Ciara Takes the Stage at Spotify and Hulu’s Cannes Kickoff Celebration

This week thousands have descended upon the French Riviera for the annual Cannes Lions Festival­ of Creativity. For our seventh year, we’re delighted for partners, artists, podcasters and influencers to join us in relevant conversations—and to celebrate all the creative potential that streaming has to offer. Monday evening Spotify and Hulu did just that, once again co-hosting a kickoff gathering to toast the best in storytelling, culture, and entertainment.

Spotify and Hulu are long-time partners committed to providing users with the best in sight and sound. We showcased this firsthand from the beautiful Villa Mirazur at a few kilometers away from the Croisette. Celebrities Kerry Washington, Wyclef Jean, Russell Wilson and Sophia Bush, (among others) joined Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, Spotify Chief Content Officer Dawn Ostroff, Hulu CEO Randy Freer and Hulu CMO Kelly Campbell for a night of connections, fine dining, and of course, music.

DJ, Author, and Founder of HBFIT Hannah Bronfman first took to the poolside stage with two high-energy sets.

Once the crowd was warmed up, Dawn and Kelly introduced the evening’s special guest: Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Ciara, who recently released her seventh studio album, Beauty Marks. She sang crowd favorites such as “Goodies,” “Level Up,” and “One Two, Step,” as well as “Thinkin Bout You,” off Beauty Marks, plus a special rendition of Diana Ross’s “Upside Down.”

It was an evening to remember, and set a pitch-perfect tone for a week of collaboration and inspiration as we look ahead to what’s next.