the performer, this show should clear up any questions. You don't have to be a member of the Beyhive to admit this woman is all kinds of talented. You don't even have to love her music to fully, deeply realize that it's good.
Beychella, as it swiftly became known, has already spurred myriad think-pieces and glowing reviews from storied media and manic-pixie-dream-girl-bloggers-who-witnessed-it alike. Because we don't have anything new to add to that dialogue, here are some internet reactions that summed up our feelings on the whole experience.
I saw it with my own two eyes. Beyonce is the greatest entertainer to ever live and the Queen of Music.— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) April 15, 2018
My QUEEN for life . Always . And forever . You continuously make me feel so proud to be a Black woman & artist . Last night was EXCEPTIONAL . We must protect you at all costs ! 🙌🏾🙏🏿 #BEYCHELLA pic.twitter.com/KNsKuDB7gX— Janelle Monáe, Cindi (@JanelleMonae) April 15, 2018
Jay Z back stage breastfeeding the twins— Lauren (@Solodeauxleaux) April 15, 2018
Everything a man can do a woman can do in heels #beychella— ellierowsell (@elliecrowsell) April 15, 2018