When you think of Beyoncé these days, you can’t really help but hear “Single Ladies”, arguably her signature song, in your head. More than likely it’ll focus on the line that’s about one of the two main subjects of the song, the admonishing catchphrase that is “If you like it, then you should-a put a ring on it.”
As it turns out, someone dared to do exactly just that, on the stage of a Beyoncé concert to boot. And it wasn’t Queen Bey herself, but she was in on it.
Entertainment Tonight tells the story: It was the evening of September 10, Saturday at St. Louis, Missouri. It was part of Beyoncé’s “Formation World Tour” concert series, and she was in top form as always with her posse of backup dancers led by their captain and constant stage companion to Beyoncé, Ashley Everett.
Then at a highlight of the show, Queen Bey and her troupe broke into her standard number “Single Ladies” – which she hasn’t performed live since April – in all its J-setting choreography glory.Towards the end of the first chorus however, Beyoncé broke off from the song and dance and invited onto the stage John Silver, one of her male backups, St. Louis native and, incidentally, Ashely Everett’s boyfriend.
After a surprised hug Silver, with Queen Bey’s microphone in one hand and Everett’s hand in the other (the latter shooting comic accusatory looks at her boss and fellow dancers), went on to address the crowd who were suddenly in a tense excitement. Referring to Everett, Silver said, “She’s my queen, so I feel like it’s only right to come out here in my hometown.”
Finally, to Everett’s shock and pleasant surprise, her boyfriend went through the immortal motions: down on one knee, open box with ring on one hand extended toward her, and the full-name address followed by the question: “Will you marry me?”
Well judging by the big kiss, she gave him, Ashley Everett’s answer was a resounding yes. As Beyoncé aborted approaching them for a moment, John Silver went on and put a ring on it; he even said it verbatim much to everyone’s amused approval.
And as the music began to pick up again while Silver made his exit, the Queen joking said to her newly-engaged chief lieutenant, “Now let’s see you do the choreography after that.”
Ashley Everett did so like a pro, as the “Single Ladies” number continued, and they went into that chorus line, her hand stood out proudly among her fellow dancers and Beyoncé’s hands: someone liked it and had put a ring on it. She would later share her happiness in a hyper-excited Instagram post.
Congratulations to them both.
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