Beyonce's Super Bowl 2013 halftime show in New Orleans February 3 is definitely the best of the shows in recent years for straight up performing. Most of the effects were based on lighting and programmed effects. But the most important part was Beyonce herself singing and dancing with fans tweeting #BeyonceBowl.
By contrast, Madonna's halftime show of 2012 focused on ornate costumes and a large cast for spectacle. After years of stirring up controversy the shock in 2012 was seeing Madonna as a queen of all things acceptable; as American as apple pie and football.
Her costume was a leather bodice with a flirty lace skirt. It didn't really cover her derriere completely, but it wasn't supposed to. Let's face it, she ought to work what her mama gave her. However, some of costuming is supposed to set off the main star. The sexy lace skirt worked in her favor, leaving people wanting to see more.
Yes, Beyonce led the show on a live mic throughout the show. She sang, yes, but she did not sing the entire time. At times she allowed background singers to sing while she talked and counted off. And obviously, she showed off her dancing skills to backup singers.
The reunion with Destiny's Child was a sight for sore eyes. They entered fabulously, shooting up from trap doors in the stage. The ladies have a great blend when they sing harmony together. The only unfortunate part was that one of the microphones was turned a bit too low as one of the Destiny's Child ladies broke out for a solo on Beyonce's "Single Ladies." In seeing them together, it's also obvious why Beyonce became the major star she is today.
Obviously, Queen Bee can sing. There was never any doubt about that. Her voice had a bit of extra growl in the Superbowl performance which might cause a little hoarseness in the next few days, but overall she nailed it. The frustrating part about her National Anthem escapade at Obama's inauguration was that there were so many excuses involved in it. It is neither forgiven nor forgotten.
The performance missed a top score because of the technical problems. Also, though it was a great show and very well performed, Madonna's slackliner of last year and a variety of special guests such as Nicki Minaj, Cee Lo Green, and MIA kicked it up to 5 stars.
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