I guess somebody told Beyonce that Justin Bieber has been kind of a brat about, y’know, actually going to and staying at his shows lately, so she figured there was some balancing out to be done. For every crappy thing that he does to his fans, she seems to have taken it upon herself to tip the scales back toward the positive by doing something completely amazing onstage at her own concert.
Last week I thought she’d set the bar as high as it could go by photobombing that girl taking a selfie and then FaceTiming with someone’s friend mid-concert, thereby blowing their mind forever and ever. But she didn’t stop there. This weekend, at a show in Perth, Australia, Beyonce stopped her show briefly to sing a duet with a thirteen-year old girl named Sophie Kotkis. Sophie is blind, hearing-impaired, and has muscle difficulties, but she was front row at the concert, having a great time. And then Beyonce comes over and asks her to introduce herself and if she’ll help sing the next song, and she starts grinning crazy huge in a way that makes my heart happy and my eyes misty.
I think there are definitely some artists who would do something like this as a publicity move, but Beyonce does it so often and in such an earnest way that I think it’s genuine. I feel like she just really wants everyone to have a great time at her shows, and however she can contribute to that, she does. BEYONCE KNOWLES, EVERYBODY. AMERICAN HERO.