World leaders and some of music’s biggest stars came together for a greater cause, at the 2015 Global Citizen Festival on Saturday night. Held at Central Park in New York City, 60,000 enjoyed performances from Beyoncé, Pearl Jam, Ed Sheeran, and Coldplay. Queen Bey once again dazzled the crowd, with a near hour set of some of her biggest hits, delivering a stage show of her Coachella 2015 performance. Beyoncé shared the moment on stage with a few friends, as Ed Sheeran was the first special guest, joined the superstar for a duet of “Drunk in Love.”
Once her stage time came to an end, Beyoncé called on one more guest, the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama. “I am honored to follow a woman whom I admire and adore, someone who believes as passionately as I do, the boundless promise of girls worldwide,” said FLOTUS. The night wasn’t done for Beyoncé, who returned to the stage during Pearl Jam’s closing set. Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder and Bey came together to do a cover of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song,” as a clip of a Nelson Mandela speech played on the big screen.
Hosted by Stephen Colbert, the event was live-streamed on MSNBC and featured appearances by Kerry Washington, Salma Hayek Pinault, Olivia Wilde, Usher, Jason Sudeikis, Ariana Grande, and more. This year’s event coincided with the launch of the United Nations’ new Global Goals initiative to end extreme poverty by 2030.
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