Ever since its starry launch event earlier this year, Tidal has positioned itself as the ultimate pop-music juggernaut, a superhero-style alliance uniting megastars such as Beyoncé, Jay Z, Jack White, Kanye West and Madonna. The streaming-music service asserted its dominance last night with a star-packed celebration at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, all proceeds from which will benefit the New World Foundation. Yeezy and Jack weren't on hand, but the roster was still pretty damn impressive, and we've got the visual evidence to prove it.
Marley, one of Tidal's newest co-owners, performed his track "Welcome to Jamrock" on the Barclays stage.
Brooklyn-based hip-hop group Flatbush Zombies represented their borough in its largest, most prestigious venue.
Nicki Minaj followed her Young Money mentor Lil Wayne on the Barclays stage.
Jay Z, Tidal's primary owner, brought out Rick Ross, Lil Wayne and Fabolous during his time onstage. His wife, Beyoncé, also joined him for a special performance of his hit "Holy Grail."
Up-and-coming Canadian singer-songwriter Alessia Cara brought the house down with her soulful single "Here."
Producer and rapper Hit-Boy not only brought out alleged Drake ghostwriter Quentin Miller for "10 Bands" but also surprised audiences by debuting a new collaboration with A$AP Ferg.
Nick Jonas gave a small taste of his new sound by performing his latest single "Levels" at the Barclays Center.
French Montana joined Meek Mill during the latter's set and performed his song "Ain't Worried About Nothin'."
Kanye West protégé and recent Roc Nation signee Vic Mensa showed off his skills at the show.
T.I. and Young Dro joined forces on "Ain't About the Money."
Usher and Nas' collaboration "Chains" proved to be a powerful political statement within the glossy show.
Fabolous was joined by Jay Z during his set for a rendition of "Brooklyn."
Rocker Benjamin Booker gave a raucous performance during the Tidal X show.
Thomas Rhett performed his hit "Die a Happy Man" and represented country at the mostly hip-hop and pop-driven show.
Lil Wayne joined Jay Z for "Hello Brooklyn" before taking the stage on his own for "No Worries."
Meek Mill's set became a Maybach Music Group showcase when he brought on special guests Rick Ross, French Montana and DJ Khaled.
Nicki Minaj was joined by Beyoncé for a special performance of their collaboration "Feeling Myself."