Solange pays tribute to Kelly Rowland during Sydney Opera House concert… as the singer watches from the audience | Mail Online Australia

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Solange Knowles brought down the house when she took to the Syndey Opera House stage on Friday night.

And the talented songstress made sure to thank one of her most supportive fans – her cousin and former Destiny’s Child star, Kelly Rowland.

She told the crowd: ‘The first time I came here [to Sydney] was when I was 13, I used to be a background dancer for Destiny’s Child.’

‘Shout out to my sister Kelly, who’s somewhere in the building,’ she continued.

‘Kelly is super special, because when I was 15, and I would tell anyone that would listen, “I wrote this song!” And they’d be like, “Little girl, go do your homework.” Kelly actually listened to my songs,’ Solange told the crowd.

‘The very first songs that I ever wrote professionally were on Kelly’s first album, Simply Be, so shout out to Kelly for nurturing me.’

The proud popstar joined the love-in on social media, sharing videos from her seated row to her legion of more than 7 million Instagram followers.

Kelly, 37, shared a smiling selfie, exclaiming: ‘When SiSi plays the Opera House! Woo.’

Taking a scan of the venue while Solange belted out her hits, Kelly could be heard saying: ‘This row is jammin!’

Keeping their family ties strong, both talented singers recently appeared on stage with Solange’s sister, Beyonce, for her performance at Coachella Music and Arts Festival in April.

Kelly, along with Destiny’s Child bandmate Michelle Williams, joined Beyonce on stage for an energetic rendition of their greatest hits, to mark the trio’s 20th anniversary.

It was the first time the iconic threesome had persormed together on stage since the 2015 Stellar Awards, and prior to that, the 2013 Super Bowl halftime show.

Meanwhile, Solange joined her sister Beyonce on stage, dancing alongside the Crazy In Love hitmaker and enjoying the atmosphere.

Kelly recently shared her admiration for Solange’s hard work ethic, revealing she is ‘inspired’ by the singer to The Daily Telegraph on Friday.

The Voice Australia judge branded Beyonce’s younger sister, 31, as ‘authentic’ and explained her pride in watching the songstress ‘evolve as an artist’.

Speaking on the emotive performances, the Commander belter said: ‘Her shows, and the things she says [in her music] makes me cry.

Solange returned to the music scene in 2016 with her chart-topping album A Seat at the Table, following a four-year hiatus.

The Destiny’s Child star detailed her thoughts on the Rise singer’s break: ‘I’m inspired by her because she took the time to get it right for herself and, in doing so, she got it right for the fans.’

Solange added: ‘Her actions, in taking that time off, said: “I’m being authentic, I’m telling you every story, and giving you the very best of me.”‘

Kelly’s comments came ahead of Solange’s performances at the 2018 Vivid Live festival.