Beyoncé, Usher, and Alicia Keys Salute Oprah During Farewell Spectacular

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Oprah’s closest celebrity friends gathered under one roof at Chicago’s United Center for “Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular,” a star-studded send-off to the talk show queen. Everyone from Madonna to Halle Berry was in the building to honor Oprah’s 25th and final season, and the waterworks were in full effect.

Beyoncé kicked off the festivities in a tuxedo leotard with around 40 female dancers to perform her single “Run the World (Girls)” for the first time. According to the Chicago Tribune, the singer received the loudest applause not counting Oprah. The crowd held up blue lights in the arena as she ran through the number twice while the guest of honor danced along.

For the second act, Alicia Keys accompanied Dr. Maya Angelou on piano as she recited a poem about Oprah. Then Oprah’s longtime love Stedman Graham took the stage to introduce the legendary Aretha Franklin who brought O to tears with her stirring rendition of “Amazing Grace.”

Power couple Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith showered praise on the media mogul before introducing Jamie Foxx, who sang “Isn’t She Lovely” with Stevie Wonder on piano. Usher capped the evening on a high note with the gospel standard “Oh Happy Day,” bringing out a choir as the show’s other guests joined them for one final sing along.

Oprah’s teary-eyed farewell special airs May 23 and 24. Have your Kleenex handy.

Photos via Chicago Tribune and “The Oprah Winfrey Show”



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67 Comments

  1. k

    B looked like she KILLED IT! I can’t wait for it to air. :)

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  2. Twitter.com/CiaraMedlies

    Ciara already did that style when she performed “Like A Boy” on Danncing With The Stars….. try again bey

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    Craazzy beetch Reply:

    @Twitter.com/CiaraMedlies, Ciara who? oh wait, is that the chick who flopped last year? LOL

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    Smit Reply:

    @Craazzy beetch, Ciara may be the sexy woman who flopped last year but Beyonce is the semi-sexy lady who is flopping NOW. Her single is #150 on iTunes… LOL.

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    All Hail Queen BEY Reply:

    @Twitter.com/CiaraMedlies, Lmaooo Cierror Are Serious ? Bitch Go Have A Seat !

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    OhNoYouDidnt Reply:

    @Twitter.com/CiaraMedlies, EXCUSE ME LOL I remember her performace on Dancing with the stars and she wore a shirt and a tie….she didn’t look anything like this and she wore a hat!!!!

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    eLOheL Reply:

    @Twitter.com/CiaraMedlies, LOLOL where? at KFC’s grand opening in Wichita?

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    Jay Reply:

    @eLOheL, Yeah Ciara is the girl who flopped last year and Beyonce is the girl who is flopping NOW. “Run The World” is #140 on iTunes, lets not forget.

    Plus, Beyonce has been SUED millions for copying others. Beyonce is a COPIER. #dealwithit

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    Boom Reply:

    @Jay, YESSS! Them them beYAWNsay stans that “Run The World” is a FLOP just like Beyonce’s fake hair.

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    Negger Please Reply:

    Mother Fckers You Know Beyonce Has Sold More Albums With B-Day Than Ciara has With Goodies Evolution Basic Instinct Put Together So Ermm Yeahh No No .. . .When Was The Last Time Ciara made It into The Top 10 ?? Thought So…No Comparison EVER!!

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  3. Mr_Entertain3r

    That’s it! I’m done! Beyonce slayed the stage once again!!!!!! Has Britney, Ciara, J. Lo or Keri EVER been invited to an Oprah show??? Don’t think so. When will these delusional stans figure out that Beyonce is the Queen??? I mean damn!!!!!!

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    LJ Reply:

    @Mr_Entertain3r, Actually Britney and J.Lo have both been invited to the Oprah show. The latter more than once… 4 times to be exact.

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    DUMMIES Reply:

    @Mr_Entertain3r, Don’t do sweet heart. Just because Britney hasn’t been on there means nothing. Lookk at her SELLS.

    And uhhhh Keri spoke at Oprah’s School in Africa….Has Beyonce’?…Oh ok….

    J.Lo really could care less she is still getting bread.

    And I don’t like Ciara but Ciara’s Dancing>>>>>>>>>>>Beyonce’….

    Now. When will Beyonce’ sell 100 Million Albums??…Oh ok.

    Britney sold over a milli with HIAM 1st week it sold 738K.

    What did Beyonce’ sell with WRTW?? 77K oh Ok

    Thought so.

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    Real Issh Reply:

    @DUMMIES, Sit yo ass down . Beyonce’ is Queen . Call me when Shitney doesnt use thee autotune .

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    Aaliyah Reply:

    @Real Issh, bitch please you don’t know shit. Call me when RTW is #1, I definitely won’t get a call. lol

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  4. Badgirl

    who is ciara? lol

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    Smit Reply:

    @Badgirl, The woman who sold over 4 million albums in the USA alone with 8 Top 10 Hot 100 singles and 12 Top 10 R&B singles. A #1 Hot 100 smash, a song that was Top 5 on the 2005 Hot 100 year end charts, 3 #1 R&B singles, a #1 album, a grammy award winner, multi-platinum selling artist, singer, songwriter, model, actress and INCREDIBLE dancer/performer.

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  5. Twitter.com/CiaraMedlies

    I can’t believe “Run The World (Gorls)” is setting all these records on ITunes. congrats BEY-ON-CE :)

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    xxxDIAMONTE Reply:

    @Twitter.com/CiaraMedlies,
    –beyonce is doin HORRIBLE on itunes … thass exactly y the video has been pushed bak … shes prob still in her 70s on the itunes chart

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    jamie Reply:

    @xxxDIAMONTE, she was being sarcastic.

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    RYCH Reply:

    @Twitter.com/CiaraMedlies, and bitch stfu! WHERE IS CIARA??? OH OK ! MY POINT EXACTLY..WAIT DIDNT KERI HILSON AND SUSAN BOILE SELL MORE THAN THAT DUDE? I HAVENT EVEN SEEN THAT ALBUM ON SHELVES ANYWHERE, THAT SHIT GOT RECALLED! BWAHAHHAHA ITS OK BEYONCE GAVE YHU BITCHES A CHANCE AND YALL AIN TAKE IT!! SMFH TRY AGAIN

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    Truth Reply:

    @RYCH, Ciara’s last single “Ride” was NEVER as low as Beyonce’s “Run The World” on iTunes and it did WAY better on radio. Keri Hilson has never had an album go platinum and she has never achieved the success that Ciara did. Susan Boyle never had a billboard #1 single and Ciara has. #getyourfactsstraight.

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    RYCH Reply:

    @Truth, SWEETIE I WILL NT GET MY FACTS STRAIGHT!!! BEYONCE IS DA QUEEN!!! EVERYONE ELSE IS RIDICULOUS!!! IRRELEVANT!!!!#SITYOASSDOWN!!

    NOTE I KNOW WHERE U LIVE…COMMENT AGAIN U WILL BE SEEING ME TONIGHT BITCH!!!

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    CJS Reply:

    @RYCH, LOL. are you for real? #SHUTYOASSUP no body cares for your for your opinion.

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  6. Kamelia Ratnasari

    I WISH I WERE THERE … OPRAH YOU REALLY INSPIRED ME…

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  7. Sharp Tongue

    Aahhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Screams at the top of my lungs it’s Beyonce bitches I can’t wait to see this.

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  8. rockwitu

    Yawn, yawn, yawn…the bleached blonde booty shaker strikes again. SWITCH YOUR STYLE UP!!!!!!!

    CTFU at her constantly performing the same routine and the stans/fans saying she kilt it. Get a new routine.

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    Name Here Reply:

    @rockwitu, why did u comment just to critize her becuz ur just goona make a stan war

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    Jivesh Reply:

    @rockwitu, You do not miss an opportunity to criticize Beyonce. You are a real irritating bitch.

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  9. Queen Beyonce

    BEYYYYYYYYYY OMG THESE IMAGES GIVE ME SO MUCH LIFE!!! IVE BEEN WAITING SSSOOO LOOONNGG!

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  10. Carl

    GO BEY! #dead at the people hating probably stan for a lessor.

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  11. Karen

    I was wondering if these women would have anything to do with Oprah’s farewell. I’m sure it was a big surprise and a great tribute to Oprah. Can’t wait to see it.

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  12. Jay

    I gotta see that! I really can’t wait to see the video premiere today!

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  13. music guru

    Omg beyonce!!!

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  14. RYCH

    HHAHAHAHHAA THESE HATERS ARE EVERYWHERE!! KEEP HATIN CUZ DATS MAKE THE QUEEN GO HARDER! UGH IT PAINS ME TO SEE BEYONCE AND BREVOLUTION TO BE HATED ON BY ALL THESE STAN BASES BECAUSE THEY’RE JEALOUS…WHY DID YHU EVEN COME TO THE POST?? OH DATS RIGHT YHU WANTED TO SEE WHAT THE QUEEN AND HER ARMY OF BEE’S HAVE IN STORE!! #HATERS= UNDERCOVER STANS

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    Copyonce Reply:

    @RYCH, jealous of flop the world?… HAHAHAHAH!

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    RYCH Reply:

    @Copyonce, OH STFO!!! DONT COMMENT ON MY COMMENT BITCH!! Copyonce MY ASS!!! HATER!!!!

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  15. ToriLuvsBey

    Wow..looks epic ……I LOVE Bey I just wish she would change her hair :\

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  16. Diego

    so sad that she uses every opportunity to make it about her. Beyonce is played out now the same dance same leotard same hair. Its funny to me that the stans wont admit this song tanked lmao.

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    Jivesh Reply:

    @Diego, Get a life my dear. You are on every Beyonce-related posts to criticize her. Don’t you have a favorite artist? If yes, go to her page and praise her. Please go away. I am tires of your dirty words.

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    Real Issh Reply:

    @Diego, U delusional bitch . U Haters make it about her . Oprah wanted her on thee show , so Beyonce’ went . It’s about Oprah .. Well , not for me . I’m watching for Beyonce’ just like u .

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    Deme89 Reply:

    @Real Issh, ‘ Delusional Bitch ‘ Lmao …

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  17. Yuupi

    QUEEN BEYONCÉ!

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  18. DeeJay

    I can’t wait to Monday and Tuesday for the airing of this. Oprah is leaving her talk show, I going to miss the guest, and subjects of the show.
    P.S. Why all the hate for people how never been on the show, leave people alone.

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  19. Real Issh

    Who’s watching for Oprah ? ROFL . Queen make them ratings go up . Haha .

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    Copyonce Reply:

    @Real Issh, uhm no

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  20. Devingod

    I love Beyonce but that song not so much. Kinda sad Oprah is going off the air but she will remain a mega star.

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  21. Da Ma'

    No Alicia Keys in the pics ..
    But I think Beyonce stole all the glam once again !!
    And I think That it will be amazing to watch .. beside Beyonce

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  22. hmm

    beyonce is getting busted..that hair color is getting old

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  23. Mya

    “the singer received the loudest applause” GO BEYONCE THE BEST PERFORMER ALIVE!

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  24. DeeJay

    Now I not a Beyonce fan per say. But how is she over shadowing Oprah. B is not Oprah, and not even trying to become her. What’s the point of saying that?

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    DeeJay Reply:

    @DeeJay, Is her song #1 yet? Even if not, the album still going to sell, b/c people want to judge her, compair to the last album. Which I don’t know why people do, becasue that the point to create another body of work, that completly different from the pervious. And not to be compair to, but people will do what they want.

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  25. jb

    Cant wait bey will be ok glad all stars show up…

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  26. juantara babineaux

    love you girl

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  27. mark

    mi baby is back!

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  28. haha bytch

    I love Bey but the more and more i hear that song the more she is convincing me that she is a part of the Illuminati lol

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    Real Issh Reply:

    @haha bytch, Ur really ignorant . What the hell does a Girls Run The World have to deal with thee Illuminati ? & Ur retarded to even think an illumaniti exists . Thee white man always get to fuqk u slow black people .

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  29. xbeefan

    BEYONCE IS SO PLAYED OUT AND OVERRATED ! KERI HILSON IS THE QUEEN NOW

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    Listen Reply:

    @xbeefan, Keri Hilson is the queen? Where is her platinum album? Where is her #1 Hot 100 single? Where is her Grammy? Where is her #1 album? Where the FUCK is her success? Not even Chris Brown can give her a hit because their song just FLOPPED.

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    haha Reply:

    @xbeefan, Keri Hilson is the queen? Where is her platinum album? Where is her #1 Hot 100 single? Where is her Grammy? Where is her #1 album? Where is her success?

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  30. alicia

    at xbeefan ..u are a dumb bitch when sheriwilson can go platinum holla at me then asshole beyonce all day bitches

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  31. king

    fuk keri Rihanna and Beyonce is the real queen

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    Listen Reply:

    @king, Why would you even put Keri’s name in next to Beyonce and Rihanna? You should have put Ciara there. Keri has never had a platinum album and she has only had one Top 10 Hot 100 single. She is not worthy.

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  32. Oh Please

    Oprah probably cringed when Bee said “Eff you pay me!”..lmaoo you know Oprah don’t play that. haha

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  33. Charla

    There’s nothnig like the relief of finding what you’re looking for.

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