Larry Busacca / Getty Images for Coachella
Larry Busacca / Getty Images for Coachella

Twenty years into her career, Beyoncé continues to break new ground, and her billing at Coachella was no different as she became the first black woman to headline the festival. “Ain’t that ’bout a bitch,” she said during her debut the first weekend.

Thus, Beyoncé played directly to her black audience, with every element of her show steeped in cultural meaning that showed a singer not just elevating her craft but going through great lengths to pay homage to those that came before her — a bold approach from a performer whose every move dominates the pop cultural conversation. And Beyoncé’s steadfast determination to bolster her own audience rather than extend a hand to a new one has elevated her to near mythic status.

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