Watching Beyoncé and Jay-Z live is not for someone who sits down and tires easily. It is a marathon of an event; their set alone was around three hours, an amount longer than most headliners. But obviously, it’s worth it. And if one is getting tired just watching, imagine the stamina of the performers themselves.
Before the couple came up on stage at the AT&T Stadium, the stage first welcomed Chloe x Halle, an R&B sister duo signed under Beyoncé’s label Parkwood. Next up was DJ Khaled, whose brand has become that of a wholesome dad who you can’t help but laugh with. The way he comes out to a packed stadium wearing a sweatsuit and Jordan sneakers with the screen showing home videos of him and his son drills this into the audience.
Finally, almost 2 hours into the show, the room goes dark and the crowd screams in anticipation. The couple enters in matching white, holding hands; a clear sign of true love and unity.
Beyonce and Jay-Z truly do complement each other’s styles. When Jay-Z takes the stage by himself, it doesn’t feel like something is missing or vice-versa. It feels like two halves of a whole. The show perfectly interweaves Jay-Z’s classic rap with Beyonce’s over the top pop performances in a way that keeps the audience standing and engaged the entire time, even as the style of music changes. It never feels jarring, but rather like a smooth transition into something just as good.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z each have their crowning moments in the spotlight. At first it seems like Beyoncé’s will be when she sings “Don’t Hurt Yourself,” dancing happily as she shouts “you ain’t married to no average bitch, boy.” But the show continues to get bigger and bigger. In all these moments, Beyoncé looks like she’s genuinely having a good time, which makes it all the more easier for us to share in that happiness with her.
The second to last song they performed is a combination of “Forever Young” and “Perfect Duet.” It was bittersweet way to close out a show that has people of all ages in it. For the younger people in the crowd, Beyoncé is a symbol of eternal youth and power. For the older crowd, Beyoncé is the beauty of the past and the glow of happier times. But to both groups, she will always be forever young.