Beyoncé just made Blue Ivy the most popular kid at her elementary school. The “Crazy in Love” singer gave a surprise performance at her daughter’s elementary school gala on Saturday, Us Weekly reports.
Dressed in a skin-tight, glittery animal print dress, Beyoncé strutted and pranced across the stage at the Shrine Auditorium, the same location that hosted the Grammy Awards. Backed by a couple of backup dancers, Blue Ivy’s mom delivered some of her most popular songs like “XO,” “Crazy in Love,” and “Halo” to a crowd of faculty, parents, and students.
Us Weekly reports that attendees said that the “Formation” singer also performed “I Will Always Love You,” the song made popular by Whitney Houston.
Clips of the performance soon made it to social media, with a slew of Beyoncé fan pages posting the footage, Vibe reports.
This is Beyoncé’s first performance since she made a guest appearance during Coldplay’s Super Bowl half-time set.
Beyonce’s half-time performance was very polarizing. Her backup dancers were dressed as Black Panthers, and that made some people very upset. Michelle Malkin, conservative mouthpiece, expressed her disapproval on Twitter.
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) February 8, 2016
According to the LA Times, pro-life activist Lila Rose called Beyoncé’s performance “vulgar” on Twitter. She later deleted the tweet.
The backlash against Beyoncé began the day before Super Bowl 50 when she released her new song, “Formation,” along with a music video. In the song, Beyoncé sings about her identity and her ethnicity, praising the beauty of her African features.
“I like my negro nose with Jackson 5 nostrils,” she sings at one point of the song. “I like my baby hair with baby hair and afros. Made all this money but they never take the country out me.”
But the video for the song made clear references to the Black Lives Matter movement and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. This rubbed a lot of people in conservative circles the wrong way, the LA Times reported at the time.
“Beyoncé got a police escort there and then she gives a salute to the Black Lives Matter movement,” Fox & Friends host host Anna Kooiman said in response to the video and the Super Bowl performance.
Former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani wasn’t happy about the Beyoncé performance, either.
“I think it was outrageous,” he said. “The halftime show I thought was ridiculous anyway. I don’t know what the heck it was. A bunch of people bouncing around and all strange things. It was terrible.”
During her Super Bowl performance, Beyonce and her dancers did an X formation, which many people interpreted as a nod to black revolutionary Malcolm X.
Malcolm X’s daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz, praised the performance, Vibe reports.
“Lady Gaga was standing up as a victim of rape — her performance was for all the survivors and to empower people,” Shabazz told the New York Daily News. “There shouldn’t be an uproar because Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar say ‘Stop shooting us.’ ” Shabazz also praised Beyoncé for the way she presented herself and her dancers at the Super Bowl Halftime show.
“I noticed the background dancers were all African American wearing their hair naturally and I thought that was very beautiful.”
After the show, Beyoncé announced that she will be going on the Formation World Tour, much to the delight of her legions of fans. She also revealed that she will be partnering with The United Way to create a fund that will benefit the residents of Flint, Michigan, who are in the throes of a clean water crisis.
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