Super Bowl XLVII: The highlights
Record-breaking plays, a blackout and a performance by Beyonce were just a few highlights from America's biggest sporting event.PT3M24S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2dubr 620 349 February 4, 2013
Beyonce Knowles is so far ahead of most of her pop peers who've played the Super Bowl half-time show, she got any controversy out of her system long before the gig – and then immediately proved all that lip-syncing-for-Obama stuff was no big deal by flawlessly belting out a couple of verses of Love on Top virtually a cappella as jets of fire erupted behind her.
There were no wardrobe malfunctions, no publicity-hungry guest stars making obscene finger gestures, not even a plug of a new song. So professional and classy is Knowles, she spent her slick 13-minute set stomping and strutting through her biggest hits, often while leading troupes of dancers through tightly choreographed routines.
Sure, there was no cameo from her husband Jay-Z during Crazy in Love (someone has to look after the baby, right?) but not even a guitar shooting fireworks from both ends could draw your eyes away from the main attraction for more than a few seconds anyway. One minute Knowles was writhing on the floor to the song's irresistible blend of pop and R&B, the next she was all but recreating its booty-shaking video on stage.
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Kelly Rowland, Beyonce Knowles, centre, and Michelle Williams perform during the Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show. Photo: Getty
She even briefly dispensed with dancers altogether for the pulsating dancehall of Baby Boy, instead grinding along to replicated images of herself on a screen behind her.
The show's only surprise – if that's the appropriate word, given Knowles's old crew Destiny's Child released their first tune in eight years mere days ago – occurred when first Kelly Rowland and then Michelle Williams popped out of the stage to their Bootylicious introductions ("Kelly, can you handle this?" etc).
Then, proving to have stood the test of time far better than Charlie's Angels, the film responsible for the song, Independent Women Part 1 showed the trio still trade lines and harmonies with the best of them.
Bowled over ... Beyonce. Photo: Getty
Rowland and Williams sweetly stuck around for and contributed to another display of female strength and unity, the usually solo Knowles hit Single Ladies, before making their elegant exits.
Knowles kept the crowd involved throughout ("put your hands together" the most popular exhortation) and even reached out to the front row for the closing Halo, where she again emphatically showed the presidential-inauguration doubters she's got the live-vocal skills to pay the bills.
Overall? A triumph.