Beyoncé kicked off the North American leg of her “Mrs. Carter Show World Tour” at the Staples Center in L.A. on Friday as part of the inaugural BET Experience. Following opening act Melanie Fiona, the superstar singer hit the stage shortly before 9 p.m., delivering a tour de force.
The star-studded crowd included Katy Perry, Kobe Bryant, Maria Shriver, Jesse Jackson, and her fellow Destiny’s Child divas Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, who she shouted out during the show.
She opened with her female anthem “Run the World (Girls)” before marching into “End of Time.” She covered Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” and took it back to her DC days with “Survivor.” While her new song “Standing on the Sun” was left out of the set, she did perform “Grown Woman.”
“What an incredible show! #Mrs.CarterRockedthehouse! so proud of MY B!!!!” tweeted Kelly, while Katy Perry raved, “I am BOWing down right now! #stanningforB.”
Check out some footage from the first U.S. show below.