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It was the hottest ticket in town. Beyonce performed at Raymond James Stadium to a nearly sold out crowd.
Tampa is the second stop on her "Formation World Tour". While there were mostly supporters at the show, there were also some people who didn't want to see her take the stage.
On stage, the Queen Bey performed classics like "Halo" and many of her latest songs, like "Formation," which has drawn criticism world wide, including at Raymond James Stadium.
But the BeyHive was eager, not willing to let the drama bring down their night.
Ashley Evans Came from New York to see Beyonce perform.
"I'm so excited I could barely sleep all night. The past few weeks actually," she said before the show.
But flying high above the swarm of fans was a message, pulled behind a plane.
"Blue Lives Matter."
It circled Raymond James Stadium for hours before Beyonce took the stage.
The silent, yet visible, protest stems from Beyonce's song "Formation," and Super Bowl halftime performance, where her back up dancers dressed as black panthers.
Some in the law enforcement community dubbed the performance anti-police. The Miami Police Union voted to boycott her show at Marlins Park, although it was staffed.
The head of Tampa's Police Benevolent Association said he was "disgusted"and would back officers who chose not to voluntarily work her concert in Tampa.
Tampa police, however, made sure the event was fully staffed on Friday. When Bey hit the stage, there was no drama inside the stadium.View from the field at Beyonce Raymond James Stadium concert #Formation #WorldTour pic.twitter.com/JHCghhrnqi-- Crystal Clark (@1crystalclark) April 30, 2016
Cheering fans said they've waited a lifetime to see their idol in the flesh.Formation in Tampa #FormationWorldTour #beyonce pic.twitter.com/KccvrwiuCq-- Nutrance (@nutrance) April 30, 2016
"I can sing myself, so I look up to her, and that's what I want to become one day," said fan and aspiring singer Antonesia McCloud.
"I never thought this moment would actually be able to come true," said superfan Christine Edwards.POWER953: "Survivor" right now at Beyonce Formation World Tour Tampa! ??Check us out our Snapchat for more form the… pic.twitter.com/IGRkcqRKyS-- Brian Takeova (@Takeovapromo407) April 30, 2016
But the dream became a reality for tens of thousands Friday. Beyonce performed songs off her newly released album "Lemonade." The most loyal fans knew every word, saying, while her music may be drawing criticism, it's bold and refreshing.
"It's what we need as a society right now. We need to hear it! It represents everything we need, and it's great," said fan Brandon Thomas.
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