Besides winning big at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards, Beyoncé also scored a career triumph when she performed her new single, “Run The World (Girls)” during the first part of the star studded two-part “Oprah Show” surprise episode. And according to her longtime choreographer, Frank Gatson Jr., the singer “felt honored” to grace the stage for the media mogul and her celebrity guests.
“It’s amazing. Me, myself, Beyoncé, people of color — we have so much respect for that woman,” Gatson said in an interview with MTV News last week. “How can we say no to [Oprah]? She possesses something that God has given her, ’cause when I saw her onstage, of all the people that were there, everyone’s in awe of her — Tom Cruise, Halle Berry, Madonna — so we felt honored, privileged. That’s why Beyoncé pushed us so hard. She wanted to make sure that Oprah [was] proud of what she did for her show.
“In Oprah’s world, women rule the world, so how coincidental that Beyoncé’s song is called that? So it was just appropriate, perfection. I loved it. It was great to be there. The energy in that place was unbelievable.”
And apparently the audience was moved by Beyoncé’s energy as she and her all-female dancers got the crowd, including Winfrey, up and moving during the performance.
“Oprah, your persuasion can build a nation,” said Beyoncé mid-song. “We love you, Oprah. Thank you,” she said at the end of the performance, giving Winfrey a hug.
How would you rate Beyoncé’s performance on “Oprah?” –nicholas robinson