World stop: Beyoncé is pregnant with twins. The superstar made the announcement on Wednesday with a colorful Instagram post that featured her kneeling in front of a floral arrangement, swathed in a mint-green veil like a Pop Art iteration of the Madonna. “We would like to share our love and happiness,” her caption reads. “We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes. – The Carters.”
After the Internet exploded with joy (to the tune of half a million tweets in under an hour), questions began flooding in about Beyoncé’s upcoming engagements—most notably, her upcoming performance at Coachella in April. The Lemonade singer is one of the festival’s headliners, alongside Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar, and many are wondering how she’ll handle her performance, especially as her baby bump grows (with twins, no less). Though it has not yet been revealed how far along she is, she’s already quite visibly pregnant and her growing bump has fans concerned that she might cancel the performance altogether. TMZ has already reported that some of the “top execs” at AEG Live, which handles the music festival, allegedly had no clue that the queen was pregnant. One source joked that Beyoncé will “just borrow Dave Grohl’s big chair,” referencing the rolling throne the Foo Fighters lead singer used on tour after breaking his leg in Sweden. Representatives for Coachella have not yet responded to Vanity Fair’s request for comment.
Beyoncé, of course, is no stranger to performing during a pregnancy. In 2011, while five months pregnant with daughter Blue Ivy, she sang a stunning rendition of “Love on Top” at the MTV Video Music Awards, memorably unbuttoning her suit jacket and rubbing her belly at the end of the performance. Because she is Beyoncé, she did the performance in staggeringly high heels, and managed to serve up an energetic bop and two step even while delivering the song’s daunting key changes.
The world later learned that Beyoncé was already pregnant during her headlining gig at Glastonbury, as well as her visually stunning 2011 Billboard Music Awards performance, though she wasn’t showing at the time.
Of course, if there’s any artist alive who could pull off a headlining gig while far into a pregnancy with twins, it’s Beyoncé. Though dancing, an essential element of her live act, may be out of the question at Coachella, she’s still one of the world’s most gifted singers. She’s entranced crowds before with less kinetic performances, like her popular sit-down rendition of the infidelity ballad “Resentment.” Many an artist has mastered delivering a rousing performance just by belting at the mic (may we introduce you to Adele?); surely Beyoncé can figure out how to do the most Beyoncé version of that.
She’ll likely be assisted by the sorts of bells and whistles Bey normally employs, like backup dancers and interstitial video clips, as well as the benefit of being able to ask literally anyone to join her onstage as a guest performer. With just about any superstar potentially at her disposal—Kendrick! Jay Z! Literally! Anyone!—there’s no limit to what her Coachella performance might be be. Unless, you know, she decides to cancel the whole thing because she’s carrying Blue Ivy’s precious siblings.
By Yohana Desta
Courtesy of Vanity Fair