The Highlights of Tidal X with Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Alicia Keys, and More

The Highlights of Tidal X with Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Alicia Keys, and More

With an incomparable A-list lineup, Tidal X did not disappoint when it came to headlining moments.

With an incomparable A-list lineup, Tidal X did not disappoint when it came to headlining moments.

Text: Ian David Monroe

On Saturday night, Tidal put on a benefit concert to raise money for the Robin Hood Foundation at the Barclays Center in NYC. Hosted by Angie Martinez, Tidal X: 1015 saw performances from Beyoncé (of course), Lauryn Hill, Nicki Minaj, Alicia Keys, T.I., Blood Orange, Bebe Rexha, Lil Yachty, and more—20 performers total in fact.

This is the second Tidal X concert for the streaming service, following 2015’s inaugural yearly event. Like all things Tidal, the show was completely exclusive to subscribers—naturally, the live stream required a sign-in. Fortunately, plenty of highlights have percolated onto social media. Here, we round up the highlights.

TRUMPED: Nicki Minaj fires shots at Presidential candidate Donald Trump and his wife Melania. In what could be her greatest read of the year, Minaj gives props to FLOTUS Michelle Obama and former FLOTUS Hillary Clinton for contributing to the success of their husbands, but warns the crowd not to end up with a "Melania." Ouch.

NOT A ROBOT: There are plenty of people, most considered sane, that fully believe Beyoncé is a god, or, at the very least, more than human. While her talent is extraordinary, we now have proof that she is, in fact, just like the rest of us. During her performance, Beyoncé's earring ripped out of her lobe leaving a stream of blood in its wake. Unlike the rest of us, the star finished out the show without an ounce of distraction.

BOW DOWN: There is no denying that at Tidal X Nicki, Minaj slayed the stage, but that doesn't mean she's not capable of some humility around her idols. The rapper was full of praises when meeting Lauryn Hill, and, as you can see, even bowed down before her. Also, take a moment to appreciate how Hill effortlessly pulls off her layered floral look and Gucci glasses. 

REBEL RELEASE: Speaking of Lauryn Hill, the singer followed her performance with the release of her track "Rebel," an updated version of 2002's "I Find It Hard To Say (Rebel)."

VOTE: Beyoncé is well-known for letting her music and artistry speak for itself, often opting to skip interviews. She doesn't tweet and her Instagram posts often come without captions, which is why her speech to close out the Tidal X event was so powerful. In the rare moment, the singer emphasized the importance of voting in this year's election—"get in formation," she quipped—and reminded the crowd that they aren't not powerless. If Beyoncé can't get you to vote, then who can?

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