Beyonce performs during the halftime show at Super Bowl XLVII. / Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports
A chorus of schoolchildren, an Academy Award winner, the longest national anthem in Super Bowl history and a chippy first half threatened to upstage Beyonce before she made her long-awaited halftime performance in New Orleans.
Is that all?
Beyonce reclaimed the throne with a magnetic halftime medley that was impossible not to love. It was a show your entire Super Bowl party could enjoy.
For the pop fans, a catalog of her greatest hits that included Crazy In Love, Halo and Single Ladies. For lovers of showmanship, there were 20-yard facial silhouette outlines, video doubles, light shows and 72,000 fans putting rings on it. For those who enjoy the female form, a sexy, one-piece leather dress with a middle opening that stretched down to the belly button and left little to the imagination.
The biggest compliment you can give to Beyonce's Pepsi-sponsored show? She was even more dominating at the Superdome than the Baltimore Ravens were in the first half.
The only problem was an issue of Beyonce's own creation. The absurd controversy surrounding her inauguration lip syncing performance turned Beyonce defensive and compelled her to sing live at halftime. (At least for most of it. The cameras were conspicuously zoomed out on tongue-twisting sequences.)
There's a reason artists lip sync when they're strutting around stage and gyrating with dozens of dancers. You can't sing when you're out of breath. Pavarotti didn't run wind sprints before performing Rigoletto.
Other foibles: Pepsi's pre-show product placement, a bland setlist (no "Countdown") and the Destiny's Child reunion for which one was clamoring. That wasn't enough to sink the set. It was at least the best Super Bowl halftime since Prince and perhaps the best since Aerosmith and Britney Spears in 2001.
Twitter agrees. Beyonce was a hit on social media. A contingent still says Madonna was better, but let's not forget she brought out a gaggle of forgettable guests including LMFAO and MIA.
But on the whole, it was a show that made the Madonna and The Who performances seem like relics of a past time. It all made me very thirsty for some sort of carbonated cola beverage. I just couldn't figure out which one.
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