The Super Bowl XLVII halftime show was an outstanding visual and musical spectacle that should silence any criticism of superstar singer Beyonce Knowles using a backtrack.
Beyonce came under fire for doing just that during a national anthem performance at President Barack Obama's inauguration. To put any doubts to rest as to how incredible she is, Beyonce opened her press conference in New Orleans by singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" a cappella.
That by itself should have made the haters drink the Kool-Aid, but if there were any detractors remaining, they are certainly silly to still dismiss Beyonce's unique abilities on stage after this showing.
Beats By Dre's official Twitter page captured the 31-year-old performing dynamo in action:
Beats By Dre @beatsbydre
#BeatsArmy, we're crazy in love with @Beyonce. #halftimeshow http://t.co/KysbscrC2/4/2013, 1:28:39 AM
In a relatively lopsided game between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers, it's worth appreciating the arts for the moment in taking a look at this roughly 15-minute show:
The performance featured a reunion involving Beyonce and her two former collaborators from Destiny's Child. It was a mixture of songs and medleys of various hits by Beyonce, which was kicked off with an outstanding rendition of the hit, "Crazy in Love."
Thereafter, the pop power trio teamed up to sing the throwback smash, "Bootylicious" and then, "Independent Women."
Suddenly, the group broke out into "Singles Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" despite that tune being one of Beyonce's own.
Particularly notable, though, was Beyonce's display of vocal prowess on her song "Halo," which had her kneeling on the ground in front of tons of ecstatic fans while still maintaining outstanding vocal tone and poise.
Overall, it was an outstanding array of controlled dynamics, numerous vocal runs and slides all while being extremely mobile and interactive with the audience. Beyonce strutted her stuff in front of hundreds of millions of people.
New Orleans' Mercedes-Benz Superdome was electrified by a dark, eye-popping light show, and ironically preceded the power outage. It occurred not long after Jacoby Jones' record-setting, 109-yard kickoff return to put the Ravens on top 28-6 in the third quarter.
In fact, the term "Bring Beyonce" was trending on Twitter during the game's delay, clamoring for Beyonce to come back on stage. Then, the hashtag "#BlameBeyonce" implied that it was her performance that caused the surge.
Neil Patrick Harris was blown away by the show, and felt compelled to share his thoughts on Twitter about the matter:
Neil Patrick Harris @ActuallyNPH
Man, Beyonce’s show was powerful…2/4/2013, 1:57:02 AM
That wouldn't be happening if the performance weren't spectacular. There should be no inquiries into whether Beyonce still has it, because she undoubtedly does.
The combination of Beyonce's skills, the nostalgia invoked by the Destiny's Child appearance, a slick band and outstanding choreography by a large cast of dancers made this show particularly memorable.
It is likely to go down as one of the best halftime shows ever in the Super Bowl—and an easy reference point for those who don't seem to believe in Beyonce's talent.