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

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Beyoncé and Michelle Obama Hug It Out at 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. Millions of “actions,” Global Citizen’s preferred term for tweets, Facebook posts, petitions, and other digital acts of advocacy were piling up.

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.

Someone who believes as passionately as I do in the boundless promise of girls worldwide,” Obama said once the roars — punctuated with more than a few cries of “I love you, Michelle” — temporarily died down. Jill Biden arrived. “I know politicians aren’t supposed to have strong views, but I don’t care,” the veep said. “I love Coldplay.” Biden then remarked that while it was obvious he had been in politics for decades, his wife doesn’t look as old. “I married a much younger woman,” he joked. “She’s 30 years younger than me.” (She is eight years younger.) President Barack Obama appeared via video screen. General Assembly meeting, and fans earned free tickets by taking actions to end poverty on “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. A few minutes later, Common was performing “The Light,” when Sting suddenly broke in to perform “I’ll Be Watching You.” Millennials, it turns out, love Sting. 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.

Never mind the inaugural ball serenade, the national anthem sung on the Mall, the 50th birthday performance, or the letter Beyoncé wrote Obama thanking her for just being. 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. Or that time the first lady admitted that if she could switch careers, she “would be Beyoncé.” Not a singer, an ctor or a performer but simply “Beyoncé.” And perhaps that’s what Mrs. 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. O was doing in that silhouette-skimming mermaid gown from Vera Wang Collection at the state dinner in honor of Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday. Salma Hayek Pinault arrived to introduce Swedish prime minister Stefan Löfven, whom she described as “pledging to run the first feminist government”—half of Löfven’s top officials are women. Pinault remained on stage and, after an interruption from Gucci C.E.O. and Chime for Change partner Marco Bizzarri, leaned into the introduction of the night: “Please welcome, our partner, who is a mother, a philanthropist, a collector of Grammys, and a volcano of talent: Beyoncé.

The crowd, like all crowds, seemed at times too busy Snapchat-ing and Instagram-ing to really cheer, but the sheer power of Beyoncé’s choreography, vocals, and interstitial videos held them in a state of awe. 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. One executive said that “doing good is good business, especially when you’re in the business of helping build brands,” which sounds nice but means nothing. “There is no business case for enduring poverty,” Unilever C.E.O. 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.

That’s not true, but Polman’s next comment was more interesting: he asked consumers to research corporations and “withhold your dollars from companies that aren’t doing the right thing.” Many speakers encouraged the audience to hold their leaders accountable. 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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