August 30, 2023
Beyoncé Named Honorary Mayor of Santa Clara Ahead Of Renaissance Tour Stop
That’s Mayor Beyoncé to you!
The “Renaissance” tour has earned Beyoncé millions of dollars, has helped her boost small businesses and local economies, and has even made her an honorary mayor of a California city.
On Tuesday, Aug. 28, the Santa Clara City Council voted to name Beyoncé honorary mayor for a day and present her with a key to the city, Mercury News reports. The honor came a few days before Queen Bey’s scheduled “Renaissance” tour stop on Aug. 30 at Levi’s Stadium.
“The city of Santa Clara is excited about Beyonce’s upcoming visit to the world-renowned Levi’s Stadium,” Santa Clara spokesperson Michelle Templeton said.
“Her concerts will certainly bring a great deal of energy and excitement.”
The proclamation from Santa Clara’s Mayor Lisa Gillmore praises Beyonce for her “tremendous cultural impact as one of the most influential pop culture figures, and attaining wide success with the R&B group Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé (also) broke out on her own as a solo artist,” the statement continued.
Noting the 200 million records Beyoncé has sold worldwide, the proclamation hails the singer as one of the best-selling artists of all time. With 32 Grammy Awards—more than any other artist in history—the city honored all of Beyoncé’s accolades including her 26 MTV Video Music Awards, and 24 NAACP Image Awards.
The city also recognized her philanthropic work through her Bey Good Foundation where she shows a “profound dedication to numerous charitable causes,” the proclamation states.
Just last month, Taylor Swift received the honor ahead of her two-day stint at Levi’s as part of her “Eras” world tour. The two superstars have been igniting fanfare worldwide with their competing tours, which are expected to earn both singers billions of dollars.
Beyoncé is estimated to earn around $2.1 billion from her worldwide tour; Swift is expected to be the first artist to make $1 billion in ticket sales, Bloomberg reports.
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