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Inside Beyoncé’s Invite-Only Dubai Concert: Singer Performs First Show in Four Years and Duets With

Beyoncé performed her first live show in more than four years, singing tunes she rarely does onstage and duetting with daughter Blue Ivy Carter. The Grammy-winning star gave a nearly 75-minute performance Saturday in Dubai to help launch the city’s new luxurious and opulent hotel, The Atlantis Royal. Attendees at the invite-only event included her husband Jay-Z, parents Tina Knowles-Lawson and Mathew Knowles and her three children, as well as celebrity guests, influencers and business people tied to the hotel. The singer performed alongside a full band, several background dancers and the 48-person all-female orchestra Firdaus — all donning bright red. The Mayyas, the all-female, Lebanese precision dance group who won America’s Got Talent last year, also performed and wowed the audience. And fireworks burst in the sky and from the sides of the luxury hotel. In a feathery, bright yellow ensemble, Beyoncé kicked off the concert singing her version of Etta James’ “At Last,” which she famously covered in 2008 when she played James in Cadillac Records. Beyoncé also sang the classic song during Barack Obama’s first dance with Michelle Obama on the night of his inauguration in 2009.

Blue Ivy — who made a cameo during her mom’s performance at last year’s Academy Awards — wore a red suit and sneakers, and her mom touched her face as she sang the track that celebrates dark- and brown-skinned women. They also performed some choreography together. Blue Ivy, 11, received loud applause from the crowd as she entered the stage to open with the song “Brown Skin Girl,” her collaboration with her mother that won both of them a Grammy Award in 2021. Blue Ivy.

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“My beautiful children are here to see their mom perform,” Beyoncé told the audience, “Where are all my brown skin girls? Give it up for my baby, my brown skin girl, Miss Blue Ivy Carter,” Beyoncé said.