Grammy-winning singer Beyoncé Knowles-Carter lived up to the hype at Super Bowl XLVII with a memorable halftime performance which included a few of her longtime friends taking center stage.
Bey ignited the New Orleans Superdome following music icon Madonna’s performance at last year’s Super Bowl game Sunday (February 3) night.
Her hit-filled, hair-flipping performance was a marvel of intensity, like a two-hour concert condensed into a few minutes. Every moment – from wrist flick to rock lick – was a marvel of intensity unmatched by any halftime show in recent memory. (And, yes, that includes Madonna in 2012 and Prince in 2007.) Fans raced across the floor before Beyoncé appeared, and thousands of blue finger flashlights lit up the stadium. (They were given to fans once inside the dome.) She stood center stage, in silhouette, before belting out a bit of “Love On Top” from 2011 album “4.” It segued into “Crazy in Love,” and the first glimpse of her black leather and long legs. She was joined, as always, by her female band and dancers, who enjoyed a nice bit of spotlight during “End of Time” and “Baby Boy.” (Houston Chronicle)
After performing a few of her solo hits, Knowles-Carter surprised fans with an unexpected Destiny’s Child reunion.
Her set began with “Love On Top” from her lastest album 4. She followed with “Crazy in Love,” “End of Time,” and “Baby Boy” before being joined on stage by Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland. The reunited Destiny’s Child trio sang “Bootylicious,” “Independent Women,” and “Single Ladies,” before leaving Queen B to reign supreme again. Beyonce then finished her show with “Halo.” (Entertainment Weekly)
The eye-catching set comes weeks after Bey caught backlash for lip-synching at President Barack Obama‘s Washington, D.C. inauguration.
Beyonce came into the Super Bowl with plenty to prove. After two decades in the limelight and more than thirty hit singles, that had to gall her, but she only had herself to blame. The lip-synched performance of the national anthem at the inauguration undermined the world’s confidence in her talent — confidence she’s spent years building. Beyonce was slow to admit she’d sung to a pre-recorded track, infuriating the many amateur moralists who’d appointed themselves the guardians of showbiz authenticity. Suddenly, people who’d never attended a Beyonce concert or played a Beyonce album felt entitled to dismiss the singer as a lesser light. (Star-Ledger)
A few days ago, the award-winning singer addressed the lip-synch controversy.
“I practice until my feet bleed and I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra. Due to no proper sound check, I did not feel comfortable taking a risk,” she told press. “It was about the president and the inauguration, and I wanted to make him and my country proud, so I decided to sing along with my pre-recorded track, which is very common in the music industry. And I’m very proud of my performance.” (The Independent)
Check out Beyoncé’s Super Bowl XLVII performance: