The 48-year-old Nashville actress was lighting up the famed building to celebrate and honor the 2015 Global Citizen Festival & mark the United Nations new Global Objectives for Sustainable Development.
Then FLOTUS went on to offical presidential business: she was on a mission to spread the word about cause very important to her and related to the theme of GCF and a sect of the Let Girl’s Learn Initiative-the 62 Million Girls Campaign.
Beyonce closed an energetic set by welcoming to the stage a surprise guest she hugged warmly – Michelle Obama. “It was a gun that hit me on the left side of my forehead, it was a gun that hit my two friends, but it wasn’t a pen”.
Obama said she has traveled the world and met with young women who have not had a chance to receive an education.
She called for participation from the audience at large by tweeting pictures of themselves with the hashtag #62milliongirls and answering the question: What did I learn in school?
“I need schooling to be the highest precedence as a result of how can we finish poverty … once we deny the suitable to schooling”, she stated.
Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway, one of the world’s top donors, said that the festival should serve as a catalyst for a “massive increase in educational funding”.
“We are helping adolescent girls worldwide go to school”, Obama also said.
“It is a book and a pen that can change the life of a child – it’s not a gun”, Yousafzai added.
Stephen Colbert, Salma Hayek, Kerry Washington, Olivia Wilde, Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee are also set to host at the fest.
Backstage was simply as star-studded: Everyone from Daniel Craig to Jay Z – holding daughter Blue Ivy – was there.
The first came during “Drunk In Love”, where she brought out a special duet partner – but not the one you might expect – with Ed Sheeran coming through to rework the track.
Grande and Martin admitted they practiced it for the first time earlier in the day, but the performance ended up being lovely.
“I want y’all to feel the connection right now…”