Dressed in a floor-length white sequin gown, Beyoncé took the floor of the United Nations in New York on Friday to show her support and lend her voice for World Humanitarian Day, created to remember 22 workers who lost their lives during a terrorist attack in Iraq in 2003. The event’s organizers have joined forces with the superstar to attract 1 million new volunteers and encourage community service by August 19, reports MTV News.
The 30-year-old star had appeared at the United Nations earlier in the day, where she rehearsed her performance of “I Was Here” and met with members of the United Nations. Now, at 8 p.m. ET on Friday night, Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson made his way to the stage welcoming everyone to the General Assembly Hall and giving an early introduction of Beyoncé, who had teased fans with a cryptic message on her blog and later revealed a PSA for World Humanitarian Day.
“Tonight [she] brings more than her stunning talents; she brings inspiration to help another person, to help another human being,” [host Anderson Cooper] told the crowd, going on to describe “I Was Here” as a “profound and moving song.” When he slipped on the title for a second, calling the song “I Was There,” it became evident that there were some Bey stans in the audience. They quickly corrected him and joined him in laughing it off, while he added, “in fact ‘here’ and ‘there’ is the same thing — that’s solidarity.”
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