beyonce Fans around the world rejoiced all weekend after attendees flouted a “no recordings” policy at an invitation-only concert in Dubai. The Renaissance singer performed at Grand Reveal Weekend Atlantis the Royal–the second Atlantis hotel in the country.
After four years away from the stage, Beyoncé wowed guests and fans alike with stunning outfits, clean vocals, a perfectly curated set and a surprise performance Blue Ivy.
Multiple sources, including Vibe and Bloomberg, have reported that she was offered $24 million for the hour-long concert. Meanwhile, The Daily Mail reports that she was paid $35 million. Beyoncé and The Atlantis Royal have not confirmed the payout number.
Days before the Jan. 21 show, audio of Beyoncé allegedly leaked online at rehearsals.
Beyoncé rehearses Crazy in Love in Dubai ❤️ pic.twitter.com/369R8rBEjk
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On the day of the event, guests were reportedly given designated pouches to keep their phones safe, according to The Cut. But the contestants, unable to resist the Bey magic, stole footage that made it online instantly.
Beyoncé first graced the event’s carpet, wearing a glittering gold gown with sheer cutouts that reached from her waist to her ankles. She added a thick, color-matching cover-up, signature wavy blonde centimeters, and teardrop earrings to her look.
Entertainment Tonight reports that their looks, from carpet to stage, reflected designs by Dolce & Gabbana, Dubai’s Atelier Zuhra, Lebanon’s Nicolas Jebran and Ukraine’s Frolov.
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 21: Photo by Mason Poole/Parkwood Media/Getty Images for Atlantis The Royal)
Beyoncé performs classic tracks, brings out Blue Ivy and takes to the air in Dubai
A big fireworks display opened the show as Beyoncé rose from below the stage in front of a big prop sun. She wore a bright yellow dress as she strapped on to Etta James’ 1960 song “At Last.”
According to Entertainment Tonight, the performance featured a 48-piece all-female orchestra called Firdaus and an all-female dance troupe from Lebanon called The Mayyas, which won 2022’s America’s Got Talent.
Beyoncé performed classics like XO, Crazy In Love and Brown Skin Girl. Blue Ivy, wearing a red ensemble, showed up on stage to perform Brown Skin Girl with Mom.
Blue Ivy and Beyonce perform “BROWN SKIN GIRL”. #DUBAICHELLA pic.twitter.com/1i2xRNYf9L
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When the 11-year-old began doing a viral TikTok choreography to the song, Bey seemingly cut it off with a flick of the wrist and touched her Ivy’s long braids. Twitter is still clipping on that particular clip, praising the moment Beyoncé pulled Blue in for a hug.
Beyoncé told Blue Ivy, “Not too much.” We need another 24 million dollars for your choreography 😎 pic.twitter.com/eYyUoqsinP
— Katherine Harris (@IamKatHarris) January 22, 2023
BEYONCÉ & BLUE IVY CARTER 👑 pic.twitter.com/n7TpCcgGrR
— Beyoncé Access | Fan Account (@beyonceaccess) January 22, 2023
Beyoncé ended her performance with another fireworks display as she took to the skies while strapped to a thick metal pole.
Beyoncé’s performance has celebs catching flights to the United Arab Emirates
While most of the world enjoyed the show via leaked clips, many revered celebs captured the magic in person. Some of the celebrities in attendance were: Nia Long, Chloe Bailey, Halle Bailey and her boyfriend DDG, Terrance J, Letitia Wright, Kendall Jenner and Winston Duke.
Real Housewives of Dubai stars Chanel Ayan and Lesa Milan also shared moments from the iconic night.
Jay-Z also enjoyed his wife’s talents from a reported private booth.
Jay Z spotted in Dubai at Atlantis The Royal, where Beyoncé is set to perform, after reportedly securing a $24 MILLION BAG! 💰👑🔥 pic.twitter.com/nnQtPGbVgk
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