Beyonce Rocks the Super Bowl with Destiny’s Child

NEW ORLEANS (CNN) — By the time the clock ran out on Beyonce’s Super Bowl halftime performance on Sunday, the singer had put to rest doubts that she would give it her all.

The 31-year-old had been at the center of controversy leading up to her anticipated game day show thanks to her decision to use a recorded track when she performed at President Barack Obama’s inauguration in January.

That left some questioning whether she’d do the same in New Orleans on Sunday, but Beyonce clarified that she would “absolutely” sing live during the game, something that seemed evident as she soared through a decade-plus of hits.

beyonceAs the drumbeat to her single “Countdown” played in the background, an actual fan-made countdown sponsored by Pepsi ticked off the final seconds to her halftime set.

Perhaps in a nod to her noted perfectionism, viewers heard that “Excellence must be pursued, it must be wooed, with all of one’s might and every bit of effort that we have” as Beyonce emerged atop a platform to take the stage.

She began her show solo, kicking things off with an a cappella version of her single “Love on Top.”

Clad in above-the-knee black stiletto boots and a leather minidress, the 31-year-old strutted to the tune of “Crazy in Love,” stripping down to little more than a leotard as she performed the familiar dance moves.

Unfortunately for Jay-Z fans, the singer’s husband didn’t accompany her to perform his rap verse on the song.

But, as expected, Beyonce did host a Destiny’s Child reunion on the Super Bowl stage.

After performing the high-energy songs “End of Time” and “Baby Boy,” the latter of which got special effects treatment, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams popped onto the stage to join their former groupmate.

Following a few vocal runs of “Bootylicious,” the trio segued into “Independent Women, Pt. 1,” the popular single that was also highlighted on the soundtrack of 2000′s “Charlie’s Angels” movie.

The reunited Destiny’s Child paid homage by pausing to replicate the iconic silhouetted pose before swinging into “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).”

Beyonce released that song as a solo artist, but Rowland and Williams joined in on Sunday’s show.

Beyonce took back the reins from there, closing out with a performance of “Halo.”

“Everybody, I want to feel your energy,” Beyonce said as she asked fans to keep waving their hands in the air, many of whom were equipped with blue lights.

It was a swiftly paced 12-minute show.

Beyonce told press ahead of the show that she recognized how big of an opportunity she had with the Super Bowl halftime gig but that she felt ready.

“I’m trying to learn to live every moment, because these moments are not promised to us,” she said. “I’ve had a 16-year career, and all of the things that I’ve done have prepared me for this. … I’m ready.”

11 comments

  • Sunny Crockit

    First she gets to sing at the (Sorry, Lip Sync) Presidential gig for Obama, then admits she didn't sing it live. Now she's at the Super Bowl! Give me a break! Then she and her Destiny's Child has been get up there with her to sing the same old crap we all have heard 15,000 times already. And by the way, they still HATE each other, they only did it for the money. Who picks these old washed up hags to perform? Can we get something new? And please not Black…I would have rather seen the LolliPop Kids from The Wizard of Oz than that trash!

    • DEE

      PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!STOP BEING A EGOTISTICAL A** SHW WAS BLOD ENOUGH TO ADMIT SHE SUNG OVER A TRACK AND SHE STILL SUNG LIVE AT THE VERY END OF THAT PERFORMANCE, THEN SHE WENT AHEAD AND SUNG LIVE!!!! AT THE PRE SUPERBOWL PRESS CONFERENCE. WASHED UP NO…SO PLEASE STO HATING, AND BLACK YOU’LL ALWAYS SEE BECAUSE WE ALL HAVE GREAT TALENTS. THANKS FOR HATING THOUGH IT ONLY MAKES OUR RACE STRONGER. :-) SMILE GOD LOVES YOU

  • Sunny Crockit

    Well DEE, I guess I was correct. Nobody has even made a comment about this news, like I said, she is married to one of the most ugliest Rap Thugs in the business. Do you really think she loves J Z? NO, she did it because she knew her so called singing career was headed for the toilet.

  • PegLeg

    Another boring halftime. All she did was gyrate around grabbing herself, not attractive. She barely sang any words. The backups could have carried the show for one-third the money. Super Bowl halftime shows are a waste of time.

  • mark

    wonder why she didn't sport her godgiven beehive poofy big ole afro?..is she ashamed of her big ole afro?…LMAO….was she born with blonde hair?…was her baby born with blonde white girl wannabe hair?….LMFAO!…..oh she pretty,,,yeh,,,i've seen white girls at the 7-11 store that are better lookin than her!…..they just say she's beautiful,because most all negro females look like sheboons!….oh,she is beautiful compared to all the other sheboon negro gals!…..LOL….AND U KNOW I'M RIGHT!

    • Sunny Crockit

      So true Mark, also she has very long legs. Too long and thick. Just one of her thighs is the size of a Tree Trunk. Just google "Bigfoot Sasquatch" in the Images tab and you will see what I am talking about.

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