Beyonce's Prince Tribute At The 'Formation' Tour Is A Perfect Callback To Their History Together
The Formation World Tour kicked off in style in Miami on April 27, and fans have not been disappointed. From "Boycott Beyoncé" t-shirts to hearing tracks from her new album Lemonade live, everyone who got tickets is incredibly lucky. Did you hear me? Lucky. And in the sweetest move of all time, Beyoncé paid tribute to Prince, who sadly passed away on April 21, 2016. Prince's iconic song "Purple Rain" played during a costume change in the show, inspiring fans to wave their cell phones like lighters in tribute to the singer. It sounds like a beautiful and emotional moment in the show, and as the two singers worked together, it's totally understandable that Beyoncé paid tribute to Prince during the Formation World Tour.
Prince and Beyoncé performed together at the Grammys in 2004. Their performance was a mash-up of several of their songs, including "Purple Rain," so Beyoncé's tribute makes a lot of sense. According to US Magazine, "The entire screen turned purple, as fans at Miami's Marlins Park waved their lit cell phones in the air and sang along to the music,"and later in the show, Beyoncé apparently said, "Prince, thank you for your beautiful music."
Back in 2004, Beyoncé was totally starstruck about meeting and performing with Prince at the Grammys. Her career has gone stratospheric since then, but it's heartwarming to hear the singer talk about working with Prince in an interview with Giant Magazine. In the audio interview, Beyoncé says, "I was just so overwhelmed and nervous and starstruck... I was so scared and in my shell in rehearsals," with Prince allegedly telling her, "Don't be scared. Come on, belt it out." It's difficult to imagine the "Formation" singer being so nervous about performing, and it perfectly demonstrates what a legend Prince was.
As The Formation World Tour continues, there are sure to be many more surprises. Beyoncé never disappoints, and hearing songs from Lemonade live must be an awesome experience. One of the things that makes her such an amazing performer is the way in which she acknowledges the other artists who have inspired her, helped her, and continue to make her the amazing performer she is today. By playing "Purple Rain" on opening night, Beyoncé gave a throwback to one of the most exciting moments of her career to date, when she collaborated with a true legend who will be greatly missed.