Eddie Vedder and Beyoncé sing Redemption Song: The duo cover Bob Marley at the Global Citizen Festival (VIDEO).

Watch Unlikely Duo Eddie Vedder and Beyoncé Sing “Redemption Song”

Watch Unlikely Duo Eddie Vedder and Beyoncé Sing “Redemption Song”

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Sept. 27 2015 11:28 AM

Eddie Vedder and Beyoncé Teamed Up to Cover “Redemption Song”

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Saturday’s Global Citizen Festival featured a host of off-kilter, odd couple duets—Ariana Grande and Coldplay, Sting and Common—but none were more surprising than when, during Pearl Jam’s set, Eddie Vedder called Beyoncé to the stage for a rendition of “Redemption Song.”

The pairing seems ill-advised and a little pat—the Gen-X rocker meets the millennial star!—but there’s a strange, contrapuntal beauty to the way Vedder’s weathered croon scrapes against Beyoncé’s sleek, effortless runs. Less successful: Beyoncé’s later duet with Ed Sheeran.

Sharan Shetty is on the editorial staff of the New Yorker. You can follow him on Twitter