Beyonce Performs at The Staples Center

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Beyonce lit up the Budweiser Made In America stage tonight in Philly to close out day 1 of the massive music festival as the weekend’s most highly anticipated headliner and she even managed to honor some of the top names in pop culture in the process.

Adorable 3-year-old Blue Ivy was also on hand to check out her mom’s rehearsals before later being spotted on the BMIA ground with dad Jay Z during the show.

Running through an extensive medley of her entire catalogue that had the jam packed crowed singing along to every song, Mrs. Carter jumped right in from the beginning of her set, doing a quick dance number to Lil Ronny’s popular “Throw Dat Azz In A Circle” single just moments after opening with “Crazy In Love.”

Later on in the set, she hit a quick dance break to Future’s “F*ck Up Some Commas,” and also replaced some of her own music with Future & Drake’s “Where Ya At” shortly after.

Known to consistently advocate for strong women who dominate in their respective fields of work, Bey took a moment to honor both legendary poet Maya Angelou and female MMA champ Ronda Rousey by incorporating voice overs of two of their most powerful speeches.

A quick snippet of Fetty Wap’s “My Way” was also heard during the set, as was T-Wayne’s “Nasty Freestyle.” She closed out the hour and a half long musical journey with “Love on Top,” “Grown Woman” and finally, “Single Ladies.” Although Bey’s fellow female bosslady Nicki Minaj was in attendance for the festival and touched the stage to perform with boyfriend Meek Mill during his set nearly 5 hours before, she did not make an appearance during Beyonce’s set as some had hoped.

Nevertheless, with a setlist that included everything from classic Destiny’s Child hits like “Jumpin, Jumpin,” “Say My Name” and “Bootylicious,” to newer fan-favorites like “7/11,” “1+1” and “Flawless,” Beyonce most certainly delivered a show to remember all on her own merit.


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