Dr. Valerie Wardlaw, Contributing WriterSeptember 7, 2023
Beyoncé Knowles Carter Slays LA Again
Beyoncé Knowles Carter is the undisputed queen of the music world. For three nights, Queen Bey easily and magnificently displayed her majestic talent while turning this massive arena into a silver and chrome blinged-out runaway with fans strutting their best looks and loving every minute.
The people-watching was all that. Seeing all shapes, sizes, ethnicities, genders, and ages dancing and singing with total abandonment was beautiful. The joy was contagious. Ask anyone fortunate enough to experience this tour live, and they will tell you that Beyoncé is that artist who commands the stage like no other. Who could command a stage for over three hours, and fans still want an encore? Beyoncé, that’s who.
The stars did come out every night, but Beyoncé was without question the brightest of them all. From the moment a resplendent Beyoncé took the stage, you knew the night would be extraordinary. The visual artistry of Queen Bey was just magical. God has smiled on this creative soul. The screens are large enough so that every person can see the performance, with no squinting necessary. The stage, costumes, makeup, and hair are flawless.
Beyoncé expressed her gratitude for all the love she’s received through the years. We’ve all heard about the loyalty and love that the BeyHive has for her, but to see it expressed up close is electrifying. No wonder Bey responded, saying, “I love you deep.”
Beyonce begins the show with a few lovely ballads. The woman can sing. She remembered the late, great Tina Turner with a rendition of “River Deep, Mountain High.” Tina Turner loved Bey, too. Remember their 2008 performance of “Proud Mary” at the Grammy Awards when they bowed to each other, holding hands, showing great respect for one another.
The fans didn’t just sing along to a few songs; they sang every single song.
They also danced as if their admission into SoFi depended on it. Fans not only tried to mimic her stage moves, they also recreated all her video moves. It was a party y’all.
Beyonce moved through her tremendous catalog of music, performing hit after hit; “Cuff It,” “Alien Superstar,” “Heated,” and “Church Girl” from her Grammy-winning album “Renaissance.” The crowd roared for “Break My Soul,” a song that propels you to get up and get your groove on, as well as “Formation,” “Savage,” and “Run the World.” The crowd took over “Love on Top” as Beyoncé playfully kept the sing-along on the beat. Beyoncé seemed to love every minute of it.
We witnessed a mother’s pride first-hand as 11-year-old Blue Ivy Carter performed to thunderous applause. I wonder what went through the mind of this preteen as she soaked up all that love. I can only imagine Blue Ivy’s answer when her teacher asks – how was your summer break?
The performances of Beyonce’s band, dancers, and Les Twins, the brilliant performance artists – brothers from France, were beautiful. Hopefully, each performer felt the love because they were top-notch, A+, and otherworldly.
The Renaissance World Tour was an artistic, cultural, soulful, musical, and visual masterpiece. Thank you, Ms. Carter, you slayed LA again.