On August 10th, Beyoncé performed her ‘4’ hit ‘I Was Here’ at the United Nations but before recording her performance, she sat down with Under-Secretary General and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos for an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
Contrary to the beliefs of Harry Belafonte, Bey is always doing everything that she can to help other people and her partnership with the U.N. to raise awareness about World Humanitarian Day came about because she “was definitely attracted to raising awareness of this day of recognition. I found out that 22 people lost their lives helping people in Baghdad and I thought it was such an incredible thing to turn that into something positive and try to include the world in doing something great for someone else.”
Bey also explained why she chose ‘I Was Here’ making reference to the lyrics and what they stood for. ” ‘I Was Here’ says I want to leave my footprints in the sands of time, and it’s basically all of our dreams [about] leaving our mark on the world,” she explained. “We all want to know that our life meant something and that we did something for someone else and that we spread positivity, no matter how big or how small, so the song is perfect for Humanitarian Day.”
“I feel like we all have our purpose and we all have our strengths and I don’t know if it’s selfish or unselfish, but it feels so wonderful to do something for someone else,” Beyoncé added. “And I think for the U.N to want to include the whole world was something important, and that’s what I represent.”
Beyoncé’s recorded performance of ‘I Was Here’ will debut on World Humanitarian Day (August 19th) with the objective of uniting one billion people.
Watch Beyoncé’s Interview With Anderson Cooper Below: