Beyoncé Performs ‘I Was Here’ At The United Nations
“Is this what happens at the U.N. every Friday night?” Anderson Cooper jokingly asked the crowd present at the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations yesterday (August 10th). “Because, I’ve gotta tell you … I wanna be here every Friday night if this goes on.”
Cooper was referring to Beyoncé’s upcoming performance of her “profound and moving song” ‘I Was Here.’
In introducing the singer, Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson said, “Tonight [she] brings more than her stunning talents; she brings inspiration to help another person, to help another human being.”
Beyoncé soon took the stage wearing a floor-length white sequin gown with a cutout neckline and long sleeves to perform a rousing rendition of the song as massive screens displayed images of disaster struck zones and Humanitarian workers.
Her performance of ‘I Was Here’ was recorded and will be released on World Humanitarian Day (August 19th) with the goal of reaching one billion views.
“I’d like to ask everyone to make sure they’re a part of August 19th,” she said after her performance. “It’s such a beautiful, beautiful day, and I’d like to honor the 22 people who lost their lives. God bless you all. Thank you so much for having me.”
Present in the audience were Julia Stiles, The-Dream and songwriter Diane Warren. Later in the day, Warren tweeted, “WOW WOW WOW!!!!!!! Beyoncé killed it at the UN!!! #IWASHEREWHD2012,” she added, “Tonite was one of the best experiences ever. #WHD2012IWASHERE.”
-FYI- The U.N. General Assembly created World Humanitarian Day in 2008 to commemorate the August 19th, 2003, killing of 22 people in an attack on the U.N. offices in Baghdad.
Beyonce At The United Nations
Watch Beyoncé Rehearse ‘I Was Here’ Below: