Obama, Beyonce part of Global Citizen fest all-star lineup

28 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Ed Sheeran joins Beyonce for Global Citizen Festival.

Ed Sheeran must have felt like he was dreaming on Saturday night, when he got to join Beyonce onstage at the 2015 Global Citizen Festival for a duet of her hit song ‘Drunk in Love’.

There were serious issues at hand, like girls’ education, refugee crises, and climate change measures, but also a lot of great music and entertainment. 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. So I asked Apple who would be best and after weeks of deliberation this was the young singer she decided on.” The band then brought out Ariana Grande and accompanied her on the Harry Styles-written “Just a Little Bit of My Heart.” After referencing his daughter, Martin did not miss the chance for an epic Dad Joke, telling Grande “I was going to wear that outfit!” After Coldplay’s set, emcees Stephen Colbert and Hugh Jackman took the stage to reiterate the festival’s Global Goals: ending extreme poverty, fighting climate change, promoting education for girls worldwide. 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.

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. 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.

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.

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