The queen is back.
It’s been four years since Beyonce’s last headlining show, and her performance at Dubai’s new Atlantis The Royal Resort on Saturday night (January 21) was a fittingly grand return.
The star-studded show began on Saturday night like a dramatic production. A violinist crowned with a metallic gold headpiece and voluminous red skirt took the stage first, and Beyoncé’s dancers and more musicians stood with their arms folded in front of an Egyptian-themed backdrop.
As an invite-only guest, the hour-long performance began to scream with excitement, Queen Bey took to a platform wearing a yellow corseted dress, a feathered skirt and a feathered backpiece.
Fireworks exploded above the venue as the iconic artist opened the show by singing Etta James’ “At Last” into a golden microphone. Then, she announced to the crowd that her mother, Tina Knowles, father, Matthew Knowles, her “handsome husband,” Jay-Z, and their children, Blue Ivy, Rumi, and Sir Carter, were all in the audience to support her.
While Jay-Z was in his seat as Beyoncé performed “Crazy in Love” (he opened it with the “50 Shades of Grey” version and wrapped with the original), Blue Ivy took the stage for a collaboration.
The 11-year-old continued to prove she’s a star-in-the-making as she stepped out in a red sequined jumpsuit topped with a billowy skirt and flipped her braids as she walked alongside her mum.
As Beyoncé began performing “Brown Skin Girl,” Blue Ivy stood next to her and nailed the choreography the dancers were doing next to her. When the song ended, he hugged his mother, walked up the steps and struck a pose, even blowing kisses to the crowd like a pro before he left the stage.
Beyoncé had three different outfit changes during the evening. A red corseted jumpsuit topped with a skirt followed, followed by a sheer crystal-embellished mini-dress to end the show.
Each outfit introduced a new obsession for the show, which was heavy on ballads — like “Freedom,” “Soul” and “Stay Alive.” But Bey spiced up the set with “Pretty Liar” and “Naughty Girl,” for which she made her final appearance of the night.
Curiously, Beyoncé didn’t perform any songs from her Grammy-nominated 2022 “Renaissance” album — perhaps she’s saving it for Grammy night on Feb. 5? diversity Talks are underway with show producers for a possible stage appearance.
To end the show, the superstar singer and her dancers danced and floated in the water as she sang “Naughty Girl.” Afterwards, Beyoncé jumped onto a high plank in the middle of the water to wrap up the show. He was lifted into the air, and a spectacular firework display was performed.
Among the stars in attendance were Khloe and Halle Bailey, Nia Long, Kendall Jenner and Rebel Wilson. Guests were asked to wear formal attire, and rock the signature pin to enter the event.
All participants had to adhere to a strict no-phone policy. No one was allowed to photograph or video the concert, but they were allowed to do so during the after-party, where Swedish House Mafia performed and guests enjoyed complimentary Moët champagne.