Beyoncé launched the “Formation” world tour on Wednesday night in Miami, less than a week after dropping the visual album Lemonade. During the final moments of the show, which included live performances of some of her new songs including “Sorry,” “Don’t Hurt Yourself” and “Daddy Lessons,” she nodded to husband Jay Z and daughter Blue Ivy.
“I’d like to dedicate this song to my family,” Beyoncé said before segueing into the sweet 2008 ballad, her final song of the night. “I’d like to dedicate it to my beautiful husband.” She added, “Blue, I love you so much.” Beyoncé also gave a shout out to Prince, who died last week and whom she had earlier honored during the show. “Prince, thank you for your beautiful music. I want to thank everyone from the top to the bottom. God bless you all.”
Notably, the shoutout to her “beautiful husband” comes after speculation about the couple hit fever pitch following the release of Lemonade, which includes numerous songs about infidelity and marital strife. In “Hold Up,” Beyoncé says, “How did it come down to this?/ Going through your call list/ I don’t wanna lose my pride, but I’mma f— me up a bitch.” On the track “Sorry,” she sings, “Looking at my watch, he shoulda been home/ Today I regret the night I put that ring on,” before ending the song with the mic-drop line: “He better call Becky with the good hair.”
Jay Z appears later in the visual album version, during the video for ballad “Sandcastles” when Beyoncé sings about staying in a relationship despite promising to leave: “And your heart is broken cause I walked away/ Show me your scars and I won’t walk away.”
His name was never mentioned outright during the two-hour duration of the show, but near the end, as in the visual album, home videos of two superstars with their daughter brought the show back around to their marriage, in a joyful way. The crowd cheered loudly when his face appeared onscreen.
See fan-shot footage of “Halo” and stay tuned for a full recap from the “Formation” world tour.