Beyonce's Star Spangled Tribute & High-Tech Performance
By Paige Feigenbaum
Prominent public figures, fellow recording artists, and family members recorded heartwarming messages for Beyonceto introduce her at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night.
First Lady Michelle Obama said Beyonce has a "powerful presence for young girls and women around the world." Solange Knowles singled out her sister's performance at President Barack Obama's inauguration as "a moment where we were all extremely proud to know her and love her."
Father Matthew Knowles, mother Tina Knowles, her nephew, The Dream, Lady Gaga, Kenneth Brian "Babyface" Edmonds, Stevie Wonder, and Barbra Streisand were also featured in the dedication montage.
Beyonce's alter ego Sasha Fierce then took the stage for a digitally infused performance of "Run the World." With perfect synchronism, the lady of the hour interacted with digital images projected on a screen behind her. "Glee"'s Matthew Morrison made a surprise cameo as she walked through the audience. Destiny's Child bandmates Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland, along with husband Jay-Z, were on their feet to applaud the routine.
While catching her breath, her mom presented her with the Billboard Millenium Award. Beyonce said, "This is a moment I have to soak in because it's one of the best memories of my life." Watch her show-stopping performance, right here!