Vaneese Johnson, Affiliate Producer – Here in the DMV you never know where you might cross paths with the FLOTUS; Target, Alicia Keys concert or out with her staff for lunch. This weekend Mrs. Obama made a surprise visit to Atlantic City, joining 5,500 fans at the Beyonce concert.
Michelle Obama and daughters, Sasha and Malia, appeared excited throughout the concert, cheering Beyonce on. The daughters even sang along to the old school-sounding jam “Love on Top.”
Obama recently told People magazine that if she could be anyone else, it would be Beyonce. And she came close, at least in how she was received by the audience: The first lady got a roaring cheer that matched Beyonce’s as she made her way to her seat in a shiny green dress. Some fans took photos while others screamed her name. One yelled, “This is history!
Beyonce opened the night with the upbeat “End of Time,” wearing a glimmering silver outfit and hot pink shoes that matched her nails. She followed that with more up-tempo hits like “Crazy In Love,” ”Get Me Bodied” and “Party.”
During the slower grooves, Beyonce brought on the emotion. She held back tears during a rousing rendition of “Resentment” and sat on top of a piano when belting the love song “1+1.”
The multiplatinum singer’s Atlantic City concerts are her first since giving birth in January to daughter Blue Ivy.
“Y’all don’t know how hard I had to work,” Beyonce told the crowd. “I had to lose 60 pounds. They had me on the treadmill, eating lettuce.”
Beyonce paid tributes to late singers throughout the night, singing a verse of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” and giving Donna Summer a shout-out when performing “Naughty Girl,” which samples Summer’s hit “Love to Love You Baby.” She also performed a cover of Lauryn Hill’s “Ex-Factor” and infused Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris” when she singing “If I Were a Boy.”
Beyonce was backed by her all-female band and numerous dancers — some men. She also performed Friday and has shows on Sunday and Monday at Revels, which also has a casino.