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Beyoncé makes history with a live performance at Coachella

CNN logo CNN 4/15/2018 By Nicole Chavez, CNN
Recording artist Beyonce performs during a Get Out The Vote concert Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at Wolstein Center on November 4, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. © Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America Recording artist Beyonce performs during a Get Out The Vote concert Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at Wolstein Center on November 4, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Beyoncé performed for throngs of screaming fans Saturday night at Coachella after a year's wait.

"Y'all ready Coachella?," she asked the crowd as she opened her set, becoming the first woman of color to headline the music festival in Indio, California.

Other headliners this year included the Weeknd and Eminem.

The singer opened her long-anticipated performance with a marching band version of her hit "Crazy in Love," and later crooned a rendition of "Lift Every Voice and Sing," also known as the black national anthem.

Minutes before her performance, Beyoncé posted a photo on Instagram from backstage.

The superstar singer was slated to headline last year's festival, but had to cancel under doctor's orders because she was pregnant with twins at the time. Lady Gaga stepped in as Beyoncé's replacement.

She and her husband, rapper Jay-Z, welcomed Rumi and Sir Carter last June.

Beyoncé's fans, known as the "BeyHive," have waited to see her perform since last year's Grammy Awards.

Hours before Saturday's performance, the singer said she can't wait to see her fans.

"I am so excited to see the BeyHive tonight at Coachella. We have been working hard and have a special show planned for you so please be safe and stay hydrated," she wrote on Facebook. "We need your energy!"

Beyoncé and Jay-Z will kick off their joint tour this summer.

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