Top 10 Beyoncé Performances

September 05 15:22 2015

Beyoncé is set to hit the stage tonight at the Made In America music festival in Philadelphia.

The festival is a two-day concert event curated by Beyoncé’s husband, Jay Z, and sponsored by Budweiser. It has been a Labor Day weekend tradition since 2012, according to 6abc Action News.

Beyoncé is scheduled to go onstage at 10:30 p.m. tonight, making this the pop superstar’s first performance of her own material since last September. Earlier this year, she performed “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” at the Grammy Awards and a three-song tribute to Stevie Wonder at a Grammy special. However, Beyoncé has not performed her own music since the final date of the On the Run Tour with Jay Z on September 13, 2014.

Tonight, all eyes will be on Queen B. In anticipation, we are counting down her top 10 performances of all time.

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10. “The Star-Spangled Banner,” 2013 Presidential Inauguration

When President Barack Obama was inaugurated in January 2013, he selected his close friend Beyoncé to sing the National Anthem at the ceremony. The singer faced numerous accusations of lip-syncing following the performance, which she later denied. Either way, Mrs. Carter sounded phenomenal and looked beautiful.

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9. “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing,” Fashion Rocks 2008

Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake took the stage at Fashion Rocks in 2008 to perform Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s 1968 duet. Beyoncé and Timberlake’s vocals blended together perfectly on this classic performance.

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8. Destiny’s Child Medley, I Am… Yours 2009

In 2009, Beyoncé took a break from her I Am… Tour to perform at a smaller venue, the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas. The concert was broadcast on ABC and was later released as a live CD/DVD. During the concert, Beyoncé performed a 9-minute medley of her hit singles with Destiny’s Child, explaining the band’s history throughout the performance.

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7. “I Was Here,” 2012 United Nations World Humanitarian Day

To honor humanitarian workers across the globe, Beyoncé gave a tearjerking performance of her song “I Was Here” at the United Nations World Humanitarian Day event.

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6. “Proud Mary,” 2008 Grammy Awards

At the 2008 Grammy Awards, Beyoncé performed onstage with one of her idols, Tina Turner. The duo beautifully performed the iconic song together.

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5. “Young Forever/Halo,” On the Run Tour 2014

At the end of every show during the On the Run Tour, Jay Z and Beyoncé paid tribute to their daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, with a medley of his song “Young Forever” and her song “Halo.” During the performance, the pair stood together, watching footage of their daughter, marriage and vacations on the big screen. The performance was highlighted during the HBO special for the tour.

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4. “Love on Top,” 2011 MTV Video Music Awards

At the 2011 VMAs, Beyoncé flawlessly performed her hit single “Love on Top” before dropping her microphone, unbuttoning her jacket and revealing a baby bump. Who else announces their pregnancy at an award show?

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3. Medley, Super Bowl XLVII 2013

Prior to the release of her last album, Beyoncé killed it at the Super Bowl halftime show. She enlisted Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams from Destiny’s Child as her special guests. The performance — which was followed by a stadium blackout — became the second most tweeted moment in the history of Twitter. Beyoncé performed nine of her hit songs, including “Crazy In Love,” “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” and “Halo.”

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2. Beyoncé Medley, 2014 MTV Video Music Awards

At the 2014 VMAs, Beyoncé not only took home the Video Vanguard Award, but she also performed a 16-minute medley of nearly every song from her 2013 surprise-release self-titled album. At the end of her performance, Jay Z and presented the award to his wife with their daughter, Blue Ivy, in his arms.

Beyoncé 2014 MTV VMA Video Vanguard (Medley) | Show Performance from terry.harden.mercer on Vimeo.

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1. “Run the World (Girls),” 2011 Billboard Music Awards

In 2011, Beyoncé performed her single “Run the World (Girls)” at the Billboard Music Awards. Critics deemed Queen Bey the standout performer of the evening. Watch the unforgettable performance, introduced by Beyoncé’s friends and family, below.



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