Last night, Mrs. Carter kicked off the US leg of her sold-out world tour. B dazzled the celebrity packed crowd at the Staples Center. And received rave reviews from both critics and the jam packed crowd. Billboard reports that B, "brought it and turnt it up!" And that's exactly what we expect of Queen B. She is a force on the stage. She captures you from her entrance and leaves you breathless and in awe by the end of the night. There's nothing like it.
And last night was no different, Billboard reports:
The sold-out concert marked the launch of the U.S. leg of her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour— and capped the first day of BET’s inaugural three-day music and lifestyle festival, the BET Experience. Queen B’s two-hour musical and visual extravaganza also laid claim to something else: the multi-talented artist’s intent to join the rarefied ranks of ultimate entertainer.
From the first notes of “Girls Run the World,” she had the audience in her hands. Aided by her ladies—a tight all-female band, a trio of rich background female singers and a troupe of fluid and flexible female dancers (accompanied at times by the show’s two lone male dancers)—Beyoncé alternately gyrated, strutted, swaggered and belted her way through such songs as “Get Me Bodied” (prefaced by a playful call and response with the audience: “Hey, Mrs. Carter”), “Baby Boy,” “Diva,” “Freakum Dress” (wearing a deep-plunging, thigh-high split long red dress), “Party,” “Crazy in Love” and “Naughty Girl” (accented by a snippet of Donna Summer’s “Love to Love You”), “Countdown,” “Single Ladies” (integrating a snippet from the theme song to “The Jeffersons” TV show) and “Grown Woman.”
That said, a strong-voiced Beyoncé delivered a power-packed two hours, treating fans to a kaleidoscope of colorful imagery and on-point dancing that enhanced rather than overshadowed the music. “I’ve got so much energy,” she said before introducing her band, singers and dancers. “I just want to give it back to you guys.”
Another grand performance from the Queen. A host of celebs attended last night's performance--including Kobe Bryant, Katy Perry, Sia, Kelly & Michelle, Naturi Naughton and many more. Check out photos and video of B roc'n the stage last night in L.A.
B released rehearsal photos yesterday:
B's in Vegas tonight and then she's back to L.A. for the BET Awards and another sold-out show at the Staples Center on Monday.
Source: Billboard.com & hiphopheisenberg.com