Beyoncé fans worldwide rejoiced all weekend after attendees at an invite-only concert in Dubai disregarded a ‘no recordings’ policy. The Renaissance singer performed at the Grand Reveal Weekend of Atlantis The Royal–the country’s second Atlantis hotel.
After four years off-stage, Beyoncé wowed guests and fans with stunning outfits, clean vocals, a perfectly curated set, and a surprise appearance by Blue Ivy.
Several sources, including Vibe and Bloomberg, have reported that she was offered $24 million for the hour-long concert. Meanwhile, The Daily Mail reports she was paid $35 million. Beyoncé and The Atlantis Royal have not confirmed the payout number.
Days before the show on Jan. 21, audio of Beyoncé allegedly rehearsing leaked online.
Beyoncé rehearsing Crazy in Love in Dubai pic.twitter.com/369R8rBEjk
— RENAISSANCE Updates (@B7Album) January 18, 2023
On the event day, guests reportedly received designated pouches to safe-keep their phones, per The Cut. But attendees, unable to resist the Bey magic, sneaked footage that instantly made it online.
Beyoncé first graced the event’s carpet wearing a glittery gold gown with transparent cut-outs running from her waist to her ankles. She added a thick, color-matching cover-up, signature wavy blonde inches, and drop earrings to her look.
Entertainment Tonight reports that her looks, from the carpet to the stage, reflected designs from Dolce & Gabbana, Dubai’s Atelier Zuhra, Lebanon’s Nicolas Jebran, and Ukraine’s Frolov.
Beyoncé Performs Classic Tracks, Brings Out Blue Ivy, And Ascends Into The Air In Dubai
A grand fireworks display opened the show Beyoncé ascended from below the stage in front of large prop sun. She was wearing a bright yellow gown as she belted Etta James’ 1960 song At Last.
According to Entertainment Tonight, the performance featured a 48-person all-female orchestra named Firdaus and an all-female dance group from Lebanon called The Mayyas, who won America’s Got Talent in 2022.
Beyoncé performed classics like XO, Crazy In Love, and Brown Skin Girl. Blue Ivy, wearing a red ensemble, popped on stage to perform Brown Skin Girl with mama.
— Beyoncé Charts (@beycharts) January 21, 2023
When the 11-year-old began doing a viral TikTok choreography to the song, Bey seemingly cut it short with a hand gesture and touching of her Ivy’s long braids. Twitter is still cuttin’ up at that particular clip while praising the moment Beyoncé pulled Blue in for an embrace.
Beyoncé told Blue Ivy “Not too much” .. We need another $24million for your choreography pic.twitter.com/eYyUoqsinP
— Katherine Harris (@IamKatHarris) January 22, 2023
BEYONCÉ & BLUE IVY CARTER pic.twitter.com/n7TpCcgGrR
— Beyoncé Access | Fan Account (@beyonceaccess) January 22, 2023
Beyoncé ended her performance with another round of fireworks while she ascended toward the sky, strapped into a thick metal pole.
Beyoncé’s Performance Had Celebs Catching Flights To The UAE
While most of the world enjoyed the show via leaked clips, plenty of adored celebs caught the magic in person. Some of the celebs in attendance included: Nia Long, Chloe Bailey, Halle Bailey and boyfriend DDG, Terrance J, Letitia Wright, Kendall Jenner, and Winston Duke.
Real Housewives of Dubai stars Chanel Ayan, and Lesa Milan also shared moments from the iconic night.
Jay-Z also enjoyed his wife’s talents from a reported private booth.
Jay Z was spotted out in Dubai at the Atlantis The Royal, which is where Beyonce is set to perform after reportedly securing a BAG of $24 MILLION! pic.twitter.com/nnQtPGbVgk
— Power 106 (@Power106LA) January 21, 2023