Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj light up Tidal stage in New York City
Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj stole the show at the Tidal concert on Tuesday (20Oct15) by performing their Feeling Myself hit live for the first time.
The ladies were among the long list of artists on the bill for the Tidal X: 1020 charity gig in Brooklyn, New York, which was put together to celebrate the online streaming service surpassing the one million subscriber mark.
They served as headliners for the night and delighted fans by teaming up onstage at the Barclays Center for a rendition of Feeling Myself, complete with a dance off with Beyoncé and Nicki each leading their crews. The set also featured Nicki rapping her verse from their other duet, Flawless.
The Tidal show was all about star collaborations - Beyoncé later joined rapper Jay Z to sing Holy Grail, which she dubbed her "favourite" track to perform with her husband, while he teamed up with Rick Ross for F**kWithMeYouKnowIGotIt, and introduced Lil Wayne to the stage for their 2007 song Hello Brooklyn 2.0.
Rick also made an appearance earlier on in the night to join Meek Mill during his set, which featured French Montana and DJ Khaled, too.
Other highlights included Usher's live debut of his moving new single Chains, with Nas and Bibi Bourelly, and pop star Nick Jonas, who played his latest release, Levels.
Earlier reports suggesting Prince, who had been one of the first musicians announced for the concert, had pulled out of the gig proved to be correct, while rappers Pusha T and Travi$ Scott were also no-shows. No reason had been given for their scrapped sets at press time.
During the Tidal X: 1020 event, dancehall star Damian Marley was unveiled as the latest artist to invest in Tidal, while company co-owner Jay Z announced plans to turn the celebration into an annual bash to benefit the community charity New World Foundation.
The rap mogul launched the streaming service in March (15) with fellow investors including Beyoncé, Usher, Nicki, Rihanna, Madonna, Kanye West and Daft Punk. However, the stars faced a backlash from critics over the company's subscription fees, amid concerns the lack of a free service, which is provided by rivals like Spotify, could drive music-lovers back to illegal downloads.
- Cover Media