Be­y­oncé rocks Coachella, re­unites with Destiny’s Child

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Be­y­oncé re­turned to the stage in spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion, with a joy­ous, home­com­ing-themed party at the Coachella Val­ley Mu­sic and Arts Fes­ti­val. The singer re­united with a rare re­union of her for­mer girl group Destiny’s Child.

Be­fore a sea of some 100,000 peo­ple in the southern Cal­i­for­nia desert, the pop su­per­star head­lined the premier global mu­sic fes­ti­val to end a year-long hia­tus from live mu­sic af­ter giv­ing birth to her twins. The singer showed no signs of slow­ing down af­ter the leave, singing and shak­ing her body for close to two hours, as she led around 100 back-up dancers. Hus­band and rap­per Jay-Z popped up on stage to­ward the end of her set to join in their song Deja Vu, even if only in a pre­view of a rou­tine guest ap­pear­ance.

An au­dio record­ing of nov­el­ist Chi­ma­manda Ngozi Adichie’s es­say We Should All Be Fem­i­nists al­lowed Queen B a mo­ment to pre­pare, as she re-emerged, el­e­vated to the stage, part of an un­mis­tak­able sil­hou­ette of three fig­ures.

Fel­low Destiny’s Child mem­bers Kelly Row­land and Michelle Williams joined her for three of the trio’s songs, in­clud­ing Say My Name.

It was the group’s first re­union since Be­y­oncé’s Su­per Bowl half­time show in 2013. The group pro­pelled the Pretty Hurts singer to star­dom, but was be­set by in­ter­nal fric­tion.

Be­y­oncé re­ferred to her band­mates as her “sis­ters”, and was also joined on the stage by her blood sis­ter, Solange Knowles. The singer had made it clear at the start that Coachella was about re­unit­ing, as an an­nouncer started the show by wel­com­ing guests to her “home­com­ing”.

Af­ter revving up the crowd with fire­works and the bois­ter­ous Crazy in Love, Bey­once of­fered a take on Lift Ev­ery Voice and Sing, the un­of­fi­cial African Amer­i­can na­tional an­them. She later voiced pride to the crowd that she was the first black woman to head­line Coachella.

PHOTO: KYLE GRILLOT/AFP Be­y­oncé got to­gether with for­mer Destiny's Child mem­bers Kelly Row­land (left) and Michelle Williams (right), singing three of the trio’s songs at the Coachella Mu­sic and Arts Fes­ti­val

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