A rainbow appeared just outside MetLife Stadium Saturday night.
As tens of thousands of BeyoncÃ© fans waited in security lines, mobile tickets in hand and sparking cowboy hats atop their heads, an unexpected shower came pouring down.
Some embraced the wet weather â it was a scorching 90 degrees in East Rutherford, NJ, after all â while others darted toward shelter in an attempt to salvage the costumes they had spent so much time perfecting for the evening.
“BeyoncÃ©, I’m coming for you!” one drenched woman screamed as she ran through the parking lot.
But the rainfall stopped just as fast as it had begun, making way for the colossal rainbow overhead in what could only be Mother Nature welcoming “Renaissance,” BeyoncÃ©’s critically acclaimed 2022 album paying homage to the gay pioneers of house music, to the New York City area.
By the time fans dried off, purchased drinks and merchandise (T-shirts were a wallet-punching $55 apiece) and got to their seats, the lights went down and the show began.
BeyoncÃ©, 41, took the stage in a glittering black-and-white striped dress. Her voice sounded stronger than ever as she soared through ballads including “Dangerously in Love 2” and “I Care,” getting the slower songs out of the way before going full ballroom.
Queen Bey performed nearly all of “Renaissance” from top to bottom â it was the record’s first anniversary â with a few greatest hits and fan favorites peppered throughout her dazzling two-and-a-half-hour extravaganza.
The crowd went wild for dance tracks like “Cozy” and “Break My Soul,” the latter of which was immaculately remixed to include elements of Madonna’s “Vogue” and The Jacksons’ “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground).”
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During one act, BeyoncÃ© celebrated her culture and femininity with sharply choreographed performances of “Formation,” “Diva” and “Run the World (Girls)” before bringing out her 11-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, to dance along to “My Power” and “Black Parade” to deafening applause.
After changing into a sequined tank top and denim shorts with fringe boots, an upgraded version of the outfit she famously wore to strut down the street in her 2003 “Crazy in Love” music video, Bey had the audience grooving to “Get Me Bodied” and “Love on Top.”
The most-decorated Grammy winner of all time dedicated the final two segments of her concert to the second half of “Renaissance,” lying down inside an oversize clam shell to belt out “Plastic Off the Sofa” and “Virgo’s Groove” and strutting down a massive catwalk to “Heated” and “Pure/Honey” like the confident diva she is.
BeyoncÃ© wrapped up the latest stop of her world tour with the Donna Summer-sampling reverie “Summer Renaissance.” Dressed in a silver-and-gold jumpsuit with a tinsel cape, she flew above fans while perched on top of the instantly iconic horse featured on her album’s cover, looking otherworldly as she waved goodbye.
The show was a masterclass, second only to Bey’s historic 2018 Coachella set â an impressive feat for an artist 25 years into her career who, alongside the likes of Michael Jackson and Prince, has solidified her status as one of the greatest of all time.
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