Every year is Beyoncé's year, and 2018 is no different.
From an epic Coachella performance to her and husband Jay-Z's highly successful On the Run II tour, the Destiny Child's alum continues to cement her status as one of the world's most talented entertainers. At the Global Citizen: Mandela 100 festival in Johannesburg, South Africa, commemorating what would have been Nelson Mandela's 100th birthday, Beyoncé and Jay performed parts of their summer tour.
Naturally, Bey exploded with talent and reminded us all why she has been at the top of her game for the last 20 years. In addition to a vocal wonderland, audiences were also treated to another particular highlight: Beyoncé the rapper.
The festival broadcast only treated viewers to 25 minutes of the performance, but that was more than enough time for Queen Bey to leave fans captivated and thankful they live in the same period as one of the greatest musicians ever.
In the video of their performance, Jay stands next to his queen, backing her up with "yeahs" and brrrraps like the devoted hype husband he is. For fans watching across the pond, Beyoncé once again did her thing with an array of outfit changes that have some wondering if her creative team will ever disappoint.
Beyoncé... it’s not even fair... pic.twitter.com/P40kyFJphT— Vince Valhalla (@VinceValholla) December 2, 2018
Members of the Beyhive marveled in the singer's extraordinary bars, which we'd love for her to indulge in more often.
She’s not human. Spitting them fast bars, then right into vocals, then dance break, back into vocals without. missing. a. beat! 👑 RT @YonceVocals: BEYONCÉ RAPPING IN HD VIDEO & SOUND QUALITY. BLESSED pic.twitter.com/XxmJ3p9K0Y— A.M. (@SuchALady16) December 3, 2018
Others were ready to dub her the new Queen of Rap.
One fan likened the performance to a Sunday morning at church.
beyoncé rapping is an BLESSING to the world. THE REAL QUEEN OF RAP!! pic.twitter.com/B59Jzj9tMY— sam (@emogaythot) December 3, 2018
The Carters headlined the festival, hosted by comedian and The Daily Show host Trevor Noah. Usher, Pharrell Williams and Ed Sheeran also lent their talent to the star-studded event.
According to Billboard, Mandela 100 aims to "raise $1 billion for initiatives working to end hunger, increase access to good nutrition for adolescent girls, reduce HIV/AIDS transmission rates, advocate for quality education, provide funding for women’s health, ensure access to clean water and safe sanitation worldwide and more."
At least half of that amount will be used to improve the livelihood of women and girls worldwide.
Ahead of the festival, Beyoncé published a letter she wrote to Mandela sharing the lifelong commitment Madiba made to end apartheid and fight for equality all his life meant to her.
"As we celebrate the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100, honoring your centennial year, I promise you that we have made your dreams our own," Beyoncé wrote. "Your work and your sacrifices were not in vain. I will cherish every moment shared in your presence and use the lessons learned from you as fuel to stir positive ideas and solutions."
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