Beyoncé closed the first day of her husband Jay Z’s second annual music festival with a 90-minute set that featured hits like ‘‘Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)’’ and ‘‘Crazy in Love.’’ Beyoncé (right) was the headline performer Saturday at the Budweiser Made in America festival in Philadelphia on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway that included 50,000 fans. She was excited and energetic as she sang and danced to songs that satisfied the crowd. ‘‘Welcome to Made in America,’’ she screamed. ‘‘Show me how loud you can be.’’ Beyoncé performed more than a dozen songs on the main stage — much like her Mrs. Carter World Tour, which wrapped in Brooklyn last month. She was a vocal powerhouse on songs like ‘‘If I Were a Boy’’ and ‘‘1+1’’ — where she sang on the floor — and like the Energizer Bunny during the uptempo numbers ‘‘Get Me Bodied’’ and ‘‘End of Time.’’ She closed with ‘‘Halo,’’ kicking the song off with Whitney Houston’s ‘‘I Will Always Love You.’’ The Grammy-winning singer — not a usual at festivals — didn’t perform any new material that could hint at a possible new album. Another surprise was Jay Z: The rapper didn’t join Beyoncé onstage, though the two have a number of collaborations and he curated the festival. Her sister, Solange, who was part of the festival lineup Sunday, performed after an after-party at the Theater of Living Arts for a feverish crowd. ‘‘I’d rather perform for a crowd of 50 that appreciate the music,’’ she told the crowd of 200 people. Deadmau5, Phoenix, Emeli Sande, HAIM, A$AP Rocky, and others performed across three stages during the 10-hour event. Imagine Dragons were crowd favorites when singing the alternative-flavored hits ‘‘Radioactive’’ and ‘‘It’s Time,’’ while 2 Chainz was one of the most popular thanks to his many hits as a lead artist and guest star. Nine Inch Nails, Calvin Harris, Queens of the Stone Age, Kendrick Lamar, Miguel and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were among the Sunday performers. ‘‘This has been a beautiful night,’’ Beyoncé yelled after finishing her set. A fan replied: ‘‘You’re beautiful!’’
Praise for Mort Walker
Beetle Bailey was known to be a lazy Army private, but the creator of the popular comic strip is getting accolades from top military brass and others as he celebrates his 90th birthday. Mort Walker is receiving good wishes from Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Martin Dempsey, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Dolly Parton, and even Prince Albert II of Monaco. Walker, who turns 90 on Tuesday, lives in Stamford, Conn.
Miyazaki’s last film
Oscar-winning director Hayao Miyazaki’s animation studio says ‘‘The Wind Rises,’’ in competition at the Venice Film Festival, will be his last film. Koju Hoshino announced Miyazaki’s intention to retire Sunday, but declined to take questions, deferring to a news conference next week.