*Beyonce received the Billboard Millennium Award and performed her new single, “Run the World (Girls),” for the first time on network television at Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards on ABC. [Scroll down to watch.]
Several of Beyonce’s close relatives, famous friends and collaborators — including First Lady Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, The-Dream, U2’s Bono, Babyface, Stevie Wonder, sister Solange and her son Daniel “Juelz” Smith, Barbra Streisand, Matthew Knowles and Tina Knowles — took part in the Billboard Millennium Award presentation with pre-recorded personal messages about the singer’s accomplishments and impact.
The honoree herself then took the stage to perform “Run the World (Girls),” the lead single from her fourth studio album,” 4,” for the first time ever. Virtual duplicates of Beyrocked behind her on a huge video screen until an impressive 100 back-up dancers emerged to rock collectively to the girl-power anthem.
After the show-stopping performance, Tina Knowles and Juelz presented Beyonce with the Billboard Millennium Award, as the singer breathlessly thanked her parents, Destiny Child’s Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams and even former members of the group, Letoya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson.
Beyonce ended her speech by shouting out her husband — “I love me some Jay-Z,” she said, as the rap star smiled and nodded and a collective “aw” could be heard in Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Arena.
Watch Beyonce’s performance below.