Beyoncé & Jay Z Pay Tribute to Victims Of Grenfell Tower Fire During On The Run Tour II
June 14, 2018 marks one year since the devastating Grenfell Tower fire, which killed 72 people and left hundreds without housing. The 24-story public housing building was located in North Kensington, West London.
“I’d like to dedicate this song to the friends and families of the victims of Grenfell,” Beyoncé said.
— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@Bey_Legion) June 15, 2018
The On The Run II performing pair also donned green lapels shaped as hearts, sent to them by campaigners from Justice 4 Grenfell.
Jay Z points to his Grenfell lapel as he and Beyoncé finish their set paying tribute to the victims by singing Forever Young pic.twitter.com/RCQJOQlXrP
— Katie French (@journokatie) June 15, 2018
The community-led organization tweeted their thanks to the famous power couple:
We are grateful that Jay Z and Beyonce dedicated their last song to Grenfell tonight, they said their thoughts were with the families & survivors. We are glad they wore the green heart badges that we sent over! Thank you 💚#Justice4Grenfell @grenfellspeaks
— Justice4Grenfell (@officialJ4G) June 15, 2018
The day before, about 5,000 people participated in a silent march of remembrance in London, according to Independent.
Fans expressed their appreciation of the gesture on Twitter:
Beyonce and Jay Z acknowledging and tributing the residents of Grenfell made me cry. What a special, righteous act.
— greeney (@James_Greeney) June 15, 2018
This makes me so emotional😢 Beyoncé & Jay-Z dedicating their song Forever Young to the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire pic.twitter.com/Dzwiu1FeUo
— Ash Worth (@AshleyWorth7) June 16, 2018
Beyoncé and Jay Z just dedicated London’s #OTRII to the victims of Grenfell.
We all sobbed.
— Lauren Dudley📸 (@Lauren9Dudley) June 15, 2018