While we've gotten used to the annual Singapore GP festival, a cavalcade of iconic artists performing to a massive crowd, amidst all the excitement surrounding high-speed Formula 1 cars. There was a time when it was still a wholly new endeavour for us, where international artist-dominated festivals were not as frequent as they are now. The lineup was already very impressive: N.E.R.D., whose charismatic Pharell Williams will be arriving on his own in September, along with ZZ Top, No Doubt, The Black Eyed Peas. There was also Beyonce.
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It may seem implausible in memory, considering she's gotten inexplicably more popular over the years and a follow-up headline tour would've been expected, but Beyonce has not made an appearance in Singapore ever since — except for that one time she and Jay-Z had a layover in Changi Airport earlier this year.
While her appearance in 2009 seemed brief, what many of us didn't know was that she performed another set, one that was only for a select group of Singaporeans.
The massively-successful 'Drunk in Love' singer made an appearance in National University Hospital's Cancer Ward to visit the patients, many of whom were children. She treated them to an intimate acoustic session that we're certain made plenty of them happy.