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Super Bowl Halftime Show 2013: Beyonce's Performance More Than Lived Up to Hype

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 03:  Kelly Rowland, Beyonce Knowles and Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child perform during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
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Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 4, 2013

Beyonce brought the house down with her halftime performance at Super Bowl XLVII.

There was maybe some doubt as to whether the female singer was a good selection compared to the aging rockers/pop stars who had littered the most recent Super Bowl halftime shows.

Those bands were a much more sure thing than somebody like Beyonce. With the Janet Jackson "wardrobe malfunction," the NFL has tried to eliminate any chance of creating controversy.

Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney are all legendary musicians, without a doubt. Having Beyonce is a necessary change of pace for the league, though. The league needs to cater to the audience that might not like rock and roll, and that's what Beyonce can do.

Even the most ardent Beyonce critic has to admit that she put on one heck of a show. Her sister, Solange Knowles, summed it up perfectly on Twitter:

Beyonce absolutely brought it tonight. She was the complete package. Her singing and dancing were phenomenal, and the pageantry of the special effects were incredible.

The visuals that were produced on the stage were eye-popping, whether it was the crazy designs on the floor or the Beyonce clones continuously replicating while the singer was dancing.

As a whole, the garish, ostentatious performance was everything that could have been expected.

It certainly had the possibility of flopping. Madonna had a very extravagant halftime show last year, and it wasn't all that good.

No matter your opinion of music today, you have to admit that Beyonce is one of the most talented singers in the business today. She would be successful in any era, since she doesn't have to rely on technological advancements in order to sell albums.

In a way, she is much like Diana Ross in that she started out as the centerpiece of a highly successful group, only to then branch out on a wildly successful solo career.

As if Beyonce alone wasn't good enough, there was that Destiny's Child reunion.

It was both a nostalgia act for those who listened to their biggest hits in the '90s and 2000s. The performance also opened them up to a younger audience who either wasn't alive or wasn't aware when the group was around.

Some might be bemoaning the absence of Beyonce's husband, Jay-Z. Not having him in the performance, though, was a good thing.

The halftime show was a showcase of Beyonce and Destiny's Child. Having Jay-Z there would have taken some of the spotlight away from someone who has been one of the defining female performers of her era.

Forget about what Colin Kaepernick, Jacoby Jones and Joe Flacco did on the field. Beyonce is the MVP of Super Bowl XLVII.

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