Queen Bey, who turned 34 on Friday, headlined day one of the Jay Z curated two-day concert series at Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
She strutted on stage in a “Bootylicious” bejeweled bodysuit, then changed into several other racy ensembles, between belting out her hits including “Run the World (Girls),” “7/11,” “Ring the Alarm,” “Halo,” and “Drunk In Love.”
The singer also gave a shout-out to Destiny’s Child, the group that made her famous, asking, “Where my survivors at?” before performing “Survivor,” in the concert that ran live on Jay Z’s music streaming service Tidal.
She made sure to also acknowledge former group members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams too, saying “Shout-out to my girl Kelly, I love you. My girl Michelle, I love you.”
Beyoncé went on to offer words of encouragement to the crowd and talked about female empowerment. Her carefully choreographed set included a background dancer moving to the words of Maya Angelou‘s classic “Phenomenal Woman” between songs.
The diva also paid tribute to UFC champion Ronda Rousey, playing her now famous “Do Nothing B–ch” speech, which launched a campaign to promote healthy body image.
“I have this one term for the kind of woman that my mother raised me to not be. I call it a ‘do nothing b–ch’,” Rousey said. “The kind of chick that just tries to be pretty and be taken care of by someone else. That’s why I think it’s hilarious if my body looks masculine or something like that. Listen, just because my body was developed for a purpose other than fu–ing millionaires doesn’t mean it’s masculine,” Rousey said in the clip that has gotten millions of views on YouTube.
Talk about girl power!
Other performers Saturday included Modest Mouse, Nick Jonas and Meek Mill. The Made in America festival continues Sunday with performances by Big Sean, J. Cole, The Weeknd, Future, Banks and Axwell & Ingrosso.