Former Drag Race star Shangela Laquifa Wadley, known to her many fans as simply “Shangela,” performed for Beyoncé and Jay-Z at this year’s GLAAD Media Awards on Thursday night, adding to her already banner year.
The drag queen, who was a runner-up on RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 3 and recently appeared in A Star Is Born, delved into a 7-minute medley of Beyoncé tunes — and she was so good that Queen Bey herself gave her a standing ovation.
Shangela’s performance was designed to honor the Carters, who were attending the ceremony to accept the Vanguard Award, which celebrates folks in entertainment who advocate for equal rights for LGBT people even though they don’t identify with the community themselves.
Online reaction for Shangela’s Beyoncé performance was breathless.
Though she didn’t win Drag Race, people certainly believe she has become the country’s next drag superstar.
And, yes, at the end of the performance, Beyoncé — THE Beyoncé — stood on her feet to praise Shangela. This is the highest form of praise, tbh. It also looks like she mouths “SO GREAT” while clapping.
Other fans recounted all of the major work Shangela has done recently, including collaborating with some of the biggest names in music and film. (If you didn’t know, Shangela is the voice you hear at the beginning of Ariana Grande’s “NASA.”)
A legend who never stops working.
Trixie Mattel, the queen who ultimately snatched the All Stars Season 3 crown, commended her former cast mate’s performance too.
After Shangela’s performance, Beyoncé and Jay-Z took the stage to accept their award.
The music icon said she was “super honored and overwhelmed” and had a bit of a wardrobe mishap because of Shangela’s fabulous performance.
“I’ve already cried,” Beyoncé said. “I put a run in my stocking from Shangela.”
Legends honoring legends.