Beyoncé Tours and Iconic Moments
There’s no denying that Beyoncé has had a remarkable career. From headlining global tours to live shows at some of the biggest events of the year, she’s a cut above when it comes to live, televised, and recorded performances and tours. These are a few of her most iconic moments so far.
Dangerously in Love Tour (2003)
The Dangerously In Love Tour was Queen Bey’s debut tour. In the fall of 2003, she toured Europe, visiting England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland, and the Netherlands. In addition to showcasing the songs on her Dangerously in Love album, the setlist included songs from her career with Destiny’s Child and her 2003 film, The Fighting Temptations.
Grammy Awards Performance (2004)
At the 2004 Grammy Awards, Beyoncé won five Grammy Awards for her Dangerously in Love album. She performed “Dangerously in Love 2,” “Crazy in Love,” and “Let’s Go Crazy” and cemented her position as a rising star in the industry. That night, she also performed alongside music legend Prince on some of the most recognizable songs in his repertoire, including “Purple Rain.”
The Beyoncé Experience (2007)
From spring to winter of 2007, Beyoncé toured the world on the Beyoncé Experience tour. On tour, Beyoncé promoted her second album, B’Day, while partnering with Second Harvest to help people experiencing famine. Show-goers were encouraged to bring food. While there were a few incidents along the tour, it grossed nearly $25 million, and nearly 275,000 fans attended.
Inauguration Performance (2009)
At the start of 2009, Beyoncé performed the iconic song “At Last” for the inauguration of President Barack Obama. She had recently played the role of Etta James in the biographical drama Cadillac Records and sang the song for the soundtrack. Beyoncé would go on to sing at the close of the 2013 presidential inauguration, as well.
I Am… World Tour (2009)
The I Am…World Tour lasted nearly a full year, running from March 2009 to February 2010 and promoting Beyoncé’s third album, I Am…Sasha Fierce. She visited all six populated continents and performed 110 total shows, highlighting the duality of Beyoncé as a performer and artist. In addition to the new album, she also sang songs from her first two albums and her career with Destiny’s Child.
I Am Yours Residency (2009)
Beyoncé’s I Am Yours Residency ran from July 30 to August 2, 2009, at the Encore at Wynn in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was her first concert residency and showcased her third album, I Am… Sasha Fierce. The show centered around Beyoncé’s recording career, and this residency was heralded as a close, raw look at the music and performing capability of Beyoncé as a rising star.
Billboard Music Awards (2011)
Beyoncé showed that she has always been a girl’s girl at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards with a show-stopping performance of “Run the World (Girls).” She started the song with a speech that resonated with many of her fans and followers: “Men have been given the chance to rule the world. But ladies, our revolution has begun.”
With 100 dancers at her back, Beyoncé showcased 4, her fourth studio album, and brought new sound, feeling, and themes of empowerment to her performance.
4 Intimate Nights With Beyoncé Residency (2011)
Beyoncé’s second residency was in New York City, New York, at the Roseland Ballroom, in August 2011. She had four backup dancers and a 20-piece live band and performed to an entirely standing-room audience of over 3,000 fans. It’s purported that tickets for the show sold out in less than a minute, and Beyoncé was commended for her ability to perform as capably for a small audience as she could for a packed stadium.
Reveal Presents Beyond Live Residency (2012)
The following year, Beyoncé had a residency in Atlantic City, New Jersey, at the Roseland Ballroom, as part of the promotion for the opening of a new hotel and casino. By this time, she was a mother, and critics heralded the show as a comeback after her pregnancy. The show ran for four nights.
The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour (2013)
For the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, Beyoncé performed 132 shows, starting in Serbia. It featured themes of royalty and queens and related fashions. In the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, Beyoncé sang songs including “Drunk in Love,” “Get Me Bodied,” and “Partition,” and made references to her relationship with Jay-Z. With a total gross revenue of nearly $230 million for the full tour, the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour was rated as both the highest-grossing female and solo tour of 2013.
Super Bowl Halftime Show (2013)
The Super Bowl Halftime Show of 2013 was a standout moment in music history. Beyoncé sang some of her most iconic songs, including “Single Ladies” and “Crazy in Love.” She also brought back some Destiny’s Child favorites in a reunion with her Destiny’s Child stars.
The show was a reminder that Beyoncé is one of the most remarkable live performers of her time, and it was the second most watched Super Bowl halftime show to that point.
The Formation World Tour (2016)
The Formation World Tour started in Miami and ran from April to October 2016. It highlighted Beyoncé’s album Lemonade, following her standout performance at the Super Bowl. It was a politically charged tour, with division on social media and threats of protests, but ultimately grossed over $250 million and spanned 49 sold-out performances. Critics commended Beyoncé’s energy, joy, and self-possession during the show.
In 2018, Beyoncé was the first Black woman to headline Coachella, and the moment is marked as important both in the span of her career and of Black history, in part due to the many homages of the live performance to Black culture and education. She gave her first performance to over 125,000 fans, and many began to refer to this year’s Coachella as Beychella, due to her remarkable influence over the entire event. Fans heard beloved songs like “Love on Top” and “Mi Gente (Remix).”
Renaissance World Tour (2023)
The Beyoncé Renaissance World Tour kicked off in May in Stockholm, Sweden, and runs through September, featuring shows and performances in Europe and North America. It’s her ninth tour and highlights her seventh album, Renaissance, which was produced during the COVID-19 era. This album focuses on themes of joy, inspiration, and escapism and speaks to the experience of marginalized communities, with an homage to Black music styles from the 1970s. The Renaissance tour also features colors from the LGBTQ+ flag, as well.
Tickets for this Beyonce show have been carefully released to avoid what happened during the purchase of Taylor Swift tickets. The tour includes 57 total shows and has been heralded by critics as the “Greatest Pop Show on Earth.” The setlist includes songs from the album, like “Alien Superstar,” “Cuff It,” “Cozy,” “Break My Soul,” and “Diva.”
Get Ready To See Bey
Beyoncé has had one of the most standout music careers of any artist today, from her solo tours to the On the Run Tour with Jay-Z. She continues to wow us with her elegance, her grace, her empowering lyrics, and the presence she brings to each and every performance, and her career is far from over. As she takes on another world tour with the latest in a long discography of iconic songs, she reminds us that girls do run the world and that there’s always something to look forward to when Beyoncé is in charge.
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