Beyonce & Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder Sing "Redemption Song" Because She Loves To Educate & Entertain — VIDEO
Now, this is a combination that I never saw coming. In fact, I'm still trying to believe that this majestic musical moment even happened, but then the Global Citizen Festival in New York appeared to be a music lover's dream all around. During the festival, Beyoncé and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder covered "Redemption Song," and, yes, Bob Marley sang it better, but Beyoncé and Vedder still provided us with an admirable cover that gave you almost the same chills that you get when you listen to Marley's version. Then again, was anyone surprised by that? Beyoncé was involved. In the same weekend that Beyoncé covered "Drunk In Love" with Ed Sheeran (is it a cover if one of you is the one who originally sang the song?), the pop star proved that she was at the festival to educate as well as entertain. But that's far from the only time that Beyoncé has used her musical clout to educate her fans.
The acoustic cover of the song was accompanied by a clip of Nelson Mandela midway through, in which the late former President of South Africa gave a speech about poverty. In the background of the speech, you could hear Beyoncé adding a little bit of vocal flavor to accompany the music and Mandela's words, enhancing the experience for the listener and proving that the 33-year-old can pretty much elevate any moment.
But, as I said, this is far from the first time that Beyoncé used her musical way to educate and entertain at the same time. In fact, here are six more examples.
By now, we all know why "Flawless" is credited as featuring Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. It's because half the song is an excerpt of a speech about women and feminism by Adichie — and defines exactly what feminism means for people who still mistakenly think of it as female domination or man-hating. It ties in perfectly with Beyoncé's infamous 2014 MTV VMAs performance, in which she declared herself to be a feminist in the most subtle way possible.
2. Chime For Change
In the months leading up to the 2015 Global Citizen Festival, Beyoncé's "Chime For Change" promised access to the free concert in exchange for hundreds of initiatives to help people suffering from poverty everywhere. At the website for the festival, fans could take up to five Action Journeys between then and September 16, in order to maximize their chances of winning tickets to the festival.
3. BeyGOOD Haiti
In May 2015, Beyoncé took a trip to Haiti and visited Saint Damien Pediatric Hospital, which provides medical treatment for disadvantaged and sick children. With this video, she encouraged fans to donate to the hospital, which was suffering from a loss of funding that was negatively impacting their ability to care for their young patients.
4. "Yours and Mine"
In her reflective video about her life since the release of her 2013 self-titled surprise album, Beyoncé covered topics from loving others to loving oneself to fame and the press to boundaries and privacy, from feminism to politics. No matter what you learn from the video, you can't deny that you learn something — and you maybe even come out of it loving Beyoncé that much more.
5. "Pretty Hurts"
An entire song about unrealistic beauty standards? Yassss, Beyoncé.
6. "Goodwill & Beyoncé — Text To Give"
In this team up between Beyoncé and Goodwill, the pop star encouraged her fans to text her name to a certain number in order to donate $10 to Goodwill and Miss A Meal.
These examples are just some of the many, many examples of Beyoncé's fondness for charity, for using her fame and her name to affect real change in the world around her. So it comes as no surprise that she would team up with Eddie Vedder to cover Bob Marley's "Redemption Song." The real surprise is that it took her this long.