The Sound of Change: Beyoncé and Gucci lead the A-list in a star-studded benefit concert

Chime for Change
Chime for Change

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Beyoncé, Florence Welch, Jennifer Lopez and others reaffirmed that girls do run the world as they took to the stage at last night’s The Sound of Change concert in London. The show was held to promote Gucci’s Chime for Change charity, of which Beyoncé, Salma Hayek and Gucci creative director Frida Giannini are co-founders.

Beyoncé, who played artistic director for the event, sang and danced through a forty-five minute set to a 50,000-strong crowd at London’s Twickenham Stadium. The star, who was recently crowned an icon on Time’s annual list of 100 Most Influential People and described by Great Gatsby director Baz Luhrmann as the “reigning national voice” of the US, performed some of her most major girl power hits including “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It),” “Run The World (Girls)” and “Grown Woman”. Oh and did we mention that her entire band was female? The not-so-single diva was radiant in a sexy black bodysuit and edgy ankle boots.

Highlights of the night included Jennifer Lopez and Mary J Blige combining forces to sing The Beatles’ classic “Come Together” and a videotaped message of support from Prince Harry. Queen B showed us how crazy cute her and hubby Jay-Z are as they shared a kiss during a performance of their hit “Crazy in Love”. On hand to join the start-studded cast of mostly female performers was an array of equally talented presenters including Madonna, Blake Lively and Jada Pinkett Smith.

Unicef and Plan International are among the partner organizations for the charity, which advocates for girls’ rights in the areas of health, education and justice. Donation’s can be made on the charity’s website.

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