Beyoncé’s Heartfelt Tribute To Pulse Club Victims And Christina Grimmie
Beyoncé, the modern day pop legend, has recently made a heartfelt tribute to one of the most tragic occurrences in recent times. During her “Formation World Tour’s” first leg, Beyoncé closed out the concert by paying her respects to the victims of the recent nightclub massacre in Florida. According to Billboard, Beyoncé introduced “Halo” as a song about love, and she used it as a way to pay respect to all those who lost loved ones in Florida.
.@Beyonce performs touching rendition of 'Halo' for Orlando victims: https://t.co/MCaEXIuFEp pic.twitter.com/tMH2yxBouP
— Essence Magazine (@essencemag) June 19, 2016
The dedication was intended for the victims of the Pulse club shooting, which had happened the week before, and also to the former Voice contestant Christina Grimmie, who was fatally shot after a concert the previous Friday night, also in Orlando. Grimmie was shot by Kevin James Loibl, who then took his life after.
WATCH: Emotional tribute as @Beyonce sings, dedicates her song "Halo" to Orlando victims at her concert last night. https://t.co/sjH0NhtQ4b
— Good Morning America (@GMA) June 15, 2016
Beyoncé will be taking a two-week break from performing before starting the European leg of the tour on June 28 in Sunderland, England. The “Lemonade” singer will also be playing another nine shows in the United States beginning on September 7, with the first concert scheduled for East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Apart from paying her respects, Beyoncé has also helped out another worthy cause by assisting with their fundraising efforts. According to Time, Beyoncé helped raise over $82,000 for the Flint Water Crisis Relief efforts. As part of Beyoncé’s ongoing philanthropic effort, she has given her fans the option to donate while making a purchase of tickets. The initiative has proven to work as it has helped raise $82,234 to provide relief for the city of Flint in Michigan. A check was presented by Parkwood Entertainment, the management company of Beyoncé, to the United Way of Genesee County at a Detroit high school Monday.
Beyoncé donated $82,234 in Formation Tour ticket sales toward Flint water crisis relief. https://t.co/lYlB5Fmvra pic.twitter.com/I4N6jIbyye
— The FADER (@thefader) June 15, 2016
Stacey D. Stewart, the U.S. President of United Way Worldwide, spoke on the philanthropic efforts of Beyoncé.
“We are so grateful for the support Beyoncé has given to those in Flint and the way she has inspired her fans to fight for the education, health and financial stability of everyone in their communities. This partnership demonstrates just how easy it can be to give back.”
Aside from the main donation, Parkwood also announced that 14 high school students will receive college gifts to cover the costs of their education, along with tickets to Beyoncé’s upcoming Detroit concert at Ford Field.
Given Beyoncé’s popularity, her name could end up just about anywhere. According to Time, an actual queen bee residing in a bee colony in a Swedish University will be named Beeyonce.
The name choice is reportedly a result of an online poll by the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, who asked the internet for a little help when it came to naming their two queen bees inside the two new bee hives the campus had acquired. The second queen bee, in addition to the Beyoncé-inspired name, will be named “Bee McBeeface.” The bee is not the first time Beyoncé had her name taken as inspiration for a member of the insect world. Back in 2012, a horsefly was named Scaptia Plinthina Beyonceae.
Internet names university's Queen Bees 'Bee McBeeface' & 'Beeyonce'????????https://t.co/W53Q1tT64f pic.twitter.com/eSPm90KpEn
— Good Morning America (@GMA) June 14, 2016
According to another Time article, a fan of Beyoncé’s who had just had wisdom teeth surgery still attended her concert.
The Beyoncé superfan, Chelsea Bunner, had her wisdom teeth removal surgery scheduled for just a few days before the Beyoncé concert. Despite still recovering from her surgery, Chelsea managed to see her idol in concert and had the time of her life seeing Beyoncé on stage.
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