This Is "Drunk In Love" Like You've Never Heard It Before

Beyoncé *totally* revamped her hit song at the Global Citizen Festival.

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Let's get something straight: This is not Taylor Swift inviting her famous friends onstage to giggle and wave while thousands of teenage girls bellow teenage love songs. 

Here's Eddie Vedder, easily one of the biggest rock stars of the past 25 years, and Beyonce, who needs no modifier, performing an understated, eloquent version of the final song on Bob Marley's final album—arguably the most meaningful song Marley ever wrote. The lyrics are partly adapted from a speech given by Marcus Garvey. And here's Vedder and Beyonce, on a Saturday night in New York City, a stone's throw from Marcus Gavey Park, effortlessly harmonizing like f*cking Simon & Garfunkel. And then we pan away to a chilling Nelson Mandela speech during the musical interlude. Beyonce pulls Vedder in for a sincere kiss on the cheek when it's all over. 

No, they didn't do this for the Instagram likes. This was different.

Add to that another stellar performance from Queen Bey: an acoustic rendition of "Drunk in Love" performed in duet with Ed Sheeran. Perhaps this one did cater more to the teenage girls set of the audience—but it was amazing nonetheless.