Completely sure they woke up like this.
When news broke that Beyoncé and her husband, Jay Z, would reportedly perform together at the 2014 Grammy Awards, we immediately thought: “Well, that’s it. Better call in sick, because there is no way our bodies will ever be able to recover enough to sit at a computer all day working.”
Once that plan fell through, however, we couldn’t help thinking about what the pop-music power couple would bring to the stage on Jan. 26. Which song would they whip out? The Grammy-nominated “On The Run (Part II)“? Current single “Drunk In Love“? A classic like “Crazy In Love“?
And, what about the concept? Flaming rings of fire? Finely honed trapeze artistry? Gimmick-less vocals that need no bells and whistles? BEES?!
OK, probably not bees. But, if Bey and Jay’s past performances together from the last decade are any indication, we’ve got a whole lot of toned abs, simulated #SURFBOARDT-riding, and thrown-up diamonds coming our way. Let’s look back at our fave live sets just to make sure we’re as emotionally prepared as possible.
1.) “Baby Boy” and “Crazy In Love” at the MTV Video Music Awards, 2003
Somehow, despite the fact that Beyoncé enters the stage by writhing down from above, Jay Z’s cameo towards the end of the VMA performance is definitely the most memorable part of the 2003 VMA performance. Well, second most memorable, after Bey’s 87 pounds of fiercely whippable hair.
2.) “Déjà Vu” at The BET Awards, 2006
White diamonds! Elizabeth Taylor would CERTAINLY approve. Could the glittery gem-themed performance have been a reference to Jay’s famous hand sign? Like, he comes on stage to support his lady, who meanwhile is supporting her guy with a diamond-encrusted design? WHO CARES! Look how cute they look together.
3.) “Déjà Vu” at Fashion Rocks, 2006
While nearly identical to the BET Awards set, the Fashion Rocks version of “Déjà Vu” upped the classy factor thanks to some Josephine Baker-inspired wardrobe and choreography for Beyoncé. And Jay’s black and white “Suit & Tie” ish? To die for. Prom king and queen, right here!
+ Watch Beyoncé and Jay Z perform “Déjà Vu” at Fashion Rocks 2006.
4.) “Upgrade U” during “The Beyoncé Experience,” 2007
Although this specific performance is from Bey’s “The Beyoncé Experience,” Jay always seems to make a cameo in at least one stop per tour — usually in New York City. Hey, we’re not saying you should move to Manhattan or Brooklyn just so you can see Jay Z and Beyoncé standing strong together IRL, but we’re not-not saying it either.
+ Watch Beyoncé and Jay Z perform “Upgrade U” during “The Beyoncé Experience.”
5.) “Young Forever” at Coachella Music Festival, 2010
This is just too much. As opposed to Jay surprising Bey’s audience onstage, she surprised his fans at Coachella back in 2010! Maybe it’s the fact that they weren’t doing a televised performance. Or, perhaps it’s just the cutoffs. But, Beyoncé and Jay Z seem especially relaxed and comfortable around one another here. There’s so much joy in their faces to be performing with the one they love! We can’t wait to see this times TEN come the Grammy Awards.
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