Beyonce Joins Jay Z at Hillary Clinton Concert in Cleveland
If Jay Z performing for free in Cleveland on Friday night (Nov. 4) wasn’t a big enough draw for Ohioans and Midwestern road-trippers, he brought along Big Sean, Chance the Rapper and J. Cole — oh, and his superstar wife Beyoncé too.
The concert was in support of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, and the Democratic nominee for president was also in Cleveland, snapping pics with Jay and Bey backstage before the show — and eventually hitting the stage at the end of the concert.
After an opening set from Jay and mini-sets from Sean, Chance and Cole, Jay returned to the stage, and moments later, the opening strains of Bey’s Lemonade standout “Formation” played and the rumors were confirmed: Beyoncé was in the building.
“If you came to slay, say, ‘I slay!'” she instructed the crowd to wild screams, rocking a black-and-white polka-dot pant suit and backed by dancers in royal-blue pant suits — a nod to Clinton’s fashion of choice.
“Less than 100 years ago, women did not have the right to vote,” Beyonce said to the crowd after wrapping up “Formation.” “Look how far we’ve come from having no voice to being on the brink of making history by electing the first woman president. But we have to vote.”
After recalling her excitement about voting for Barack Obama eight years ago so her nephew could grow up with a black president, she talked about what voting for Clinton will mean to her own daughter, Blue Ivy.
The set also included “Freedom,” a medley of Destiny’s Child’s “Independent Women, Pt. 1” and her solo hit “Girls (Who Run the World)” and a joint performance of Jay’s “Holy Grail,” with Bey taking over vocal duties for Justin Timberlake.