The Carters headlined the festival — which also included appearances by Oprah Winfrey, Pharrell Williams, Femi Kuti, Gayle King and Usher — and the Queen Bey rapped her entire verse from their hit single “Apeshit” flawlessly.
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Subtitled “Mandela 100,” the festival, aimed at ending poverty by 2030, also celebrated the sacrifices and contributions that the late South African leader and human rights activist Nelson Mandela has made over his 100 years of life. Fans were able to earn their way into the free concert by taking actions toward social change online.
During the show Beyoncé addressed the crowd, “I’m looking at all of you, all of you beautiful spirits.” While she brought the bars, she didn’t leave her singing skills at home. She led the crowd in a sing-along to “XO” that resulted in many audience members bursting into tears during the 25-minute live stream of the show.
“Your kindness and gratitude for every experience, and your ability to forgive are lessons I have learned and will pass on to my three children. My entire family holds you in high regard,” she wrote.TOPICS: BeyonceGlobal Citizen FestivalNelson Mandela