On June 1, Beyonce headlined a charity concert promoting women’s rights, which included an appearance by Jay-Z and a duet by Jennifer Lopez and Mary J. Blige. Throughout, performers reminded the crowd of 50,000 of the evening’s mission — like when Beyonce performed a faithful cover of Sam Cooke‘s 1964 single “A Change Is Gonna Come.”
The Sound of Change concert was spearheaded by Chime For Change, a women’s rights organization co-founded by Beyonce, actress Salma Hayek Pinault and Gucci’s creative director Frida Giannini. Fittingly, whether Iggy Azalea was instructing the crowd to “Work” or Lopez called for reinforcements for a cover of the Beatles‘ “Come Together” — “I need a little help, Mary!” — the supporting acts performed songs about empowerment.
As for Beyonce, she reestablished that she’s indeed a “Grown Woman,” by performing the new single and summoning her husband Jay-Z for her first-ever solo single “Crazy in Love.” Check out the performances after the jump.
Beyonce, “A Change is Gonna Come” (Sam Cooke cover)
Iggy Azalea, “Work”
Rita Ora, “Hot Right Now”
Jessie J, “Price Tag”
Jennifer Lopez and Mary J. Blige, “Come Together” (Beatles cover)
Beyonce, “Crazy In Love” (ft. Jay-Z)
Beyonce, “Grown Woman”