We don’t call her Queen Bey for nothing.
You don’t have to be a big listener of Beyoncé’s music to accept her as your queen and majesty. But a video that recently resurfaced on Tumblr of her singing to one particular fan reminds us all why she rules – in every sense of the word.
At a packed London concert in March 2014, Beyoncé shared a sweet moment with a fan during her performance of “Halo” (check out the even closer video in the Tumblr link, trust me). The fan – wearing a light-up Halo – was singled out because of a sign she was holding that read, “You helped me beat depression. From now on I will always rise. Thank you Bey.”
There’s something particularly cathartic and powerful about this fan interaction. I didn’t really start paying attention to Beyoncé’s music (I know) until after seeing this video a few billion times.
Sure, it’s not exactly a super unique story. Beyoncé has a pretty awesome track record of doing amazing things for fans, like singing for a young, terminally ill girl or when she posed for this fan’s selfie at a concert mid-singing. And the whole ‘music changed this girl’s life’ story isn’t groundbreaking either.
After all, that’s what music is supposed to do – speak to the soul and move people. Personally, when I get so anxious I literally can’t focus, Jason Mraz’s ‘Living in the Moment’ quiets my mind of the ‘could haves’ and ‘what ifs’ whirring around.
But this particular video is undeniably moving, and impossible to watch once. Maybe it’s seeing a larger than life star brought down to earth and face-to-face with the impact her music has made. Maybe it’s the humanizing factor of the emotional moment that we can all relate to. Or maybe it’s just because freakin’ Beyoncé is right there and anyone can imagine how powerful that must be up close. Like a beautiful tigress unicorn making sustained eye contact with you.
For the record, it’s just as impactful from another angle (4:07):
For whatever reason, it’s a really beautiful moment that the internet just started recirculating. And it’s pretty awesome to see that a megastar can 1) sound just as good live as they do recorded and 2) recognize that their music has a deep impact on some people and can share that with a fan who, if she wasn’t forever changed enough, surely is forever changed now.
So thousands of years from now when they excavate the fossils of our society and deem that we worshipped Queen of the World, Beyoncé, at least we have proof to know that we definitely made the right choice in our idol.