On Thursday, Beyonce kicked off her pre-Super Bowl press conference with a polite request: “Would you guys mind standing?” But at the start of her Super Bowl XLVII halftime performance on Sunday (February 3), she cued fireworks and flames. Her Destiny’s Child co-conspirators Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams teleported to the stage like Power Rangers being called to action, only to be shooed away toward the end of “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It).”
Beyonce strutted and swung her hips and cast out one smoldering gaze after another through a string of greatest hits — “Crazy in Love,” “End of Time,” “Halo” — and re-established that she was born to do this sort of thing.
In the days leading up to the Super Bowl, thanks to a rehearsals clip and yes, Michelle Williams, the press (us included) thought it learned just about every detail of Beyonce’s halftime performance. Still, Bey shocked with a few other, Superdome-ready tricks. Her personal Slash was armed with a sparking guitar. An overhead view revealed that her stage was actually screen itself, broadcasting a kaleidoscope dream entirely made of hair-whipping Beyonces. And, despite all the anticipation, it was difficult to feel prepared for that jelly as Beyonce, Kelly and Michelle joined forces for “Bootylicious” and “Independent Woman.” Surprise: As a group, they’ve still got it.
Then came this shocker: Just a few minutes after Beyonce closed her halftime show with “Halo,” the Superdome lost power. For a moment, it felt entirely possible that Mrs. Carter was the cause.