Beyoncé frequently goes all out for major events, and Monday night’s third and final performance at Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium was no exception.
The great Diana Ross led the audience in a “Happy Birthday” singalong during the performance, and late in the event, Kendrick Lamar, who had previously performed with Beyoncé on the closing night of her “Lemonade” tour in 2016, appeared to play “America Has a Problem.”
A number of celebrities were reportedly present for the performance, including Adele, Lizzo (who recently appeared unannounced in Beyonce’s tour video), Zendaya, Justin and Hailey Bieber, Katy Perry, Normani, Brandy, Timothée Chalamet, Chris Rock, Kate Hudson, Kim and Khloé Kardashian, and Kylie Jenner.
According to some sources, Beyoncé hit the stage at precisely 9:04 p.m. on her birthday.
A little over two hours into the performance, Ross joined the stage to perform her 1976 smash song “Love Hangover,” and she then led the crowd in a verse of “Happy Birthday” for Beyoncé.
After giving a round of thank-yous, Beyoncé said, “My soul is full. I’m so thankful, I’m trying not to cry. I’m thankful to be alive. I’m thankful to be on stage. I’m thankful to look out and see your faces. I’m thankful to be able to provide a safe space for all of y’all. I’m thankful for music, for the ability to heal myself through music which then heals all of you.”
She then gave more thank-yous and referenced her 2016 album, “Lemonade,” saying “I’m thankful that we all have the ability to make lemonade out of our lemons.”
She concluded by saying, “I thank you that I’m here at f—- 42. I’m grateful for joy and I thank God.”