Prince and Beyoncé at the 2004 Grammy Awards. / AP Photo, Kevork Djansezian

Prince and Beyonce at the 2004 Grammy Awards. / AP Photo, Kevork Djansezian

The Queen Bey didn’t wait until her Minneapolis date to pay tribute to Prince. A week and a half into her Formation Tour, Beyoncé surprised the sold-out crowd at AT&T Stadium in Dallas on Monday by dropping “The Beautiful Ones” into the show.

She performed a dramatic, full-throated version of the 1984 "Purple Rain" classic mid-concert right after her own sexy, crescendoing ballad, “1+1.” In a fan-shot video of the performance that went viral Tuesday (posted below), you can pretty well hear the crowd losing it as Bey dug deep to honor her late hero and 2004 Grammy Awards duet partner. Afterward, audience members lit up the stadium with their cell-phone lights as a recording of “Purple Rain” blasted over the speakers while Beyonce left for a costume change, according to an account by the Dallas Morning News.

Beyonce’s tour lands in Prince’s hometown on May 23 at TCF Bank Stadium. If she doesn’t sing it again here, surely we could hit her with a class-action lawsuit.

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