PHOTO GALLERY: Ladies Who Rocked The Chime For Change Concert
Dressed in a curve-enhancing leather bodysuit designed by Gucci, Beyoncé took the stage for the show that was aimed at promoting female empowerment throughout the world. The singer, along with actress Salma Hayek and Gucci creative director Frida Giannini, co-founded the Chime For Change charity to support projects improving access to education, health care and justice for women.
Beyoncé began her headlining set, which was broadcast in the States last night (June 2), with Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” and Etta James’ “At Last,” but dedicated the rest of the night to the ladies. She danced her way through her girl power anthems like “Run The World (Girls),” “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” and “Survivor” from Destiny’s Child 2001 album of the same name. And slowed things down for “If I Was A Boy” and “Halo,” mashing it up with an a cappella version of “I Will Always Love You.”
Jay-Z even joined Bey onstage for her 2003 hit, “Crazy In Love,” planting a kiss on her cheek that really made the crowd go wild. (Check out that candid moment at 2:34 in the video below.)
Though Bey recently premiered her H+M-approved song “Standing On The Sun” at a show in Antwerp, Belgium the following day (June 2), she didn’t perform any new songs from her upcoming album at Chime For Change benefit. Watch the video of “Standing On The Sun” below.
The mostly female lineup included Jessie J, Florence and the Machine, Mary J Blige, Rita Ora, Ellie Goulding, and Jennifer Lopez, who joined Blige for a duet of the Beatles classic “Come Together.” Madonna also made an appearance, though not a performance, to speak in support of women’s education.
The Daily Beast reported that the Chime for Change concert raised $4.3 million in ticket sales, which will fund approximately 200 projects in 70 countries around the world through Catapult, the first crowd-funding platform solely dedicated to advancing the lives of girls.