Michelle Williams (and Us) on Beyoncé's Coachella Performance: 'What in the Bejesus Is This?'

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Unless you’ve successfully avoided going online for the past two weeks, you know Coachella was dubbed Beychella, after Beyoncé proved herself to be much bigger than the annual Indio, California festival, and more than delivered on her Saturday night headlining slot. You also probably know that Destiny’s Child reunited for a bit at the event, performing “Soldier,” “Lose My Breath” and “Say My Name.” (I owned all three in HitClip form at some point in time.)


One-third of the group, Michelle Williams had the most Michelle Williams reaction to the performance. She told the LA Times:

“Initially I was like, ‘Bey, just go out there and have fun. People are gonna be so excited to see you.’ And then I walked into rehearsal for the first time and saw this big old pyramid and that it was gonna be filled to the brim with humans. I said, ‘What in the bejesus is this? I told you just to go have fun!’ But she can never do anything that we would think is normal. And this is what’s fun for her.”

And we, in turn, had fun. Williams adds:

“When Beyoncé does something, it’s because she knows that if she can do it, everybody else on the stage can do it. Somebody might have to rehearse a little longer than others or go over the music parts a little longer. But she shows that you put the work in, and I know that however many people were onstage—150, 200—I know they’re all gonna go home and their lives are gonna be changed because they saw her work ethic. They saw that she’s not some glamorous girl on private jets with assistants flocking her side, who just walks in and magically dances so great onstage. She is involved.”

Even “involved” may be an understatement.


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Herve Villechaize

Yeah, this is the same work ethic Madonna has too. I know people like to bust on them, but these ladies worked their fucking asses off.