Beyonce Honors Prince With Powerful Vocal Rendition of ‘The Beautiful Ones’

By Chika Dunu
Chika Dunu
Chika Dunu
May 10, 2016 Updated: May 10, 2016

Beyonce’s tribute to Prince on the first night of her Formation World Tour in Miami doesn’t hold a candle to her tribute to the legendary musician on her stop in Dallas.

Beyonce was in her home state of Texas on Monday, May 9, when she granted fans the opportunity to witness a vocal powerhouse performance when she passionately belted out the lyrics to “The Beautiful Ones,” originally recorded by Prince. The singer last covered the song at Glastonbury in 2011.

In a military-inspired bodysuit by fashion designer Roberto Cavalli, Beyonce kneels on her knees on the purple lit stage and begs for answers when she sings: “Baby, baby, baby/What’s it gonna be/Baby, baby, baby/Is it her or is it me?/Don’t make me waste my time/Don’t make me lose my mind baby.”

She goes on to sing: “Do you want her?/ Or Do you want me?/Cause I want you…” The passion in her voice mirrored the passion of the ballads on her latest album, “Lemonade.” 

The “Formation” singer and Prince first encountered each other during their 2004 Grammys performance together. They pair sang a collaboration of “Purple Rain” and “Crazy in Love.”

On the kickoff date of her tour in Miami, Beyonce paid a more simple tribute to Prince when she turned the stage purple and played “Purple Rain” which resulted in a sing-along from the lively audience. In the final moments of that particular concert, the “Get Me Bodied” singer said, “Prince, thank you for your beautiful music.”

Beyonce is just one of several musicians to cover songs by the late musician during their own concert shows. 

Paul McCartney, the former Beatles member paid homage to Prince while on his One on One Tour during his stop in Minnesota—Prince’s home state. McCartney honored the “late, great Prince” with a rendition of “Let’s Go Crazy” as he jammed out on the guitar on a purple lit stage.

“Here’s to the man,” McCartney said after playing the tune. “Loved that guy. Thank you Prince, for writing so many beautiful songs, so much music. And he’s your guy.” 

Watch Beyonce’s tribute above.