Beyoncé Weathers Lightning Storm, Pays Tribute to Prince in Minneapolis

By Hayden Wright

Hours after Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton declared May 23 “Beyoncé Day” for 24 hours, a lightning storm forced the pop superstar to delay her concert in Minneapolis. A whopping 35,000 fans that filled the TCF Bank Stadium were moved to the concourse and close by indoor arenas at The University of Minnesota. In less than an hour the storm passed and fans were readmitted to the stadium.

Taking the inconvenience in stride, Beyoncé told the crowd “Thank you for riding out the storm with me.”

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In the governor’s proclamation, he said: “Beyoncé has influenced many women and young girls with powerful, positive messages in her songs.”

No Minneapolis concert would be complete without a heartfelt Prince tribute, and Beyoncé selected “The Beautiful Ones” to pay her respects to the late icon in his home city. Original audio from “Purple Rain” also played while a simple purple square filled the Jumbotron.

Watch the Prince tribute here:

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