If the rumors are true about a failing marriage, Beyonce and Jay-Z deserve an Academy Award for their performance, because there was no sign of trouble in paradise on Sunday night as they took the stage at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The power couple opened the show with mega-hit "'03 Bonnie & Clyde" to a nearly sold-out crowd in the tens of thousands and quickly eased into "Upgrade U" and "Crazy in Love" without stopping for a moment.
On the Run is not a co-headlining tour: this was Queen B and Jay-Z sharing a stage, supporting one another through a mix tape maze of some of music's hottest hits over the past decade. The Superdome essentially turned into the world's largest club, and the energy remained high throughout the majority of the impressive 42-song set list.
Beyonce and Jay-Z have always been one of America's favorite couples, and it was in the tender moments of the show that were reminders of why. As they finished their recent smash "Drunk in Love," Jay-Z put his arm around his lady and kissed her neck. Throughout the show their chemistry was evident, and when Beyonce wasn't filling in for Justin Timberlake on "Holy Grail," she was dancing right along to her husband rapping.
For a couple that prides themselves on innovation and the element of surprise, their show was exactly what you'd expect: the unexpected. From pyrotechnics and wild choreography to state-of-the-art video screens, it was a visual experience as much as a musical one. Before things got underway, the middle screen had "This is not real life" displayed, and it's open to interpretation whether it was referring to the wild west storyline that followed or the fact that they were playing for a crowd of such large proportions.