Madonna and Beyonce Knowles appeared on Oprah Winfreyâ€™s first farewell TV show yesterday (May 23).
The singing stars joined Tom Hanks and Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, and Halle Berry for the first part of a double send-off for the hugely influential talk-show hostâ€”once hailed as "arguably the worldâ€™s most powerful woman" by Time magazine.
Tom introduced surprise guest Madonna as "a viewer from New York City," saying: "This hard-working mother-of-four says The Oprah Winfrey Show means the world to her."
Madonna paid tribute to the hostâ€”who is stepping down from the program after 25 yearsâ€”adding: "It is no secret that millions of people have been inspired by Oprah and Iâ€™m one of those people."
BeyoncĂ¨ appeared and gave a rendition of her new single, "(Run the World) Girls," dressed in a tuxedo bodysuit and backed by a huge team of all-female dancers.
Mid-song, she addressed the host, saying: "Oprah, your persuasion can build a nation. We love you, Oprah. Thank you."
BeyoncĂ¨â€™s choreographer, Frank Gatson Jr., later revealed that the star had pushed her team hard to make sure her tribute to Oprah was something special.
He told MTV: "Itâ€™s amazing. Me, myself, BeyoncĂ¨, people of colorâ€”we have so much respect for that woman.
"Thatâ€™s why BeyoncĂ¨ pushed us so hard. She wanted to make sure that Oprahâ€™s proud of what she did for her show.
"In Oprahâ€™s world, women rule the world, so how coincidental that BeyoncĂ¨â€™s song is called that?
"So it was just appropriate, perfection. I loved it. It was great to be there. The energy in that place was unbelievable."
The second part of Oprahâ€™s send-off show will be broadcast tomorrow (May 25) in the U.S.