The Renaissance World Tour has been taking the world by storm since its opening in May 2023, but the fans who attended Beyoncé’s show in Houston, Texas on Sept. 23 were in for an extra surprise. Rapper Megan Thee Stallion made a surprise appearance onstage to perform “Savage (Remix),” a collaboration she made with Beyoncé in 2020. The Houston stop of the Renaissance Tour was the first time the two artists had ever performed the collaboration live.
The performance was significant for several other reasons, as well. Megan Thee Stallion grew up in Houston, just like Beyoncé, and signed with fellow Houston legend T. Farris in 2018 before releasing her first record, Tina Snow. The rapper has also been a vocal fan of Beyoncé for years before their collaboration. Ever since the two performed “Savage” on Sept. 23, fans have unearthed Tweets and videos of Megan showing her appreciation for Beyoncé.
The now-28-year-old tweeted, “I LOVE YOU BEYONCÉ!” in August 2011, when she was just 16. Fan account Stallion Stats replied to the tweet with a video of Megan and Beyoncé’s “Savage” performance, captioned, “aged like fine wine.”
An emotional clip of the rapper talking about her late mother has also been circulating on TikTok. Holly Thomas was an artist herself who tragically passed away in March 2019. In the clip from a 2022 interview she did with Apple Music (you can see the moment in the video below at 11:50), Megan shares, “My momma was such a Beyoncé fan.” Fans have edited that clip next to the two artists performing in 2023.
The admiration clearly goes both ways. “Don’t she make you proud, Houston? She makes me proud. I love you, queen,” Beyoncé said during the performance. Megan enthusiastically replied, “I love you, Beyoncé!”, echoing her 2011 tweet.
Megan wasn’t the only celebrity guest at the Houston stop on the Renaissance Tour. Among the other celebrities spotted in attendance were the other former members of Destiny’s Child, a group that also originated in Houston. The group has reunited a few times, including during the 2013 Super Bowl Halftime Show, but have not released new music since 2004.
Beyoncé’s two nights in Houston have been record-breaking, expected to bring in millions of dollars to the economy — bringing Megan Thee Stallion’s lifelong admiration for the artist full-circle.