Less than two weeks after her controversial rendition of the national anthem at President Obama’s inaugural ceremony, Beyonce returned to the national spotlight on Sunday evening at New Orleans’ Superdome for a mammoth Super Bowl halftime show. The pop star unleashed a medley of her best tunes – including older hits, such as “Crazy in Love” (sans her husband, Jay-Z), “Halo” and “Baby Boy,” and more recent cuts like “Love on Top” and “End of Time” – decked out in an oversized black jacket, lace-and-leather bodysuit and thigh-high stockings.
Seemingly invigorated by criticism of her “Star-Spangled Banner” performance, Beyonce flaunted her supreme vocal and dancing chops throughout the show. Backed by an all-female band, including a guitarist with a fireworks-spewing guitar, she appeared mid-field as an audio snippet of legendary football coach Vince Lombardi blared overhead. She opened with a tease of “Love on Top” before launching into her first solo single, “Crazy in Love,” as a crew of backing dancers stomped and shimmied in unison. Next came a sultry, horn-inflected “End of Time,” from her most recent album, 4, after which Beyonce stood before an electronic screen depicting multiple images of herself as she got sassy to “Baby Boy.”
The spotlight may have been on Beyonce, but her set’s biggest moment came when the singer reunited with her fellow Destiny’s Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams (the trio recently released their first single in nearly a decade, “Nuclear”). Rowland and Williams popped out onto the gargantuan stage – constructed to resemble two Beyonce faces gazing at one another – and launched into a rendition of their backside-glorifying anthem “Bootylicious” before cranking up the energy even higher with a take on “Independent Woman: Part 1,” …
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