One of the most talked about events of 2016, Beyoncé’s Super Bowl halftime show was a celebration of blackness as the singer and her dancers got in formation dressed in attire reminiscient of the Black Panthers (added bonus: 2016 was the 50th anniversary of the organization). The singer was joined by Bruno Mars and Coldplay, but completely stole the show. Bey’s performance caused tons of controversy, but we loved every single minute.
Bey suprised everyone when she opened the 2016 BET Awards with Kendrick Lamar, performing “Freedom” and leaving our wigs snatched. Of course, the singer received a standing ovation from everyone in the crowd.
MTV Video Music Awards
Fans had no idea what they were in for when Beyoncé took the stage during this year’s VMAs, but, needless to say, it was epic. The “Formation” singer performed a Lemonade medley beginning with “Pray You Catch Me,” set the stage on fire for “Don’t Hurt Yourself,” and had us all singing along to “Hold Up.” She also took home an award for Best Breakthrough Long Form Video.
TIDAL X 1015
Beyoncé continuing to perform after her earring ripped from her ear and started bleeding. A true performer. pic.twitter.com/FvyICuxVAb— ㅤ (@TheDailyBey) October 16, 2016
For Tidal x 1015’s charity concert, Beyoncé closed the show with another stellar performance, not missing a beat when her earring was ripped from her ear. Bey doesn’t even flinch, she checks her ear and keeps on going. Truly iconic.
Country Music Awards
2016 was also the year that Beyoncé basically revived country music with “Daddy Lessons.” For the Country Music Association Awards, Bey teamed up with the Dixie Chicks to perform the crossover hit, causing people who ordinarily wouldn’t watch the show to tune in for the entire thing. Later, Bey and the Dixie Chicks dropped a version of the song on SoundCloud, which we’ve been playing ever since.