John Mayer's Beyoncé Cover is Everything Good in This World

John Mayer covered Beyonce's song, XO and it was perfect.

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The fans at John Mayer's (opens in new tab) Tuesday concert in Australia received a special treat from their boy. We'd say it probably wins second prize to having Kate Middleton in their country (opens in new tab), but that's beside the point. With an acoustic guitar and harmonica, Mayer performed a rendition of Beyonce's song, XO (opens in new tab), complete with all his sexy, folky, breathy goodness.

Earlier, he tweeted about how "real and raw" Bey's voice sounded on the track, which we're sure is what prompted him to give the song a try himself.


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Hallie Gould

Hallie has worked in beauty editorial for ten years and has been editorial director at Byrdie since 2021. Previously, she was a senior editor at Byrdie since 2016. During her time at Byrdie, she's written hundreds of high-performing stories on skincare, wellness (including fitness, diet, mental health, body image, et al) makeup, and hair. She's a regular on set, helping to source inspiration for makeup and hair looks, as well as interviewing celebrities, models, and other notable women and men in the beauty space.

Before that, Hallie ran Marie Claire's social media and wrote beauty and culture stories for the site, and helped launch Time Inc.'s digital-only beauty brand, MIMI. After college, she contributed to Time Out New York’s Shopping & Style section before landing her first beauty editor gig at Hearst's Real Beauty. Hallie's writing has also appeared in ELLE, Cosmopolitan, and InStyle. Hallie graduated with a BA in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.