Beyoncé hosted the ultimate ladies’ night during her headlining set on Saturday (Sept. 5) at Budweiser and hubby Jay Z’s annual Made in America festival in Philadelphia. While it might have been a buzzkill for some of the rowdy, beer-drunk dudes untz untz untz-ing to EDM and rock acts, it was a beautiful reminder that women still run the show.
It’s been a little over a year since Beyoncé’s nationwide trek with Hov during last year’s On The Run tour. While their PDA was on a hundred thousand trillion, Bey hogged up the spotlight dolo this time with zero guests. The overall themes of the night were independence and girl power, as is always the case when it comes to the now-34-year-old’s legacy. Alongside her staple Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie salute, she even sprinkled this in-your-face quote from UFC Champ Ronda Rousey before performing “Diva”:
“Listen, just because my body was developed for a purpose other than f*ckin’ millionaires doesn’t mean it’s masculine.’ I think it’s femininely bad-ass as f*ck because there’s not a single muscle on my body that isn’t for a purpose. Because, I’m not a do-nothing b*tch.”
Receiving Yoncé’s spirit is also infinitely better when she goes full-on ratchet during her set. Catering to the Future Hive with a dance sequence to “F*ck Up SOme Commas” and “Where Ya At,” Bey also threw in Lil Ronny’s “Circle,” gyrating to the crowd’s delight. She even slipped in Nicki Minaj’s “Truffle Butter” beat for her rendition of “Bootylicious” and T-Wayne’s “Nasty Freestyle.”
With six costume changes and an intense dance-a-thon that ranged from her early solo career jams a la “Crazy In Love” to her most recent party hit “7/11,” she also dusted off the Destiny’s Child gems like “Say My Name” and “Jumpin’, Jumpin’.” In case there’s any doubt, her riffs and choreography were still as sharp as when she rocked braids.
But the real highlight was Mrs. Carter taking every spare moment in between sequences to hype up the girl squads in attendance. Before launching into “Bow Down/ Flawless,” she said, “If you run your own sh*t, take care of your kids, make your own money, I want y’all to celebrate this song with me.”
Like her other global gigs, empowering monologues dedicated to hard-working women had many ladies screaming and twerking in solidarity, like this lesson on sexuality before she performed a Jay Z-less “Drunk In Love”: “When you become a woman, you celebrate who you are and know that sensuality is a gift. This gives you power. This power can manipulate. This power can celebrate. … Harnessing the power of your body requires responsibility. Seduction is much more…”
Still, the most tender moments were saved for last with the heavenly trio of “Halo,” “1+1” and “Love On Top.” Bey represents the bad feminists we can sometimes be (Word to Roxane Gay). We can still turn up to Future tracks when prompted or be the breadwinners and provide for our spouses and children. Just as long as we got our sh*t together.
Relive Bey’s night at MIA Fest with clips below.
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— mia (@knowlesliquor) September 6, 2015