Watch: Beyonce reuniteDestiny’s Child/rule theworld at Super Bowl
Mon 4th Feb, 2013 in International News
In a spectacular half-time performance that will be blazed into America’s collective consciousness for much longer than Beyonce-gate (or Nipple-gate for that matter) the singer performed a 12-minute career-spanning medley which included ‘Crazy In Love’, ‘Love On Top’ and set closer ‘Halo.’
There was pyrotechnics, 150 back-up dancers and epic hair-flicks aplenty throughout the highly anticipated performance, but it was the arrival of B’s ex-bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams that had the 75,000 strong crowd (and estimated 100 million at-home viewers) jumping out their seats. While the reunion had been strongly rumoured in the weeks preceding the Superbowl, it wasn’t officially confirmed until Rowland and Williams literally sprung up from below the stage to the opening strains of ‘Bootylicious’.
Dressed in matching leather outfits the trio treated the crowd to a few seconds of ‘ Independent Women’ which quickly segued into ‘Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)’ with Rowland’s and William’s vocals barely audible compared to Beyonce’s.
In addition to being Destiny Child’s first performance since 2007, the Super Bowl concert was Beyonce’s first live show since she “offended America” by lip-syncing the US national anthem at President Obama’s inauguration. The singer addressed the allegations at a press conference on Thursday, admitting to using a backing tape. “Due to no proper sound check, I did not feel comfortable taking a risk,” she told journalists, “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.”
While the official viewer numbers for the halftime performance are not yet available, Beyonce’s show is already estimated to have broken the record set by Madonna’s half-time show last year, when 114 million viewers tuned in.
Watch Beyonce’s full Superbowl performance below, and then cast your mind back to that time the AFL reportedly paid Meatloaf half a million to sing five songs, out of key on a platform at the MCG.