Beyoncé Covers Whitney Houston, Lauryn Hill at Comeback Concert

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Less than five months after giving birth to her daughter Blue Ivy Carter, Beyoncé was back on stage for her first concert in nearly a year—and she didn’t disappoint. The new mom’s hard work over the past month came together on one brand new stage at the billion-dollar Revel Resort and Casino in Atlantic City on Friday, the first of four consecutive shows over Memorial Day weekend.

Following an opening set from Def Jam singer Luke James, B took the stage, showcasing new choreography, a new stage design, and new musical arrangements. Shimmering in a fringe dress, she kicked things off with “End of Time” before delving into her catalog of solo hits and Destiny’s Child classics, not missing a step as she performed against a giant LED wall with a full band and dancers including French duo Les Twins.

She changed five times during the two-hour set with “modern showgirl”-inspired looks, including a black and silver pinstripe vest and Swarovski-studded red bandage dress, all custom designed by Ralph & Russo.

In addition to her own material, Beyoncé covered Lauryn Hill’s “Ex-Factor” and paid tribute to Donna Summer during “Naughty Girl,” which samples the late disco queen’s “Love to Love You Baby.” With just a spotlight on her, she sang her idol Whitney Houston’s classic “I Will Always Love You,” before transitioning into “Halo.” The sold-out show came to a triumphant close with her 2008 single “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It).”

“I’m tryna become Sasha Fierce again,” said the 30-year-old superstar during rehearsals. “She’s dead, but I need to bring her back to life.”

Sasha Fierce is alive and well. Check out highlights from her dazzling comeback below.

“I Will Always Love You” / “Halo”

“Run the World (Girls)”

“Single Ladies (Put a Ring On it)”

“Naughty Girl”

“Irreplaceable”

“Crazy in Love”

“Get Me Bodied”

“Ex-Factor”

[Videos via Atlantic City Beats and Miss Jia]

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108 Comments

  1. Replay

    Queen B.

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    beyonce is desperate Reply:

    @Replay, she look like Brandy!

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    IDGAF Reply:

    @beyonce is desperate, die

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    Rogue Reply:

    @IDGAF, Did any one see the video of her preforming “If I Were A Boy” which lead in to “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls? Simply Amazing!

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    RealIssh Reply:

    @IDGAF, Roflll .

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    Aliciasahomewrecka Reply:

    @IDGAF, Your a bully by telling someone to die. Tamu go home

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    shhh Navry24 lop Candaxc Reply:

    @beyonce is desperate, ho shut yr dumbass up

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  2. Lauryn

    THE WAS GREAT. MADE IT HER OWN – THAT’S THE WHOLE POINT OF A COVER!!! BUT THE SHOW, OH DA*N SHE KILLED IT… ‘CIL’ : SHE WAS SHAKING LIKE A MO’F**KER

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  3. -Hoars

    The queen slayed!!!!!!!! Hands down she is back! and ready to sting! I love the cover of ex-factor she did! and for this to be the 1st show of 4 imagine how good the last two will be sheesh she is a force not to be played with and the world will have to deal! and after these shows I wanna hear about an upcoming album or something its time to say goodbye to the amazing roller coaster known as the “4″era its time for her to reign on the charts again! BOW!!!!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @-Hoars, Don’t come on my comment and telling me to die, you die. If you want to make this a war of words so be it. Bring it on b/c the more you take jabs at me the more I continue. Shall we proceed?

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    shhh Navry24 lop Candaxc Reply:

    @Anonymous, die die die, die f die in the evil Somebody gonna Konck your bitch ass down

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    STFU I'm Famous Reply:

    @-Hoars, YES!!! You took the words rite out of my mouth. She is amazing!

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  4. Bernice Jenkins

    SMH people still believe she gave birth?
    Come on beyonce has always had a thick body frame. Theres no way she carried a child for 9 months with no apparent weight gain, no stretch marks & NO apperance of a slight pudge in her stomach area.

    This woman did not give birth! I dont care what nobody says and she needs to stop faking da funk!

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    no words Reply:

    @Bernice Jenkins, You sound real upset over something that has no affect over your life. Go sit in a nice comfy recliner and watch all the Beyonce videos you can.

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    KingBEY92 Reply:

    @Bernice Jenkins, Your name is Bernice? WOW how old could you be….

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    Rasan Reply:

    @Bernice Jenkins, If she had a surrogate or had the stork bring it, why do you care at this point? Please stop concerning yourself!!

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    Pucci Reply:

    @Bernice Jenkins, First off, if you really paid attention to her first appearance after she gave birth, you could see how different how body looks from then to now. She was a bit heavier & her breasts were fuller than they are now. She’s a very wealthy woman, of course she could’ve paid the top trainers so that she could get in shape for her shows now. It’s been 4 months & she’s stayed out the public eye. Secondly, like someone said, you seem very upset over something that has nothing to do with you. GET THERAPY, please, its not that real!

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    shhh Navry24 lop Candaxc Reply:

    @Bernice Jenkins, `you shouldn’t worrying about beyonce personal life! go get a fucking Therapy

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    shhh Navry24 lop Candaxc Reply:

    @Bernice Jenkins, you shouldn’t worry about Beyonce Personal Life. go get therapy AS soon as you can

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  5. -Hoars

    The queen slayed!!!!!!!! Hands down she is back! and ready to sting! I love the cover of ex-factor she did! and for this to be the 1st show of 4 imagine how good the last two will be sheesh she is a force not to be played with and the world will have to deal! and after these shows I wanna hear about an upcoming album or something its time to say goodbye to the amazing roller coaster known as the “4″era its time for her to reign on the charts again! BOW!!!!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @-Hoars, For the comment of where you told me to die. Fuck you and you die! If you don’t like what I said then don’t read it.

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    -Hoars Reply:

    @Anonymous, R.I.P hoe

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @-Hoars, You do the same and take your mother and sister with you too. It is a blog site throwing threats at me is not going to change my opinion. I just find it funny that your so mad about this. Get a life and some education hoe.

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    shhh Navry24 lop Candaxc Reply:

    @Anonymous, both of yall are silly for going back & forth with each other word it’s a freaking internet NO need to reply back because the person told u to die or whatever just keep it moving and NO need to Threats other person going out of line @ you or @ him/her

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  6. Hon

    Wooooooooow!!!!!!!!!!!!She killes it!

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  7. Jay

    Love Beyonce! I agree with Jay, Beyonce is the greatest performer of our time! I just sat here and watch every single one of these video and just reminded me of how Beyonce has been the greatest through the years. I have to admit I was wrong about her album Sasha Fierce not be that good. I actually revisited that album and have been listening to it back to back. Though B-Day and 4 I believe are her best compilations, SF is timeless itself. I think she was ahead of the game musically with that album. Disappear all time favorite.
    And I’m having flashbacks of when I first saw Beyonce in concert. Ha I think it was her first solo debuting concert. It was in Deraborn, MI at the Ford 200 yrs. I was so pumped! Kelly, Michelle & Solange were there. Even Jay Z and Tyrese came out. That was back when i was a lil Beyonce finactic. Still my favorite concert to this day. Beyonce hands down is the greatest!!! :)

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  8. Jay

    …and another thing. Beyonce seriously just almost brought me to tears singing I will always live you an Halo. Two of my most favorite songs! And wow! Bey singing Lauryn! She just murdered that!!! Never heard anybody cover a Lauryn Hill song like that! Amazing! :)

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  9. Anonymous

    There nothing that is different about this performance she is doing the same thing she always do. She never had a baby, she is the same size she has always been and she has 4 pair of fishnets like she saidon the view and she is wearing spandex to push in the body fat.

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    -Hoars Reply:

    @Anonymous, girl die!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @-Hoars, Fuck you, you die! I know what Beyonce said.

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    ok Reply:

    @Anonymous, yall both stupid stop declaring people to die thats gods job

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @-Hoars, If you don’t like what I said then don’t read it. You should never tell someone to die b/c Karma will bite you in the a**.

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    KingBEY92 Reply:

    @Anonymous, Take your words and use them for your own advice. Karma is a bitch….

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @KingBEY92, You can kiss my ass bitch… If it is a problem for someone to voice their opinion then you should not be on here. This is a website where ppl could voice their opinions not argue dip shit.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @-Hoars, I think you already died.

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    -Hoars Reply:

    @Anonymous, DIE! again bitch lol I got ya’ll hoes mad! die die die!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @-Hoars, So let me get this straight so people who has a disagreement about Beyonce either needs to die or their a whore. It is funny how you are getting really fired up because I had a little comment to say about Beyonce I never said she wasn’t talented never. You need to read the post again. There are people who are going to dislike her and there are people who are going to like her. The only bitch and hoe is you. I have seen better from her.

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    Aliciasahomewrecka Reply:

    @Anonymous, Do not even bother arguing with the Stan’s. State your opinion and move on. They are drones and paid pr’s. don’t fall for the foolery they spew. They = Bullying! They forget
    That this is rap-up, not beyonceworld. Yes your entitle to your opinion. At least the rest of us (non believers of beyonce) are aware of the lies, manipulation and thiefery.

    Rasan Reply:

    @Anonymous, Again another one, why do you care?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @Rasan, What is there to care about? Of what people say or my opinion on Beyonce? It is not like I said something wrong. You know everyone is entitled to their own opinion. It is not that serious. Anything else?

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  10. lexx_janay

    i love Lauryn Hill and Whitney Houston….gald Beyonce is paying homage!

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  11. Kyria

    I COULD KILL MY DOG TO SEE HER ONE DAY !!!

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  12. T

    i will always love you = CHILLS!

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  13. KingBEY92

    I’m so proud of Beyonce she has proven to be the best performer since MJ.

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  14. RealIssh

    Brilliant – Beyond anything I’ve seen b4 .
    Innovation at its finest .

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  15. Triniti

    She makes it look so easy…love King B!

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  16. alonzo wilson

    Dumb bitches always hating on beyonce the queen of rnb and pop

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    Theirthedevilschildren Reply:

    @alonzo wilson, chill Madonna and Britney both have this chick beat in record sales. Beyonceis just another R&B gimmick! #You got nerve.

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    shhh Navry24 lop Candaxc Reply:

    @alonzo wilson, hey you need to chill the F out

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  17. Anonymous

    You’re a dumb a** bitch. Hating on someone is having a vendetta. If your calling a female a bitch, what that makes you and your mama.

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    shhh Navry24 lop Candaxc Reply:

    @Anonymous, it not nice to talk about somebody fucking sister or Mama u wouldn’t like if someone talk about your whole family

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  18. cletis

    i love reading the shade being thrown around on here :)

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  20. me

    I LOVE ME SOME BEY! but she never LEFT! She had a baby. Why do they keep saying comeback??? She aint OLD!

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    Aliciasahomewrecka Reply:

    @me, Lol she’s 40 something. Where have u been? Lol

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    RealIssh Reply:

    @Aliciasahomewrecka, U tried . Tried is the key word .

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    aliciasahomewrecker Reply:

    @RealIssh, your mother tried to swallow. Swallowed was the key word she couldn’t comprehend.

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    RealIssh Reply:

    @aliciasahomewrecker, I’ve used that metaphor in the 9th grade .. Step your shade game up .

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    hm Reply:

    @Aliciasahomewrecka, girl u stupid! She is only 30 years old!

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  21. WRTW?

    I Wish they wouldv’e actually showed the stage in these videos, the was a 100 ft screen, and then floor was screen it was amazing. Your fav could nevah #RETURNOFTHEKING

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  22. WRTW?

    I can’t wait til this DVD comes out, Beyonce’ is in the league of no other. She has truly become a LEGEND beyond hating, and dislike, her talent is something that has stands the test of time. Surely we have lost numerous “Greats” in the past couple of years but A LEGEND has been born. #WHORUNTHEWORLD?

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  23. Madininagal

    I agree with the fact, that she didnt carry the baby cuz I never believed that story from the very beginning! But who cares??? It’s her life (surrogate mom or whatever she did it’s not our business!) She’s here TO ENTERTAIN US and once again she did it more than well! She proved the whole world she was the best of her generation and most of all she was the BEST FEMALE ARTIST in that industry! Lots thanks to her for respecting her fans and her audience! ;)

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  24. Lisa

    Wow, great performances, but that’s Beyonce for you. She’s just a stunning performer who knows how to entertain her audience.
    To all the people saying she didn’t give birth etc. – I personally think she did carry her child herself but even if she didn’t it wouldn’t outrage me or anything. Just let her be!

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  25. Flame

    So, are you saying you have never seen a woman have a baby and their body NEVER returns to it’s original state? Happens a lot. But not to lazy, non- motivated ass ladies. I see it a lot. Don’t hate cause she took care of her body and you have every sign of birthing a litter. First, if she had stretch marks, how would you see them? She has on stockings, secoond, If you have high metabolism weight is not so hard to lose. If you maintain during pregnancy, it’s even easier to lose. Do you haters find hating easy? It’s sad you do it so freely.

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    KingBEY92 Reply:

    @Flame, BITCH. You betta preach!!! People just don’t stretch marks only come to people who don’t care of their skin while pregnant. CoCo butter.

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    Theirthedevilschildren Reply:

    @Flame, bitch please fast metabolism where. This Heffa is a burger away from a Jennifer Hudson weight loss plan.

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  26. J

    This wasn’t that important an event and millions have babies. Pregnant women/moms are smug

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  27. reality

    Beyonce just show that she is still the greatest performer in the game, the best voice of the game and THE HOTTEST CHICK IN THE GAME.

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  28. smh

    x fator was im fav one i had dat on replay

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    KingBEY92 Reply:

    @smh, Me too, I just love the aggressiveness. I wanted her to sing the full Whitney version, she sounded so good and well controlled.

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  30. YASSS

    Whoever says she didn’t slay is a HATER. You can tell she put so much effort into this show. It was amazing.

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  32. TheDreamer

    The greatest. What more can I say?
    I just can’t wait till this comes out on dvd.

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  33. Diane Glazier

    Beyonce was GREAT! She always gives a good performance. She is afterall the ‘WORLDS MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN!” Michelle Obama’s dream job would be to be BEYONCE! SHE said it herself in a People Magazine interview. GO BEYONCE!

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  34. Diane Glazier

    I LOVE all of Beyonce’s music. But my favorite single is “CRAZY IN LOVE” I just go crazy when JAYZ joins her while she sings it. They make a Beautiful Couple. Beyonce really puts in work in her performances! GO BEYONCE! WISH I WERE IN ATLANTA!LOL!

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  35. shenevaleft

    No comeback…just a relax(baby)duhhhh….while Dey play her music nonstop on the radio as if she was ever gone!!! Get yur LiFe!! Then take several seats…fly girl bye girl!!!!

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  36. Sara VanDenElsen

    No one can beat Bey. She is THE BEST!

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  37. Kyle

    I think this is why Beyonce is one of the most respected musicians of our generation. She busts her ass of and gives it 110% everytime. There is no other diva out there that works as hard as Queen B. LOVE HER!

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    Maria Lara Reply:

    @Kyle, WOW! Didn’t know she was one of the “most respected musicians of our generation”. What is she respected for? She is a great performer, but a mediocre singer at best. When your voice is not the best or powerful, you got to have a dazzling production. She does have a dazzling production, parts of which have been swiped from other foreign music creators. Great singers need only a mic. Beyonce needs a production so the audience does not have to focus on her live ‘singing’. As far as composing music, I am sure you are aware that she cannot write a single note. That was something that I believe Prince scoffed at. So there is no respect there as far as creating music. It is common knowledge that the majority of the songs she professes to write are rip off from other song writers and performers. Respect, Kyle? That’s hard to swallow.

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  38. Theirthedevilschildren

    She has some nerve to perform these records in a private venue. This chick is buggin. Whitney don’t need Beyonce hot ass breathe killing herself to sing her songs. Donna Summer ain’t appreciate when you ripped her ass off to create “Naughty girls”. Lauryn Hill does not even want her name breathed in the same sentence with this long lasting gimmick Beyonce because Lauryn Hill is a natural, beautiful dark skin sista who never let the industry bleach her down the way Beyonce has. Beyonce need to stop stealing people classic material. Its really is sickening.

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    Chillboyx Reply:

    @Theirthedevilschildren, She took the soul right out of the song and just Sang it Beyonce style. No feeling, just vibrato. *sigh*

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    Theirthedevilschildren Reply:

    @Chillboyx, Yesssss! I’m glad somebody seen it for what it was just like I did. Beyonce is not a soul woman and does not need to destroy these classic peices at her “Sell out” (selling of the soul) venues.

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    Chillboyx Reply:

    @Theirthedevilschildren, I didn’t say all that, just that she doesn’t sing it with the soul that it was intended to have. I wonder what Lauryn thinks about her singing her songs this way. *prays for a new live Lauryn Hill performance to one up Beyonce’s*

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    Theirthedevilschildren Reply:

    @Chillboyx, lol my bad but word Lauryn needs to show why she is always going to be a classic.

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  39. :D

    GET ME BODIED !! SHE KILLED IT!!

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  40. Kkk:-)

    I think b needs to take some time to enjoy her new family make some appearances once in a while really take time for people to miss her travel look at some new sound and dances then come back with a bang with all new every thing and show the world why they call her the best I kno she can do it I just think right know she’s trying to please her fans which is good but I know she can really blow people away :-)

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    KaramelKisses Reply:

    @Kkk:-): She did the concert for a couple of reasons (1) the Revel resort contacted her & requested that she be the artist to christen the newly opened resort. (2) In August, she & Clint Eastwood will start to shoot a star is born so she will be off the scene for a minute while that’s going on. I don’t understand the mind set behind “take some time to enjoy her family”. Are you saying she can’t do both? She can be a mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend, Beyonce International superstar all in one.

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    Theirthedevilschildren Reply:

    @KaramelKisses, Just stop! The bitch need a break! I’m tired of her, the public is tired of her antics. The only spirit that could’ve christen that resort is Jesus not Beyonce and her gold wig, lying and sinning ass. This lady got the public fooled and brainwashed. I can’t even tell you the last time I see a dark skin female singer, everyone is brown light and all of that. The industry is in need of dier change and it begins with stop G-ing this gold wig heffa that she is the most beautiful woman in the world. I see royal, make up less beauty in the hood all day everyday and they don’t even got pennies in their pocket compared to this chick.

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    KaramelKisses Reply:

    @Theirthedevilschildren: I don’t completely disagree w/ you however my question is why can’t she do or be it all? I don’t understand why people feels she has to choose one or the other … if she worked a regular 9-5 she would get her maternity leave & be expected to go back to work. As far as the skin color thing or seeing a dark skin singer, that’s an industry thing NOT a B thing because she has always been light skinned.

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  42. maya

    she needs to hurry up & come back. IMH!

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  43. Lisa

    I was exciting to see clips, but I am not impressed. You see one Beyonce tour, you’ve seen them all. Her approach to Lauryn and Whitney songs just showed why she never gets grouped with the best vocalists. She has a pretty voice, but it’s not unique or special.

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    maya Reply:

    @Lisa, I can definitely see where you’re going with this.

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    KaramelKisses Reply:

    @Lisa: She is a very strong & good vocalist … google Resentment, Live Las Vegas or Halo, Accoustic. You have to keep in mind that B is giving 2 to 2 1/2 hours of pure showmanship … she is singing live & doing choreography NOT a two step. Lauren & Whitney are not those types of artists, they are more monotone in terms of standing & singing. I wish she had taken the opportunity to maybe slow the show down & give those songs the proper attention they deserved. Ex-Factor is & always will be a classic in my eyes but I’m not a fan of IWALY but I respect the fact that she paid homage to these powerful women.

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  44. OMG

    She looks like a whore in that outfit lol

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    RealIssh Reply:

    @OMG, Lmaooo ! #ICant

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  46. Greg17

    I hope they make this into a DVD. She brings it all to the table. She’s the superperformer of this generation! :)

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  49. shhh Navry24 lop Candaxc

    great performance & some of yall need to be Knock the Shit out of you & Chill out with all this Crazy silly stuff going back & forth @ each other on the damn Internet.

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  54. Maria Lara

    What is this sh!t about “just 5 months after giving birth”…Is giving birth some kind of gunshot wound or some kind of debilitating injury? Women are up and moving less than 24 hours after giving birth. Know why? Our bodies were created to have babies. I am tired of hearing how Beyonce ‘mastered’ the art of giving birth and survived to work for another day. Jeez…it’s one baby, produced from the shortest pregnancy I have ever seen, not multiple births.

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  55. huwong

    She is amazing performer

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