This week Beyoncé performed a cover of “I Will Always Love You,” made famous by Dolly Parton, and again by Whitney Houston in the early 90s from “The Bodyguard” soundtrack. It’s an extremely difficult song to sing, made even more so by the inevitable comparison to both Parton and Houston. It’s not a song many artists would dare to sing live on stage.
Beyonce didn’t shy away from the song however, the popular singer/performer took the stage during a charity event for L.A.’s Center for Early Education this week, and the video is currently playing on YouTube. While it has been reported that the school will be the center at which Blue Ivy will eventually learn her ABC’s and numbers, her enrollment hasn’t been announced at this time.
To give you an idea of the school the mission statement reads, “The Center for Early Education, a socio-economically and culturally diverse independent school for children, toddlers through grade six, strives to graduate students who are joyful, resilient, life-long learners.”
It’s a pretty impressive institution, and the money raised from the event will go straight to the school. The Center, “embraces a philosophy of education that combines a nurturing, inclusive learning environment with an increasingly challenging academic program that addresses the developmental needs of each child,” according to the same mission statement
Beyoncé performed the number at the Shrine auditorium this past Saturday. Beyoncé also performed renditions of “Crazy in Love,” “XO,” and “Halo”.
You can checkout the performance below, while the video remains on YouTube. Of course everyone has their own favorite version of the popular song, and just like every critic ever that has heard an artist perform the track on stage, you will no doubt draw your own comparisons. It’s not the best quality video for sure, but you get the idea of how the performance went.