With a little help from her friends Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, Beyonce delivered America and the entire football-watching audience the world over to a destiny, to infinity and beyond last night during the big Super Bowl showdown between the Ravens and the 49ers. And not only is her BeyHive buzzing over Mrs. Carter‘s big performance â€” and subsequent reunion with Destiny’s Child â€” the Internet at large is also gushing with their own reactions and dissections.
Head below to check up on what exactly the critics are saying about Bey’s bootylicous Super Bowl extravaganza!
:: The Huffington Post kicks things off for us: “For some, Beyonce’s Super Bowl halftime show was to be the Big Game’s finest moment. But for all who tuned in to see the singer perform, it’s clear she brought her A game.”
:: Forbes jokingly (?) suggests Bey’s display blew out the power at the Superdome: “It was so electrifying that the lights went out after the halftime show… It was a high-energy, super-charged performance, which left the stadium without lights.”
:: MTV ponders whether or not it was Beyonce who won the Super Bowl: “After opening with a chill-inducing performance of ‘Love On Top’ and a jaw-dropping reunion with Destiny’s Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, the crowd â€” and the Internet â€” went into an all-out frenzy, as Super Bowl XLVII quickly became dubbed ‘BeyoncÃ© Bowl’.”
:: Rolling Stone singles out the DC reunion as a highlight: “The spotlight may have been on BeyoncÃ©, 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”).
:: NPR feels Queen B’s performance ranks as the best of the best: “If naysayers still doubted Beyonce’s singing talents â€” even after her national anthem performance last week at a press conference â€” the singer proved she is an exceptional performer at the Super Bowl halftime show. Beyonce opened and closed her set Sunday belting out songs, and in between, she danced hard and heavy â€” and better than most contemporary pop stars.”
:: The Guardian references Bey’s recent lip sync scandal in its write-up: “Live or live ‘singing along with the prerecorded track’, it didn’t matter to the millions of us who weren’t actually there but were watching the kaleidoscopic morphing of shots ‘live’ on TV. In fact the special effects â€” Beyonce and her dancers performed on top of a stage or in front of a screen both of which became huge video screens filled with technological fireworks â€” made the show hugely entertaining. What it lacked in spontaneity it made up for in pizazz.”
:: Said scandal doesn’t seem to matter to Yahoo, though: “As hard as America tried to tear her down in the aftermath of her singing the National Anthem along to a pre-recorded track at the Presidential Inauguration, Beyonce proved during her halftime performance at Super Bowl XLVII that she is a performer who knows how to deliver the goods.”
::Â SPIN not only agrees to leave the lip sync drama behind, it is thrilled at the power outage following Bey’s performance: “You’re forgiven forever, Beyonce. In a thrillingly choreographed, LED-enhanced Super Bowl 2013 halftime spectacular, consummate show-woman Beyonce literally â€” yes, literally â€” shut New Orleans’ Mercedes-Benz Superdome down.”
:: Finally, we’ll end with our very own contributor Pop Trash Addicts‘ assessment: “I know I get carried away when it comes to my Queen, but I was crying and shaking like a stroke victim during the diva’s 13 minute master-class in performance art… From beginning to end, the show was immaculate. I loved how there was just enough production to keep it visual without drowning the diva in unnecessary special effects and she tore up the stage like an athlete. All that dancing, wig-whipping and pussy-popping would put most artists in a coma, but Beyonce did it all in heels without missing a note. None of us are worthy!”