Beyonce Takes the Stage With Ed Sheeran at Global Citizen Festival 2015

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Ed Sheeran joins Beyonce for Global Citizen Festival.

NEW YORK (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama introduced a new campaign focusing on education for girls, Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai earned loud applause for her striking speech and Beyonce was energetic during her live performance at the 2015 Global Citizen Festival. The multihour event held on the Great Lawn in New York’s Central Park also featured Vice President Joe Biden, Hugh Jackman, Bono, Leonardo DiCaprio and Pearl Jam, who closed the event with a rocking performance.

There were serious issues at hand, like girls’ education, refugee crises, and climate change measures, but also a lot of great music and entertainment. Obama first appeared in a video promoting the 62 Million Girls campaign, but she later walked onstage after Beyonce introduced her following her performance. “Let’s give it up for the amazing Beyoncé,” Obama said. “I am thrilled to be here tonight … and honored to follow a woman who I admire and adore.” Obama said she has traveled the world and met with young women who have not had a chance to receive an education. Earlier in the night Sheeran had been joined by Chris Martin for a rendition of ‘Thinking Out Loud’, with the Coldplay frontman taking on piano duties. Beyonce also took to the stage again as the night drew to a close, joining headliners Pearl Jam for a cover of Bob Marley’s ‘Redemption Song’. “Not every day you get to sing with a queen,” frontman Eddie Vedder told the crowd as he welcomed Bey back to the stage. He tried one more time before throwing it to the audience with a “here, you try it.” “It takes a special kind of music talent to suck at the vuvuzela,” Colbert declared.

General Assembly meeting, and fans earned free tickets by taking actions to end poverty on globalcitizen.org. “I want education to be the top priority because how can we end poverty … when we deny the right to education,” she said. “It’s not that there is lack of money in this world … we have billions and trillions of dollars, but where the money goes is military, it’s things that are useless and that are not useful to society.” “It is a book and a pen that can change the life of a child — it’s not a gun,” Yousafzai added. “It was a gun that hit me on the left side of my forehead, it was a gun that hit my two friends, but it wasn’t a pen. Usher, Jason Sudeikis, Laverne Cox, Katie Holmes, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Bill and Melinda Gates also attended the event, along with multiple world leaders, including U.N.

We are running out of time.” Following DiCaprio’s speech about the relationship between climate change and poverty, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim came on stage to talk about the importance of sanitation in fighting poverty. The event featured a number of unique musical collaborations: Beyonce joined Eddie Vedder onstage; Sting performed with rapper Common; and Ariana Grande sang with Coldplay. He even brought Sesame Street’s Big Bird with him, to discuss the role of childhood education in implementing important sanitary measures in developing countries. Even when playing on a stage that had to accommodate dozens of other speakers over the course of the night, Beyoncé still provided an epic stage production.

Her set started as a giant beige box on stage and, after a long buildup, the box finally lifted off to reveal the singer standing on containers of her dancers. Constrained by time limits, later parts of Beyonce’s set became a hits medley: “Run the World (Girls)” into “Flawless” into “Feeling Myself.” The epic performance was like Beyoncé’s tribute to herself, and women in general. Singer Eddie Vedder introduced “Unthought Known” by describing how he wrote the lyrics in a hotel room overlooking Central Park years ago. “I could never imagine playing it in the middle of the thing that inspired it.” Pearl Jam gave the night an epic send-off by covering Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World,” as a bunch of previous speakers rushed the stage to dance along.

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