Here's how Beyoncé paid tribute to Prince during her first Formation concert
Millions of fans all over the world have been mourning Prince after his sudden death last Thursday. This staggering loss has impacted so many people on a truly visceral level, but perhaps none more than the musicians he inspired. That’s exactly why artists like Ellie Goulding, Jennifer Hudson, and the stars of Hamilton have delivered gorgeous tributes to the legend — and now, Beyoncé has joined their ranks.
Just days after the release of her new album Lemonade, Bey’s highly anticipated Formation World Tour kicked off in Miami last night. Beyoncé had quite the show prepared filled with her brand-new music and she naturally had to change costumes — but she used one of her intermissions to pay a tribute to Prince by playing “Purple Rain” with a purple background on the stage as the audience sang along.
“Prince, thank you for your beautiful music,” Bey said later on in the show, according to Vulture. “He’s an artist that inspired all of us.”
Another unexpected moment during the show? According to US Weekly, Bey gave a shout-out to her husband, Jay Z, by dedicating “Halo” to him. “I want to dedicate this song to my family, thank you guys for supporting me,” she said to Jay Z, who was watching from the audience. “I want to dedicate this song to my beautiful husband, I love you so much.” This kind of a big deal, since Lemonade is all about infidelity in a relationship and everyone is wondering how autobiographical it actually is (and whether “Becky with the good hair” is a real person or just a composite).
Considering “Halo’s lyrics go “Everywhere I’m looking now / I’m surrounded by your embrace / Baby, I can see your halo / You know you’re my saving grace / You’re everything I need and more,” it looks like whatever drama went down between Bey and Jay is behind them.
All hail Queen Bey.