Written by FrontPage Detroit
by Amber L. Bogins
Beyoncé lit up the stage for Super Bowl XLVII’s halftime show—literally. Television viewers probably had the best view of the intricacies of the stage. The opening shot showed the stage set flame to mirror profiles of Bey’s face and silhouette. The R & B/Pop Diva showed up and showed out like only she can, opening the show with her hit “Love of Top” and performing a medley of her greatest solo hits. It was a great time travel experience for Beyoncé fans. For all the hype surrounding her ability to sing live and her proclamation that she would be singing live, she honestly didn’t sing that much. Saving her vocals for ad libs and hyping the crowd, Beyoncé did what she does best—a series of choreographed poses.
The big “not surprise” was the Destiny’s Child reunion. Kelly and Michelle were launched from below the stage to the opening of “Booty-licious”. No doubt their presence signals the start of the marketing campaign for the new DC3 album to be released later this year. Kelly and Michelle looked great onstage, unfortunately the sound guy neglected to turn their mics up leaving them to look like Beyoncé’s backup singers instead of her band mates.
At some point the pyrotechnics got out of hand. The stage was on fire, the bass player’s guitar was on fire. And Beyoncé was swinging her hair around as if accidents can’t happen on Pepsi’s watch. However, the threat of catching fire was not enough to stop Bey from rocking out. That is what audience members have come to expect from a Beyoncé performance. She is fearless, strutting in her stilettoes and leotard, growling with intensity, sticking every movement with pinpoint accuracy. Whether she lip-synched or sang live (my guess is a little bit of both due to all the bouncing and bending she did), she had a great, professional, scandal free show.
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