The 411 On Beyonce’s ‘Formation’ Tour Kickoff Show In Miami

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The BeyHive was ABUZZ at Beyonce’s kickoff show in Miami Wednesday night.

It’s hard to ignore Beyonce’s massive impact on music culture this week. She premiered her visual album Lemonade last Saturday. The LP has sparked so much conversation over whether its themes of infidelity are real, or a cleverly calculated storyline designed to inflate album sales. Does it matter? She has music lovers biting into a juicy lemon, and the haters? A sour aftertaste.

Beyonce gave the hive only a few days to learn the words to her new music before performing it in front of a crowd of tens of thousands.

After starting out the show with “Formation,” Bey told the crowd, “If you came here to have a good time, say, ‘I slay.’ If you’re proud of where you’re from, say, ‘I slay.'”

She also sang the controversial “Becky” line in “Sorry” while husband Jay Z looked on.

The Formation Tour set list:

Formation
Sorry
Flawless
Run the World
Mine
Baby Boy
Hold up
Countdown
Me, Myself and I
Running (Naughty Boy)
All Night – her favorite track from album
Let It Be
Ring the Alarm
Naughty Girl/Independent Woman/Diva
Flawless remix
Feeling Myself
Yonce
7/11
Drunk in Love
Rocket
Daddy Lessons
Single Ladies
Purple Rain (Prince cover)
Crazy in Love/Bootylicious
Naughty Girl
Party
Blow / Nasty Girl
Sweet Dreams (Eurhythmics cover)
Freedom
Survivor
End of Time/Grown Woman
Halo

Here’s a roundup of the highlights from the Formation Tour kickoff show:

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When life hands you lemons…

Beyonce received major backlash for the imagery in the “Formation” music video and message in her Super Bowl performance. She brought racial inequality, Black Lives Matter and victims of police brutality to the forefront. It prompted a discussion of boycotting the singer because of the “harsh message the song’s video sends to the police,” and in true Beyonce form… she’s capitalizing off of it.




Guest appearances

Rappers showing up for DJ Khaled’s opening act included Future, 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne and Trick Daddy.


Performing “Don’t Hurt Yourself.”

Beyonce’s new collaboration with White Stripes frontman Jack White on “Don’t Hurt Yourself” is laced in anger and contempt. In the Lemonade rock cut, she screams “Who the fuck do you think I is? You ain’t married to no average bitch boy. You can watch my fat ass twist boy as I bounce to the next dick boy.” It’s only fitting she performed the aggressive anthem upon a throne. Bonus points for boasting the cocky performance while Jay Z idly watches.




Prince tribute

Beyonce played “Purple Rain” as an homage to the late singer who suddenly passed away last week. Prince wasn’t thrilled when other artists covered his songs, so Beyonce choosing to spin the track untouched while she changed outfits seemed appropriate.




Celebrity guests.

Of course her Lemonade co-star and hubby Jay Z was in attendance, but so was her Destiny’s Child pal Michelle Williams, Tyson Beckford, Rick Ross and producer Timbaland.


Inviting fans on stage to perform “Single Ladies” choreography

These two single ladies just experienced one of the best moments of their life when Beyonce invited them on stage to perform the iconic dance seen in the song’s music video. Epic.




Performing “Freedom” for the first time.

Stomping around in a bed of water, Beyonce rocked the stage singing her Kendrick Lamar collaboration, “Freedom.”





Watch a roundup of clips below:

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"Me, myself & I" #FormationTour

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"Daddy lessons" #FormationTour

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Slay @beyonce Slay! #Beyonce #FormationTour #FormationWorldTour #Formation #SkyyLevelMedia (video via @crackslida)

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