The Best Original Song nominee was introduced by Venus and Serena Williams.

What a time to "Be Alive!"

The 94th Academy Awards opened with an ace performance from Beyoncé, who sang her Oscar-nominated track from King Richard, a film about how Richard Williams raised two daughters to become tennis superstars.

While the real Venus and Serena Williams introduced the performance from the Best Original Song contender, the young actresses who play them in the film, Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton, were on hand to walk Beyoncé to the performance on their hometown court in Compton, Calif.

Beyoncé performing for the 94th Academy Awards
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The music superstar had her entire dance crew and band decked out in tennis ball green as she sang the stirring track she wrote with Dixson for the Best Picture nominee starring Will Smith. The actor previously told EW "The marriage of a movie and a song is a kind of magic that's unmatched in entertainment," when talking about the track. He added, "I was so happy when Beyoncé called."

Towards the end, when the performers were in their final formation, viewers noticed that Beyoncé's Grammy-winning daughter Blue Ivy Carter was there for the show, too.

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King Richard (2021 movie)

Will Smith stars in this biopic about the father of tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams.

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