Trust Beyoncé to deliver one of the most talked-about moments at this year’s Oscars. The singer kicked off the highly-awaited awards ceremony on Sunday night with a performance that was iconic in more ways than one. The star took over viewers’ screens with electrifying lime green visuals and a live rendition of the Oscar-nominated track ‘Be Alive’, which is part of the original soundtrack for the film King Richard. Beyoncé’s act was a nod to the film’s subjects, Venus and Serena Williams, as it was performed miles away from the Oscars’ LA venue, at the same tennis courts in Compton, California, where the two athletes started their careers.
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Tying all the elements of Beyoncé’s return to an award show stage after five years in one dynamic package was Lebanese art director Andrew Makadsi. In 2019, the creative was famously nominated for an Emmy in the category of outstanding production design for Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé. “Beyoncé’s an artist–she knows what she wants and a lot of the creative comes from her. She is the mastermind,” Makadsi had said of working with the star.
For last night’s performance, the Grammy Award-winning singer was dressed in a custom dress from David Koma in a tennis-ball green, matching that of her many backup dancers, musicians, and their instruments, to offer a monochromatic spectacle. The look chosen by Beyoncé and her stylist came with a feather-trimmed neckline, gloves, and decked out in subtle sequins, which they complemented with the Karma crystal pumps from Amina Muaddi, a crystallized garter belt, a stack of bracelets, and oversized mother of pearl earrings. In another homage to the Williams’ familial bonds, the 40-year-old artist was also joined on stage by her 10-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy.