Beyoncé’s Coachella Performance Shatters YouTube Record

Beychella keeps making history. On Saturday (April 14), Beyoncé became the the first black woman to headline the festival. Her epic performance was also the most-viewed performance in Coachella history.

Approximately 458,000 viewers from around the world tuned into watch Queen Bey slay on YouTube, the most ever for a single Coachella performance since they started streaming the festival eight years ago. The two-hour extravaganza featured cameos from Destiny’s Child, JAY-Z, and Solange.

Overall, Bey helped Coachella have its biggest YouTube numbers of all time. This year, the fest earned 43.1 million views and streams from across the globe, the most of any live festival in YouTube history.

Mrs. Carter also gave Twitter traction. “Beychella” was reportedly mentioned about 2.2 million times on Twitter. The social media platform also included the highest tweets per minute near the end of her set, according to Billboard. This is all the more impressive since Beyoncé isn’t even an active Twitter user, with her last post coming in June of 2017.

Queen Bey is using the HBCU-inspired performance to do good. Following her show-stopping set, the philanthropist announced a $100,000 Homecoming Scholars Award program for HBCU students.

Bey is back in Indio, Calif. this weekend for Weekend 2 of Coachella on Saturday (April 21).

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Beyoncé Donates $100,000 to Historically Black Colleges

Beyoncé paid tribute to historically black colleges during her acclaimed Coachella performance, and now the superstar is donating $100,000 to four black universities through her charitable BeyGOOD foundation.

On Monday (April 16), ‘Yoncé announced the inaugural recipients of her Homecoming Scholars Award Program. Donations will go to students from Tuskegee University, Bethune-Cookman University, Xavier University of Louisiana, and Wilberforce University. One student from each school will receive $25,000 towards their 2018-2019 school year.

“The [Coachella] show, with its homage to excellence in education, was a celebration of the homecoming weekend experience, the highest display of college pride,” reads a statement from BeyGOOD. “The energy-filled production put the spotlight on art and culture, mixing the ancient and the modern, which resonated masterfully through the marching band, performance art, choir and dance. It was the impetus to mark her second scholarship program.”

Each student will be required to maintain a 3.5 GPA. Their disciplines of study can include literature, creative arts, African-American studies, science, education, business, communications, social sciences, computer science, and engineering. This award will be available to students of any gender.

Last year, Queen Bey launched her Formation Scholars program. She donated money to female students from Berklee College of Music, Howard University, Parsons School of Design, and Spelman College.

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Watch Beyoncé’s Epic Coachella Performance

Coachella turns into Beychella. Beyoncé proved why she is one of the world’s greatest entertainers on Saturday (April 14) with a history-making performance on Day 2 of Coachella.

After postponing last year’s performance due to her pregnancy, Queen Bey slayed with a spectacular 105-minute set, complete with a marching band, outfit changes, and fireworks. Backed by an army of 100 dancers and band members, she kicked off the homecoming-themed performance with a pep rally. After entering in a regal Balmain ensemble, ‘Yoncé changed into a yellow hoodie and denim cutoff shorts.

“Coachella, y’all ready?” she asked before opening with “Crazy in Love.” She owned the stage with hit after hit, including “Freedom,” “Formation,” “Sorry,” “Bow Down,” “Diva,” “Flawless,” “Feeling Myself,” and “Don’t Hurt Yourself.”

As the first African-American female headliner, Queen Bey thrilled festivalgoers with a cameo from JAY-Z (“Déjà Vu”) before reuniting with her Destiny’s Child groupmates. Dressed in matching outfits, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams hit the stage for a trio of hits including “Lose My Breath,” “Say My Name,” and “Soldier.” Even Solange popped up for a “Get Me Bodied” dance off.

Following fan favorites like “Single Ladies,” ‘Yoncé delivered a heartwarming speech to her fans at home and in Indio, Calif. “I just wanna say thank you guys. I’m so happy that I’m here,” she said. I was supposed to perform at Coachella before but I ended up getting pregnant, thank God, and I had time to dream and dream and dream with two beautiful souls in my belly. I dreamt up this performance. This is everything and more than I dreamt of it being. Thank for sharing this with me.”

If you missed it, watch the epic Beychella performance below.

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Beyoncé, The Weeknd, & Migos Coachella Performances to Stream Live on YouTube

Can’t make it to Coachella? Don’t worry because the festival will be streaming select performances via YouTube.

Beyoncé, The Weeknd, Migos, and others will have their sets broadcast live online during Weekend 1 of the three-day desert festival, which runs from April 13-15 in Indio, Calif.

Eminem will headline Sunday (April 15), but as of now, his set is not confirmed for the live stream. The same goes for Cardi B, who announced her pregnancy over the weekend.

Among the 77 artists currently confirmed for the live stream are Post Malone, Vince Staples, 6LACK, Tyler, the Creator, French Montana, WizKid, Aminé, Belly, Chloe x Halle, Daniel Caesar, and DeJ Loaf. More names will be added leading up the festival.

As of now, the T-Mobile-sponsored stream will only be available for Weekend 1. On-demand videos will also be available, according to the report.

Google is also a partner this year. “Hey Google, talk to Coachella” will prompt an interactive experience via Google Home, including trivia test, festival information, set times, travel notes, and exclusive backstage interviews throughout the weekend.

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Report: Beyoncé Hires 100 Dancers for Coachella

Beyoncé is keeping it 100 for Coachella.

More details have emerged about her top secret performance, as she ups her dancer count from around a dozen to 100 ahead of the desert festival, according to TMZ.

Insiders say that ‘Yoncé decided to raise the number this week, and that she is getting in “Formation” at a larger studio to accommodate her army of dancers. The troupe has reportedly signed nondisclosure agreements.

Aside from 100 dancers, Beyoncé’s Coachella set will also have other show-stopping elements. Fans can expect lights, visuals, and more, according to the report. Queen Bey is reportedly looking to wow viewers even more than usual since she was forced to cancel her Coachella set last year due to pregnancy.

While some details have leaked, the mystique remains. Her lengthy rehearsals are reportedly so secretive that even execs at her label are in the dark about the performance. Recent reports indicate that she’s been holding 11-hour practice sessions with security guards keeping things under wraps.

Mrs. Carter will headline Coachella on April 14 and 21. The Weeknd and Eminem are also co-headlining the two-weekend festival, which will include performances from Cardi B, SZA, Tyler, the Creator, Migos, and more. After that, Queen Bey and JAY-Z will launch their joint “OTR II Tour” in June.

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