Beyoncé is back!
Queen Bey made her comeback performance after four years at the new Atlantis The Royal Resort in Dubai last January 21.
The grand comeback was accompanied by a theatrical production: Violinists crowned with metallic gold headpieces and voluminous red skirts hit the stage first, and Beyoncé’s dancers and more musicians followed in matching garb, standing still with their hands folded in front of the Egyptian-themed backdrop.
As guests at the invite-only, hour-long performance started screaming with excitement, Bey was raised up on a platform wearing a yellow corseted dress, topped with a feathered skirt and a feathered backpiece.
According to TMZ, Beyoncé was paid $24 million to perform at the grand opening of Atlantis The Royal Dubai. It was a precursor to her upcoming Renaissance tour.
The 41-year old multi-Grammy winner wore $7.5 million worth of jewelry by Lorraine Schwartz and Messika jewelry. She wore dazzling gowns by Atelier Zuhra, Nicolas Jebran, Frolov, and Dolce & Gabbana.
Bey performed some of her big hits, like “Halo” and “Crazy in Love,” backed by Firdaus, a 48-person all-female orchestra mentored by Oscar winner A.R. Rahman; and the Mayyas, a dance group that won America’s Got Talent.
Fireworks exploded above the venue as Bey opened the show singing Etta James’ “At Last” into a gold microphone. Then, she announced to the crowd that her mom, Tina Knowles, father, Mathew Knowles, her “beautiful husband” Jay-Z and their children, Blue Ivy, Rumi, and Sir Carter were all in the audience to support her.
But it wasn't just Bey who was performing that night. Her 11-year old daughter Blue Ivy hit the stage for a collab with mama.
Blue Ivy strolled out in a red sequined jumpsuit topped with a billowy skirt, and flipped her braids while she walked down to her mom’s side.
As Beyoncé started performing “Brown Skin Girl,” Blue Ivy stood beside her and danced, nailing the choreography that the dancers were doing beside her. When the song ended, she hugged her mom, walked up the steps, and struck a pose, even blowing kisses to the crowd like a pro before she left the stage.
Beyoncé had three different wardrobe changes during the evening. A red corseted jumpsuit topped with a skirt came next and then a sheer crystal-adorned mini-dress to end the show.
Each outfit ushered in a new vibe for the show, which leaned heavy on ballads like “Freedom,” “Spirit” and “Be Alive.” But Bey spiced up the set with “Beautiful Liar” and “Naughty Girl,” for which she appeared in her final look of the night.
Beyoncé didn’t perform any songs from her Grammy-nominated 2022 “Renaissance” album. Perhaps she’s saving that for Grammy night on February 5.
To wrap up the show, the superstar singer and her dancers danced and writhed in water as she sang “Naughty Girl”. Then, Beyoncé strutted onto an elevated plank in the middle of a body of water to wrap up the show. She was lifted into the air, and a spectacular fireworks and drone show followed.
Chloe and Halle Bailey, Nia Long, Kendall Jenner, Ellen Pompeo, Liam Payne, Bar Rafaeli and Rebel Wilson were among stars in attendance. Guests were told to wear formal wear, and had to rock signature pins to access the event.
All attendees also had to adhere to a strict no-phones policy. No one was allowed to take photos or videos of the concert, but they were allowed to do so at the after-party, where Swedish House Mafia performed and guests continued to indulge in the complimentary Moet champagne.
Dinner prepared by world-renowned chefs including Jose Andres, Nobu Matsuhisa, Jose Andres, and Mich Turner.
During the weekend, Beyoncé stayed at the hotel’s Royal Mansion, which goes for $100,000 a night.
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