Beyoncé scores invite to return to Grambling state for the 45th Bayou Classic

GSU President Rick Gallot invited artist Beyoncé to perform with GSU Students #BEYouClassic

Grambling, LA — On the heels of her record-breaking Coachella performance, President Rick Gallot tweets and invites music artist Beyoncé Knowles to attend the 45th Bayou Classic Game in New Orleans, LA.

“It’s incredible to see HBCU support surging from so many places,” says Rick Gallot, President of Grambling State University. “When an artist like Beyoncé uses her platform to highlight the amazing talent within the HBCU community, it helps push us all forward.”

Grambling State, home of the World Famed Grambling State University Tiger Marching Band, has a long relationship with Beyoncé’s music. That history begun with her first visit to Grambling State with the group Destiny’s Child in the year 2000. Since then, the Tiger Marching Band has performed Beyoncé’s top hits across the world including Crazy in Love and Flawless.

“We’d love the opportunity to say thank you to Beyoncé for her continuous HBCU support in person,” says President Gallot. “It would also give our students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at a once-in-a-lifetime event.”

That once-in-a-lifetime event is the 45th Annual Bayou Classic Weekend, where Grambling State University will face off against Southern University for the country’s second-most attended football game, next to the Super Bowl, and the Battle of the Bands.

Grambling State University students, supporters, and fans are encouraged to share the hashtag #BEYouClassic to help show their support.
About Grambling State University:

Grambling State University, located in Grambling Louisiana, is a historically black university founded in 1901. The University has been accredited by 13 accrediting associations and holds accreditations in all programs required by the Louisiana Board of Regents. The 590-acre campus offers 43 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Grambling State University is a member of the University of Louisiana System. For more information visit

About the 45th Annual Bayou Classic Weekend:

In 2018, Grambling State University and Southern University will celebrate the 45th anniversary of the legendary football game that was the second most-attended football game in recent history. For more information, visit