The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour is one of the biggest shows this year. So, when it came time to pick an opening act, Beyonce stuck with what she knew and grabbed New Orleans R&B singer Luke James to warm-up the Bey-loving crowds.
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James, who called the selection "an unimaginable honor" and "a blessing that I do not take lightly," will open shows for Beyonce starting April 24 in Paris and going through May 29 in Stockholm.
"Luke James is a gifted singer and songwriter and what he does on stage with his pure falsetto is incredible," Beyonce said in a statement. "I am excited to have him join the tour and to introduce this soulful singer to an audience in Europe that will be discovering a true star."
James opened for Queen Bey during her Atlantic City shows in the summer of 2012 and is managed by Beyonce's creative director (meaning James isn't the only person who owes Beyonce one.)
Luke James posted the above photo/statement to his Twitter account (which asks the question many people will be thinking in his handle @whoisLukejames).
Beyonce kicked off her tour on Monday in Serbia and her eye-catching outfits have been driving audiences and culture commentators wild. Her "golden nipple outfit" has caused many writers to be outraged including Arianne Sommer who said:
"It is surprising and a little bit dismaying to see that Beyonce seems to think she needs to position herself visually in the same way as she has always been a shining example of how a woman can command attention and be sensual in a very classy way," Sommer said. "Beyonce has always been known for her clean sex appeal, which is largely the reason why she is so successful with commercial endorsements for big, family oriented brands such as Pepsi and L'Oreal. It would not surprise me if the telephone hot lines of these brands are running hot right now with enraged mothers."
Author Sara Maria agreed saying ""Although some of Beyonce's costumes were stylish, the faux breasts and nipples is much closer to vulgar. It certainly makes a statement, but is it a statement worth making?"
Beyonce has not responded to the comments.
What do you think? Is Luke James a good choice for the opening act of Beyonce's Mrs. Carter Show World Tour? Is the outrage over Beyonce's outfit deserved?