Watch Eddie Vedder, Beyonce Duet on Bob Marley’s ‘Redemption Song’

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Beyoncé Duets With Eddie Vedder at Global Citizen Festival.

The Global Citizen Festival in New York on Saturday was brimming with surprise duets – Coldplay and Ariana Grande, Beyoncé and Ed Sheeran, Sting and Common, Sheeran and festival curator Chris Martin – but perhaps none were more unexpected than when Eddie Vedder welcomed Beyoncé to the stage during Pearl Jam’s headlining set.

Over 60,000 people gathered on Central Park’s Great Lawn Saturday for the 2015 Global Citizens Festival—an event featuring world leaders and socially conscious artists who wish to shed light on the issue of global poverty, and how to end it. “Everybody in the world is entitled to be treated with dignity. Vedder, with an acoustic guitar on his lap, and Beyoncé then delivered a stunning rendition of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song,” with the two singers trading verses and together sharing the chorus. It was one of the night’s most heartfelt moments: Two giants of pop music from different times and musical worlds, taking a risk and sharing a stage. Sitting without his band on acoustic guitar, Eddie Vedder was joined on Marley’s “Redemption Song” by Beyonce, who performed and introduced First Lady Michelle Obama earlier in the night.

The “Redemption Song” performance was punctuated by video of Nelson Mandela giving a speech about humanity overcoming extreme poverty while Vedder continued strumming and Beyoncé harmonized under the former South African president’s words. Watch Eddie Vedder & Beyonce duet below – a clip from late civil rights leader Nelson Mandela’s anti-poverty speech inLondon in 2005 plays over the duo mid-song. Many had come to the seven-hour event much earlier: The music kicked off shortly after 4 p.m. with Coldplay, and also included sets from Ed Sheeran, Common and Tori Kelly, among others. Pearl Jam peppered their 12-song set with tunes like “Do the Evolution,” “Given to Fly,” “Elderly Woman,” “Daughter,” “Better Man” and others before the three-song cover encore that included “Imagine,” “Redemption Song” and a “Rockin’ in the Free World” finale. I refuse to believe that we’re not going to try.” Pledges were made onstage that will affect the lives of more than 92 million people, and the festival, which was livestreamed to millions courtesy of MSNBC and YouTube, was hosted by the likes of Stephen Colbert, Kerry Washington, and Hugh Jackman, and featured performances and speeches from Leonardo DiCaprio, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Common, Coldplay, Pearl Jam, Beyoncé, and more.

Pearl Jam also provided a tender version of John Lennon’s “Imagine” during their visit to Global Citizen, which aims to raise awareness about extreme poverty and inequality around the world. Many attendees didn’t pay attention. (An exception was the crowd’s enthusiastic response to 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner and Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai). Beyoncé’s Pearl Jam drop-in actually marked the second time in two years that she was a surprise guest during Global Citizen: At the 2014 fest, she stopped by her husband Jay Z’s headlining set for “Holy Grail” and “Young Forever.” This year, Beyoncé was on the Central Park-filling festival’s bill, and she had her own unexpected duet in store for her set as fellow Global Citizen Ed Sheeran joined her onstage for “Drunk in Love,” a song the British crooner has frequently covered in recent years. 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings.

Aided by three costume changes, a team of backup dancers and a dazzling lights and video display, Beyoncé repeatedly pushed one message: Women need to take control of their own lives, emotionally and financially. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again. Chucking out big hits such as “Run the World (Girls),” “Diva” and “Flawless,” Beyoncé drew power from a carefully-considered series of multimedia bits, including a recording of Maya Angelou reciting her poem, “Phenomenal Woman,” and Mixed Martial Arts fighter Ronda Rousey’s “do-nothing b—h” speech. Beyoncé’s messages were serious, while at the same time, she appeared relaxed and genuine, often smiling happily. “I want you all to feel the connection around you,” she said.

Of Beyoncé, the First Lady said: “I am honored to follow a woman who I admire and adore.” *Coldplay unveiled a new song, a piano-driven ballad, to a lukewarm response. Much more exciting was singer Chris Martin’s duet with a fantastic and off-the-cuff Ariana Grande. *Co-host Stephen Colbert ribbing Coldplay by saying that while it’s nice Martin, the show’s curator, has committed himself to the festival for the next 15 years, that’s not good news for Coldplay fans waiting for a new album (the album is expected soon). “You can only make one world-changing commitment at a time.” *Two more surprise appearances: Sting joined rapper Common during his brief but lively set; and Vice President Joe Biden swung by, saying he loves Coldplay.

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