As if knowing the world needed her now more than ever, Beyoncé popped up on the Disney Family Singalong special that aired on ABC April 16.
“Tonight, we come together and take a break to share in the joy of Disney,” host Ryan Seacrest said at the beginning of the special, which also raised awareness and funds for Feeding America. The night featured many big stars, like Ariana Grande and Christina Aguilera covering classic songs, but nobody was a bigger surprise than Queen Bey, whose appearance had not been mentioned in any of the press leading up to the event.
“I’m very proud to be a part of the Disney family,” Bey during the special. “And to help present the Disney Songbook Singalong in partnership with Feeding America, I’d like to dedicate this song to all of the healthcare workers who’ve been working tirelessly to keep us healthy and safe. We greatly appreciate you.”
She then sang “When You Wish Upon a Star” from Pinocchio and crushed it, naturally.
“She sent something in and it was absolutely beautiful. Beyoncé singing ‘When You Wish Upon a Star’ was in the total spirit of not only what the special is about, but what the country is about right now, and it was something only she could do,” Rob Mills, a senior vice president at ABC Entertainment told Buzzfeed News.
Darren Criss shared a little inside insight into the song choice on Twitter. “Fun fact: asked if I could do ‘When You Wish Upon a Star.’ They said ‘that’s impossible to get cleared’ which was either the nicest way to tell me ‘please don’t’ or it was actually true and it’s just nothing is impossible if Beyonce wants to do it,” he wrote on Twitter.
As with every time Beyoncé makes a public appearance, social media went nuts. “ABC didn’t even bother to put the lyrics up for Beyoncé’s song. They said don’t you even THINK about singing when Beyoncé sings!!!!! #DisneyFamilySingalong,” one person tweeted. “I need Beyoncé to release a small ep of her singing lullabies. Imagine how peaceful sleep would be Loudly crying face,” another wrote.
“Please hold on to your families tight. Please be safe. Don’t give up hope, we’re gonna get through this. I promise. God bless you,” Beyoncé said as she finished singing and blew the world a big kiss.