Beyoncé Honors Prince and Vanity 6 At Formation World Tour Opening


Last night Beyoncé opened her Formation World Tour at Marlins Park in Miami. After an exciting opening set from DJ Khaled that featured a stacked guest appearance list — Lil Wayne, Future, 2 Chainz, Trick Daddy, and Rick Ross all stopped by — Beyoncé took the stage, of course opening with “Formation.”

The 30-plus song setlist was peppered with fan favorites, both new and old. For every Dangerously in Love cut (“Crazy in Love,” “Naughty Girl,” “Me, Myself, and I”), there was another cut from her most recent release Lemonade (“Sorry,” “All Night,” “Hold Up,” “Don’t Hurt Yourself”). And you can bet your bottom dollar that there was no dearth of choreographed dancing, extravagant outfits, and fantastical theatrics sprinkled across the show’s running time.

But some of the most touching moments during the show came not when she performed her own songs — and, sometimes, not when she was performing at all. Rather, it was her tributes that seemed to really send the audience over. During a costume change, the entire stage went purple, and the audience was lead in an emotional singalong of “Purple Rain” by Prince. She later proclaimed, “Prince, thank you for your beautiful music. He’s an artist that inspired all of us.”

And later in the night, Beyoncé paid homage to Prince’s protege, Vanity (of Vanity 6), who died earlier this year. (Coincidentally, both Vanity and Prince died at only 57.) Carving out a nice spot in the setlist right in between BEYONCÉ classic “Blow” and I Am…Sasha Fierce’s “Sweet Dreams,” Beyoncé, stomping across a purple-tinted stage in thigh-high vinyl boots, broke out into the chorus of the Vanity 6 classic “Nasty Girl.”

Find video footage of both below.