If you happened to disregard this year’s halftime show at Super Bowl 47, you missed one hell of a performance. Despite many unenthusiastic acts as of late, this year’s Super Bowl pulled out all the stops when Beyoncé commanded the stage and captured the world’s attention. From start to finish, Beyoncé owned the show. Some may have even preferred seeing more of the bootylicious diva than watch the rest of the Super Bowl.
Under a shadow, with a light outlining her body, Mrs. Jay-Z made damn sure that it was her time. Regardless of her lip-synced performance at Obama’s inauguration this January, Beyoncé silenced haters and dazzled the Superdome. Opening up with “Run The World (Girls)” and “Love On Top,” the crowd was immediately wooed by the vocal siren. Queen B then went into the first verse of “Crazy In Love” and fiercely strutted the stage like it was a catwalk.
Interestingly enough, one of the best parts of the show was the stage itself. Composed of an outline of two women’s faces, when the crowd rushed to the main stage, they filled each face. As the camera panned over the stage, the faces were alive with hands, dancing with lights. It was a much more artistic approach compared to when The Black Eyed Peas performed at Super Bowl 45.
Beyoncé followed up with “End of Time” with a nice instrumental/dance breakdown and transitioned to “Baby Boy” with Sean Paul’s voice lending a hand. This section of the performance had amazing production value. There was literally an army of Beyoncés on stage and we were all powerless to stop her. Displaying the full awesome that she beholds, Beyoncé locked eyes with the audience as she grooved flawlessly to the beats of the music.
Nothing could top this night, right? Wrong my friends, the biggest surprise occurred to much delight. Though it seemed to be known to few, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams popped out of the stage floor and the super group went in to full Destiny’s Child mode beginning with “Bootylicious” and then “Independent Women Part 1.” This reunion sparked waves of cheers and almost broke the Internet. It was over. The 49ers should have packed up and left, nothing could top this.
The crowd was delirious with nostalgia as the domineering divas worked it as if no time had passed. To close out their part of the performance, Rowland and Williams joined in singing Beyoncé’s widely successful hit “Single Ladies.” As two-thirds of Destiny’s Child walked off, Beyoncé went into the closing number, “Halo,” leaving the Super Bowl audience, New Orleans, and everyone watching on cloud nine.
In my opinion, it was one of the better halftime shows at a Super Bowl in quite a while. The dance routines were spectacular, the physical stage was incredible, her video work with incorporated dance numbers were outstanding. It’s not the first time we’ve seen Beyoncé at this caliber of performance, but it was one of the greatest. Compared to the lackluster, M.I.A. bird flipping performance of Madonna last year, this one wins by a mile.
Check out some of the best photos captured from the Beyoncé’s halftime performance below (click to enlarge the images):
Images courtesy of Buzz Feed