The vocalist, sporting a white Global Citizen Festival t-shirt, shook hands with Vedder, then took a seat next to the Pearl Jam frontman as they performed a stripped down version of the Bob Marley classic, “Redemption Song”.
Beyonce also made a surprise drop-in at last year’s Global Citizen Fest, appearing in her husband Jay-Z’s set for “Holy Grail” and “Young Forever”.
Teenage Pakistani activist and Nobel Prize victor Malala Yousafzai also addressed the festival, using her remarks to highlight the link between education and global poverty.
This year’s Global Citizen Festival was held to coincide with the launch of the United Nations’ new Global Goals created to fight inequality, protect our planet, and end extreme poverty by 2030.
You can see several notable people on the stage while Eddie Vedder and company tear through their song, including Kerry Washington, Richard Brandson, Jason Sudeikis, and Olivia Wilde. Other duets included Coldplay and Ariana Grande, Sting and Common and Sheeran and Chris Martin.
It’s not just because Beyoncé’s hourlong performance was as stunning as a concert of her own, moving between inspirational ballads and rousing anthems of female empowerment.
Yousafzai, the 18-year-old Pakistani activist, was passionate as she spoke about fighting for the right for all children to receive an education.