Beyonce Super Bowl Halftime Show: Star Shines in All-Time Great Performance

Stephen Sheehan@@StephenPSheehanCorrespondent IFebruary 3, 2013

Beyonce rocked the halftime show like few others.
Beyonce rocked the halftime show like few others.Harry How/Getty Images

Beyonce left the city of New Orleans and millions of viewers speechless with an all-time great Super Bowl halftime show

The R&B superstar put together a captivating performance complete with a surprise return of Destiny's Child. 

Safe to say, it was legendary. 

Although husband Jay-Z didn't make an on-stage appearance, he didn't have to. His wife rocked it. 

From her outfit to her soulful mastery of the mic to her tantalizing dancing, the 16-time Grammy winner rocked the stage and cemented herself as a Super Bowl halftime legend. 

While she spent far more time showing off her dance skills than rocking the mic, there were few complaints, even from the notoriously critical Skip Bayless.

Can we just call off the rest of the game and get Beyonce back out there?

— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) February 4, 2013

During the seemingly timeless show, Beyonce treated the packed crowd to classics like "Love on Top," "Crazy in Love," "End of Time" and "Baby Boy." As if those weren't enough, she pulled the ultimate shocker by rolling out former Destiny's Child partners Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland. 

The '90s trio had the audience enchanted with their renditions of "Bootylicious" and "Independent Woman." 

However, the trio took it to another level with "Single Ladies." 

Before it was all over, Beyonce treated the crowd to a scintillating performance of "Halo." From start to finish, she was totally in control, reeling in the audience with her mixture of solo and group performances. 

Oh, she just gave birth less than a month ago. 

By the time it was over, there was no doubt she brought her A-game. And for a star who could retire and still be a living legend, this performance put it over the top. 

U2's 2001 performance still ranks at the top for me, but it's hard to not consider Beyonce's among the all-time greats. While musically she didn't meet U2's standard and she didn't leave us with any extra skin like Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake in 2004, her performance was a perfect mix of class and entertainment. 

After drawing criticism for lip-synching the National Anthem at President Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony, she silenced the doubters. 

Sunday night, she wrote her name into Super Bowl halftime history.