Queen Bey is officially back!
After four long years, Beyoncé triumphantly returned to the stage for the grand unveiling of Dubai’s newest hotel on Saturday, January 21st. Atlantis the Royal, where POPSUGAR was at hand. “Welcome, everyone. I’m so honored to be here,” she told the crowd.
The 41-year-old superstar turned the resort into her own concert venue, kicking off her performance with a soulful rendition of Etta James’ “At Last” before diving into a medley of her biggest hits, including “XO,” “Halo,” “” Beautiful Liar, Crazy in Love, Naughty Girl and Drunk in Love.
The star-studded invitation-only event brought out a slew of celebrities, from Winston Duke to Nia Long and sisters Chlöe and Halle Bailey. Beyoncé also informed the audience that her husband JAY-Z was in attendance, along with their mother, Tina Lawson, father, Mathew Knowles, and their three “beautiful children” who were there “to see their mother perform.” In fact, one of the best moments of the night came when Beyoncé’s 11-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, joined her Brown Skin Girl collaboration, which earned Carter her first Grammy in 2021. “Give it up for my baby,” Beyoncé announced to the audience as Carter dazzled onstage in a glittery red sequined ensemble.
Surprisingly, Beyoncé didn’t perform any of the songs from her Renaissance album during the hour-long show — she might be saving them for her upcoming tour. Instead, she opted for a more acoustic, slower set featuring songs like “Flaws and All,” “Ave Maria,” “Freedom,” “Be Alive,” and “Bigger” from The Lion King: The Gift. She also brought out the all-female Firdaus Orchestra and the Lebanese dance group The Mayyas between her three outfit changes, which consisted of a yellow feather dress, a red and gold jumpsuit and a pink mini dress.
For the grand finale, Beyoncé walked through the center of the hotel’s Skyblaze fountain, where she was literally lifted into the air and an epic fireworks display followed. Beyoncé’s last major live show was at the Global Citizen Festival in December 2018. She also provided a pre-taped performance of “Be Alive” at the 2022 Oscars.
However, it might not be long before Beyoncé graces the stage again. After diversitythe 28-time Grammy winner is reportedly in talks with Grammy Awards producers about a potential stage appearance at this year’s February 5 awards ceremony. album when the 2023 Grammy nominations were released on November 15, bringing her total number of nominations to a whopping 88. She is also currently linked to JAY-Z most of the time.
Ahead, see more photos from Beyoncé’s spectacular performance at Atlantis The Royal in Dubai, which officially opens on February 10th.