Beyoncé undoubtedly stole the half-time show from fellow performers Bruno Mars and Coldplay in front of an estimated television audience of 100 million people at the 50th Super Bowl, which took place on 7 January.
Bruno Mars exhilarated the crowd with a performance of 2015’s biggest selling single ‘Uptown Funk’ whilst Coldplay performed some of their most recognised songs, including ‘Paradise’ and ‘Viva La Vida’. However it was Beyoncé, with her fierce skintight leathers and military style outfit with what seemed like fake bullets, who lit up the stage.
On 6 January Beyoncé promptly released her new single ‘Formation’, a powerful and politically charged affirmation of black female pride set in New Orleans. Her performance of ‘Formation’ injected some drama and compassion in to the show after the routinely predictable execution of Bruno Mars’ and Coldplay’s performances.
The new song includes the lyrics “My daddy Alabama, Momma Louisiana / You mix that negro with that Creole make a Texas bamma / I like my baby hair, with baby hair and afros / I like my negro nose with Jackson 5 nostrils”, which are surely some of the most political ever to be performed at the half time show.
Beyoncé was surrounded by a group of immaculately choreographed female dancers who were dressed in black berets and afro’s, reminiscent of the 1970’s revolutionary political party ‘The Black Panthers’. Twitter was on fire on Sunday, speculating whether she had a political axe to grind?
The only moment of weakness evident in Beyoncé’s performance came when the 34-year-old almost fell over amid eccentric dancing, however the graceful singer managed to keep her composure and maintained her balance.
After the artists had all performed separately the trio teamed up to sing a rendition of ‘Fix You’ and were accompanied by a montage of footage from previous half-time performances. Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and James Brown were amongst those remembered in clips.
Celebrities attended the Super Bowl in abundance and amongst the attendees were David Beckham and Justin Bieber, they both witnessed the Denver Bronco’s beat the Caroline Panthers 24-10 to claim their third Super Bowl title.
Towards the ending of the show the whole stadium held up a rainbow of cards, some spelling out the words ‘Believe in Love’.
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