Fug the Halftime Show: Beyonce at Super Bowl XLVII


It was entertaining to look at, I guess, but I feel like… with the exception of “Single Ladies,” when you see Beyonce live, are you really there to watch a bunch of dancing? Or do you want to hear her show off that she’s the best singer on the planet? Obviously this means I’m getting old, but for me the repetitive, seen-it-before choreography and occasional live singing over a backing track feels like stuff you do when you need to a) make sure your voice survives a two-hour-plus concert, or b) distract people from the fact that your pipes aren’t that strong. Neither applies here. And especially for all the defensiveness on the subject, I just wish she’d gone with less prancing and instead laid down a major, unforgettable, thorough schooling in How Live Singing Is Done, Fools. Because: YOU ARE BEYONCE, and you CAN.

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  1. Lizzy
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    “BEYONKERS.” As in, ‘the whole show was…

  2. GVB
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    I completely agree! I wanted to hear her sing! It was frustrating.

    And she tries to be all wholesome America, singing at the inauguration, yet her performance was basically a burlesque show. I wouldn’t have wanted to be in the up-close crowd having her crotch thrusting at me so fiercely.
    Made me miss Madonna who makes no bones about trying to provoke and be edgy and sexual. And Prince did the fireworks guitar spectacle so much better! Beyonce’s performance was a mixed message at best.

    • bex
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      so……..if you want to sing at the inauguration, you are never allowed to be sexy, ever again? not even at the super bowl? i’m sorry, WHAT?

    • Nikole
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      Madonna lip synced through half of her performance. Who does cart wheels while singing live and you don’t hear they’re breath catch.. come on ppl!If you have ever watched any of her concerts you will realise she does sing and dance and she has segments where it’s mostly dancing and she also show off her band.
      She had 12 minutes to perform and that’s how she chose to do it.

      You want to hear her sing go watch this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i41qWJ6QjPI

      • GFY Heather
        +1

        I reserve the right to think that if you have 12 minutes, and you want to do less singing than showmanship, it should at least be GOOD showmanship. Madonna’s was HILARIOUS, at least, and larger than life. Beyonce’s moves were average.

        • laura
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          Agreed! I was totally disappointed!

        • TonyG
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          Honorable GFY Heather:

          The defense for Beyonce would like to proffer this opinion to be considered by Fug Nation.

          WHEREAS Madonna’s Super-Bowl half-time show was showy at the expense of NO (as in zilch) real singing, with some of her lip-synching being particularly horrendous;

          WHEREAS nearly a third to a half of Madonna’s Super-bowl set featured, not Madonna, but her four guests, LFMAO, Nicki Minaj, MIA and CeeLo Green;

          WHEREAS during Madonna’s Super Bowl performance, her dancing (meaning Madonna’s, not her back-up dancers) was uninspiring with moves reminiscent grade school calisthenics and cheer-leading;

          WHEREAS Beyonce did sing lead vocals in each of her songs, and when so doing, did so without a lead vocal backing track;

          WHEREAS there were interludes of dancing during which there was no lead voice, for the purpose of being clear, such interludes should not detract from the fact that when there was a lead voice, Beyonce sang such lead voice with no vocal enhancement;

          WHEREAS, we stipulate that Beyonce’s choreography incorporated moves heretofore seen prior to February 3, 2013, performing such high-octane choreography is very difficult and Beyonce mastered that difficulty, executing high-speed moves with precision;

          WHEREAS, there were points where Kelly Rowland projected and was heard as well as Beyonce in Bootylicious; and

          WHEREAS Michelle Williams just does not have a strong voice, and, never did.

          THEREFORE, BE IT KNOWN THAT:

          The mics of Michelle and Kelly were not turned down;

          Beyonce’s Super-Bowl performance was astoundingly executed, in both voice and dance; and

          Beyonce sang live and danced enthusiastically at her half-time Super Bowl show;

          Madonna’s “singing” and dancing at her half-time Super Bowl show was, as we say in Fug Nation, “meh”; and, hence

          Madonna’s Super-Bowl performance, just does not favorably compare to that of Beyonce’s.

          Respectfully submitted,
          TonyG, JD
          Lead attorney for The Defense

    • McLisa
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      AGREE!
      I thought the whole thing was hilarious! Marching around, thrusting her vag at the camera, hair flipping galore WTF? I thought she was a singer?

  3. Esme
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    Hated her makeup; I mean I guess it had to be extreme so the crowd could see her, but on TV, it looked godawful.

    • Rebecca
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      I agree. I was looking at these pics and thinking “Man, Bey is looking hard these days.” And I know she is not. I think a combination of the makeup and the hair color. It is not working here.

  4. Kristen
    +1

    I was underwhelmed. I wish she had sung more and for longer.
    I thought her eyes looked crazy and her legs look amazingly gorgeous.
    I am curious how you always say you’ve heard such nice things about her. I have heard such negative/diva-ish things through the grapevine. Regardless, she is beautiful and talented, but somehow I didn’t LOVE the halftime show as much as I thought I would.

  5. Mouse
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    I miss the days when female performers wore pants. When did they become verboten and the edict come down that female pop singers must only ever wear leotards?

    • Sarah
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      I thought the same. How sad is it that to keep attention during a halftime show you have to dress like a burlesque dancer and sex it up? Ewwww. Kinda overshadows the actual talent.

      • bex
        0

        she spends like, all day, every day working on those legs. she is proud of her body, you wanna shame her for showing it off?

        • Annie E
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          She’s pretty overdressed for burlesque, I think.

        • Orange Clouds
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          Oh I am totally in the shaming camp if showing off her legs means that I can almost see her vulva. It makes me lose any respect for her.

        • sophia
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          well even Madonna who’s known for her skimpy outfits and love for controversy covered her self last year…her outfits were appropriate for the event ..yet beyonce chooses that tacky lace underwear thingy ..so I guess it says a lot about her character.

        • Lindy
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          @Bex, YES, we do want to shame her for showing off her body the way she does. She’s gorgeous, but it’s just plain inappropriate for you and me to see this http://cdn03.cdn.gofugyourself.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/160617095_10.jpg

          You and I shouldn’t know her waxing habits and Beyonce should exercise a little more dignity.

      • Lindsay
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        As a burlesque dancer I can assure you that her costume was not burlesque specific, but was most likely burlesque-inpired. What’s wrong with showing a little sass? It’s not like she was wearing pasties and a g-string, and it’s most certainly not the first time she’s worn a leotard to perform in. The woman likes to show off her well-earned legs. And as I performer I can assure you that she performed the HELL out of that show. Her eyes were burning fire, it was amazing to watch. Singing and dancing like that is impossible so some filler vocals are going to happen. If she’d just sat there in a gown and sang, everyone would complain that the show was boring and they wished she’d done more dancing and worn a better outfit.
        Either way, haters gonna hate.

    • Pati
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      lol My words!

  6. Katie
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    Heather, you read my mind. I mean, she’s frickin’ Beyonce, she has an amazing voice, and especially after the whole lip-syncing debacle, wouldn’t you wanna show that voice off?

    On another note, why is it okay for her to go on stage, barely dressed, doing all sorts of sexually suggestive gestures, but on the other hand poor Joe Flacco (who’s soooo cute BTW) gets slammed for saying “f*cking awesome” – to his teammate, not even during an interview or something – after they’ve just won the damn Super Bowl?!

  7. Cortney D
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    “This is like Beyonce dancing on a giant nipple whose areola was made of other Beyonces.” Gems like this is why I adore your blog.

  8. TaraMisu
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    Sad to say I missed half time…. so thanks for the pics. I am not a huge Bey fan but it looks like she did ok…. the costume was a little over the top but again, its Bey!!

  9. Lynne
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    Great. Now I’m going to be preoccupied over the possibility of a Beyonce led Xanadu remake. I’m going to be casting the damn thing all day. Because obviously her male lead has to be Hugh Jackman. Someone greenlight this thing already.

    • Gigi
      0

      Yes! Hugh Jackman. Heather’s Xanadu remake is a brilliant idea. Maybe Intern George can play the Gene Kelly role! I want to see him in roller skates and rainbow holograms.

  10. Miranda
    +1

    I’m not a Beyonce fan, but man if that wasn’t totally underwhelming. She basically walked around, made some grunting noises, writhed like an animal in heat, then whipped her weave around. Is that what people pay to see at her real concerts?

    The best part of haltime? My grandfather kept calling her Veronica. Hysterical.

    • susan
      0

      I LOVE Grandpa for that!

      • Jen S 2.0
        0

        I feel ya; my dad has more than once referred to Ludacris as “Ridiculous.”

    • deee
      0

      Thanks for the laugh. Your grandpa must be related to my grandma. She would totally do that. And then get huffy when you tried to tell her the right name.

    • tejasmom
      0

      My mother pronounces her name :Beeyoncee – which I think is really cute, since Mom is 86.
      At least she knew her name.

  11. Gigi
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    Confession: I thought the puppy bowl was better than the Superdome action. Agree with you: why not real, actual, belt-it-out singing? Especially with the crap she got after the Inauguration lip-synching and when she apologized afterward saying she was saving her voice (and when, let’s face it, Kelly Clarkson also sang live and killed it). Saving it for what, then?

  12. Carrie
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    I loved it because DEAR JESUS at least it wasn’t another old creaky white man rock band. Or the Black Eyed Peas.

    • GFY Heather
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      I will say this, though: I was at the Super Bowl when Bruce Springsteen played, and IT WAS AMAZING.

      • Corrine Engelgau
        0

        He’s the boss for a reason. LOVE SPRINGSTEEN.

        • Kristin
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          But at home, watching him on TV, I thought Springsteen came off very hammy. It’s so hard to perform to a huge crowd AND the cameras.

  13. gryt
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    She does work hard, I’ll give her that.

  14. Other Emily
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    I thought she looked pretty fierce and sang ok, but I agree I would have liked to hear her actually sing more. And poor Kelly and Michelle — their “reunion” was really just a chance for Bey to show how much more famous she is. Oh well. My 4 year old daughter was mesmerized and thought it was amazing.

    • ChristieLea
      0

      And, in classic Destiny’s Child fashion, poor Michelle had to be the most covered-up. Though in this case, that means she got to wear bottoms, so maybe she got lucky this time.

      • Kat
        0

        Ugh, I was so disgusted by that. I was so excited for an actual Destiny’s Child reunion, when really, it was just Beyonce inviting Kelly and Michelle to the Beyonce Show for about 4 minutes.

  15. Sandra
    0

    Willow Smith could’ve done this show: I Whip My Hair.

    snoooze.

  16. Annie
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    Agreed, too much aggressive strutting in unison and not enough singing. After hearing so much about how much she was practicing and that the reason she couldn’t sing live at the Inauguration was because of this performance I expected her to show her pipes a bit more. Add to that the over-the-top level of self admiration visible in the show and it was a big snore for me.

    Prince is still the high mark for me for halftime shows with Aerosmith/Britney a close second.

  17. Billie
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    Clearly this halftime show was aimed at men, because every guy was glued to the TV during her performance. When you are that narrow minded, of course they are only going to focus on leather bustiers and writhing choreography. Too bad, because she is such a talent, she could have showcased that along with her bangin’ bod, not chosen one over the other.

  18. AliceBlue
    0

    This looked like a Mannheim Steamroller concert with dominatrix strippers.

    • Corrine Engelgau
      0

      OH MY GOD. This made me laugh so hard I peed a little. Thank you!

  19. Ines
    0

    self adulation. i don’t like.
    and the costume is ridiculous. i thought that she could stand above this, well, apparently not.

  20. Kate Pearce
    0

    I would’ve liked her to slow down occasionally and just ‘sing’ because she actually can!

  21. Lizzie
    0

    And I am telling you . . . and I, and I am still loving Jennifer Hudson!

  22. blah
    0

    Wow, “best singer on the planet”? Standards have really declined, then. Don’t get me wrong, she is good, and WAY better than many who are multi-platinum pop stars, but I can think of 100 women who sing better.

    • GFY Heather
      0

      She’s ONE of them, though. Her voice is remarkable when she lets it fly.

      • Kristin
        0

        For a performer this dynamic, she’s an AMAZING singer. No one’s ever going to invite Madonna or Katy Perry to sing the National Anthem anywhere, least of all a presidential inauguration. And no one is ever going to attend an Adele or Mariah Carey show for the dancing.

  23. angie
    0

    I wish there was more singing and less jiggling.

    And I was just waiting for a Beyonce wardrobe malfunction. But I think her whole outfit was a malfunction.

  24. mj
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    I’m not sure what everyone’s beef is. Have you ever tried to dance like Beyonce did during that show? Now ADD singing to that. And still sound as good as she did? That’s what performers are supposed to do – give you a show, not just a song.

    And I’m a little surprised at the people who are dissing her outfit, too – yes, she showed her legs & a little booty, but certainly no more than she has in any other live performance, and she definitely was wearing more than the NFL Cheerleaders do during any regular season game…

    I’m not a super-fan defending the diva, just surprised at the reaction to a pretty standard performance.

    • Annie E
      0

      I am kind of thinking maybe half the people commenting about how revealing her outfit was are actually the same person just trolling.

    • Nikole
      0

      I agree with you. I’ve watched her other performances and I was left wanting more but other than that I saw nothing wrong with the show

    • JillSpill
      0

      I think what was meant is that in would be nice for her to slow down part of the show so that she can actually sing. And why not have Michelle and Kelly sing Bootylicious with her rather than that little tease and yet another Beyonce song?

    • Rebecca
      0

      mj, I think some of the issues with the singing is that she made a big deal about singing live at the Super Bowl and then she didn’t. I am perfectly fine with pre-recorded tracks in certain situations, and this is one of them. But I think that’s what a lot of people have an issue with, is why state you are singing live and then you don’t?

      As far as the costume goes, I didn’t think it was all that great, but it could have been worse IMO. At least she’s in great shape, so if nothing else, girls watching at home might strive to be a muscular woman who embraces her curves.

  25. ErinE
    0

    I loved it! Every minute of it. I loved it even more when I saw this photo of Beyonce and Jay-Z hugging right after – she looks so genuinely happy to be reunited with him! http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20670616,00.html

    They are my favorite celebrity couple (with Gwyneth and Chris Martin in a close second place – and the four of them are friends!)

  26. Jules
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    Didn’t she promise in her Superbowl press conference that she was going to sing live? Not a fan of the costume nor the pelvic thrust. As Rocky Horror warned, it’s really driving me insane. And yes, just SING already. The best halftime shows were Springsteen and Prince, who just played the shit out of their guitars (Prince in the pouring rain, even) and sang for real.

  27. bex
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    i’m like, really grossed out by the reactions to her costume. can we talk about how sexy and awesome it was that the band was all ladies? she is a role model that i want my kids to look up to one day because she was one of my best role models when i was a kiddie (yes, i am of fetal age).

    • Dazie
      0

      Mu husband commented several times on the female-centric entertainment. Jennifer Hudson, Alisha Keys, Beyonce and her band. It seemed the Superbowl folks were going for the wives and girlfriends demographic.

    • KO
      0

      You said it. I thought she was just awesome, and I loved the fact the band was all female! I had no idea people would have such a strong and negative reaction to her?! I thought she was fierce, and more power to her for rockin the stage the way she did. Loads more fun than watching The Who — and I’m someone who came from a time when the Who was big-time.

      BTW — if I looked as good as she does, I would work those outfits too. Sure wish someone could show me how to move like that in heels….

    • GFY Heather
      0

      Bex, I didn’t think it was a costume to be ashamed of; I just didn’t think it was super flattering.

  28. Heather Henderson
    0

    She looks amazing! Why not show off all that hard work! And she definitely has confidence if she’s willing to thrust her hips at the camera like one of those pictures above.

    http://www.hsquaredfashion.com/

  29. Caroline
    0

    I’m starting to think she has a large ego.

  30. Sarah
    +1

    Thank you!! I am so tired of reading all the praise and “best SuperBowl half time show evah” comments! I thought it was awful. I was bored and just wanted to hear her sing for more than 30 seconds at a time.

    And toward the end of her performance, she was starting to scare me with her crazy-eyed stare.

  31. Helen
    0

    Okay, it feels very very weird to invoke Britney Spears as a lesson in how to dress, but remember when she wore THIS to perform at the Superbowl halftime show?

    It’s cute, it’s sexy but not overbearingly so, and it’s carefully chosen for and suited to the sporty occasion. In my opinion, Beyoncé looks great in this, but for a night-time show in Vegas, not the Superbowl.

  32. remi
    0

    I swear first picture and some of the other facial expressions, if you had told me it was Tyra I might have believed.

    • glee
      0

      Yep – that’s what IT looked like to me. Or somebody from the Drag Race with a really good tuck.

    • Nimue
      0

      me too! I thought she looked more like Tyra than herself!

  33. Orange Clouds
    0

    Such a talented, beautiful woman but her outfit was stupid and the whole “Me! MEE! MEEEE! Look at MEEE supersized and on fire!!” just was so damn tiring. Am sure NASA can see her ego from outer space.

  34. Lynne
    0

    Oh Gigi, Intern George. Good idea! And the disembodied voices who play her god parents who decide whether or not she can stay on the earthly plane with the love of her life? I’m thinking Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin.

  35. Marisa
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    I thought she was perfect. I totally watch Beyonce for her amazing choreography. Also, all female band. ALL FEMALE BAND. Female drummer, female guitarists, female horn section. That was so f-ing cool. Also, I loved her outfit.

    • Annie
      0

      Prince was doing the all female band a long time ago..and they rocked!

  36. Corrine Engelgau
    0

    Man, people are super intense about Beyonce. I really had no idea. The lacing on her bodysuit looks like a doily, so I guess it’s too sexy if you’re super into grandmanatrix chic. But it’s really not outrageous, is it? I mean, no nip slips. Right? Seriously, I’m still trying to wrap my mind around how much people care about Beyonce. Weird.

  37. Bella
    0

    We switched to the puppy bowl. Much better than watching her s*x it up in everyone’s faces.

  38. Fifie
    0

    I loved the all female band. The shots of multiple Beyonces all dancing at once reminded me of the old June Taylor dancer routines on the Jackie Gleason show in the 60s.

  39. Sabrina
    0

    The thing is I could deal with all the backing track and all if it was good dancing, like Usher or someone. This dancing seem mainly posturing and a lot of frantic hairography, not so much actual interesting dancing (which Beyonce can actually do, so WTH?)

    • Jen S 2.0
      0

      HAAAAAAAA, “hairography.” I hope I have an excuse to use that someday.

      I am surprised at how many people wanted to hear her actually sing. In my opinion, she IS talented. She is absolutely gorgeous, she can dance like nobody’s business, she can entertain, she works hard to have that ridiculous body, she has an incredible work ethic in general, and she has a fantastic, carefully-chosen team around her.

      …that said, I think she sings JUUUUUUST well enough to make all of that work. She has many, many talents; it’s just that her actual voice is about 19th on the list.

      • misty eyed
        0

        THANK YOU. i think she’s a great performer, and you’re right: that girl ain’t afraid of some hard work. she’s lovely, fabulous body, doesn’t seem too crazy…but strong vocals, she ain’t packin. i’m sorry. i just can’t get with ‘she’s the best singer in the world’. honey. sweetie. sugar pie. NO.

      • GVB
        0

        Yes

        • GVB
          0

          Ooops! Didn’t mean Yes in opposition to your No, misty eyed; I meant Yes to Jen S 2.0 above.

  40. meggiemoo
    0

    I don’t have too much feeling one or another about her, but the sound production for the halftime show was terrible. I couldn’t hear the band at all (were they actually playing, or was that for show and she was singing to recorded tracks)? Destiny’s Child’s mikes were turned too low as well.

  41. CLM
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    Grandmanatrix chic, that’s awesome. The outfit was Bey personified — tacky, over-the-top, hype instead of substance. And fug. So dang fug.

    She’s the highest paid stripper on the planet. Don’t get me wrong – strippers can entertain. But let’s be honest about the quality of that display up there. No wonder she didn’t sing live at the inauguration…

  42. Erin
    0

    I loved it — sure the outfit was crazy and the make-up was a miss for me, but it looked like she spent five months on it. Would I have loved to hear her sing more? Sure. But comparatively speaking, this was so, so, SO much better than last year’s halftime.

    PS – My friend’s five-year-old said all of the multiple Bey visual effects were “creepy.” Made us all laugh.

  43. Annette
    0

    I actually enjoyed the half time show, and I’m not the biggest Bey (she really loves herself which ..good for her.. but definitely overdone a lot, like today)

    she looked pretty great, lots of flash, quick paced, and i actually really loved the all female show even if a lot of that was duplicate beyonce’s lol.

  44. Samantha
    0

    Her body is crazy. I couldn’t go over how different her nose looked, though–narrowed and pointy. Did she have another nose job or was that just contouring?

  45. kathotdog
    0

    What an amazing ode to Beyonce that she put on for herself.
    I am not a fan. She can sing and she can dance badly in high heels, and she is really pretty.
    But that was the most narcissitic display I have ever seen.

    • kathotdog
      0

      and by dance badly I mean, her coreography is horrible, but she is very successful at it.

  46. Merg
    0

    I was so disappointed, because by all rights a Destiny’s Child reunion should have been AMAZING. But they barely sang, and I hope some sound techs somewhere are getting yelled at because the mic situation was terrible.

  47. Sylvia
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    I was actually more entertained than I thought I would be. I DID go in with lowered expectations, so that may have helped.

    I thought it was a much larger version of her last Grammy performance with all of the technology and fake Beyonce’s. But truthfully, everything got better for me when I saw Kelly come out of the ground. I LOVE Destiny’s Child so much more than I love any of them solo. That’s tied more to my childhood than the solo members are. And honestly, Kelly is kind of my favorite. She was CERTAINLY the talk de jour amongst my heterosexual male friends on social media.

    She rarely sings live, and that’s fine. If you dance that much, you should have a pre-recorded track most of the time. But she made a big deal about doing it at the Superbowl. I was underwhelmed by the “Halo” performance, mostly because I can’t stand that song. I DO watch the video, on mute, because Michael Ealy is delicious and worth watching on mute.

    Overall, no one has outdone Prince’s halftime in my world, but I am unashamedly the biggest Prince Rogers Nelson fangirl I know. I’m just glad I wasn’t bored…and I want my new Destiny’s Child album that does NOT have songs like “Cater 2 U” on it. Please and thank you.

    • misty eyed
      0

      isn’t michael ealy such a soothing balm for a weary soul? yes lord jesus. think i’ll mosey over to youtube.

  48. C. C.
    0

    I noticed immediately how quiet the other mics were compared to Beyonce’s … and how briefly the other Destiny’s Children were on stage. Ridiculous – that had to be at Beyonce’s insistence.

  49. wordphreak
    0

    God, put some clothes on, girl. You have talent; you don’t have to pander.

  50. cindy
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    I watched the whole thing and I kept wondering when I was going to actually hear her sing. It was so weird. Maybe the sound was horrible as someone mentioned above. I thought she looked good, but overall, the performance was underwhelming. Madonna’s performance last year left me so impressed with her, she totally rocked (IMO); this year made me want to change the channel because I was bored. Hmph.

  51. Sammi
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    That is why Mrs. Jackson never wanted her to perform at Michael’s funeral. She is a dirty tramp.

  52. Sol
    0

    I feel you. I thought the show was OK. I spent most of it wainting for her to sing her ass off, and it didn’t happen. I was dissapointed. Madonna’s show last year was HUGE. This was just she dancing around. And the fact that Kelly and Michelle’s microphones were off, I thought it was my idea until you wrote about it.

  53. KarenC286
    0

    In Australia the closest I came to this was hearing it live on the radio (and not really knowing why they were playing a weird Beyonce mix) and then clips on the news.
    They should have played your commentary over the news. Hilarious.
    Oh & overgrowth = koala ears

    • toxxic
      0

      Were you at work? I had the day off and i saw it being played on Ten and One, i missed my Dr Phill!

  54. Kell from Oz
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    I thought she rocked it.

    Can’t believe anyone is comparing this to Madonna’s train wreck of last year. I wasn’t a fan of Bey’s last album (and obvs she knows it was weak, hence her track selection) but the lady is incredible live, and showed why she’s a megastar last night.

    Even my husband was impressed – he reckoned it was one of the best half time performances he could remember. From a boy!

  55. ccm800
    0

    Except of course that she can’t. She never has been able to. She is in no way shape pr forma gifted singer. Entertainer…sure. Singer. Not ever.

    • shadlylady
      0

      Thanks for pointing out that the emporer has no clothes, both literally and figuratively, in this case. I didn’t have the guts.

    • Mo
      +1

      I would not say that necessarily. I’ve been through just about all the school there is as a musician, and I would call her a singer. She can sing. She’s not going to drop an aria at the met, but she can sing. Not sure what you do for a living, but I’ve been a musician all my life (and have two degrees in music, one as a voice major) and have taught music for many years now (primarily chorus, and singing), and I would say that Lady B is a singer.

      She may not be your cup of tea, or produce a style of music that you enjoy. . . or have vocal technique that you like. . . but she is most certainly singing, and in my estimation, doing a very good job of it for the style.

      Do I think she’s the best singer in the world? No. But, can I sing like that? Also no. I’ve had years of classical training, and I can’t do what she can do. And that’s okay. But, to say that she’s not a singer is just silly. Not to point out the obvious, but she is clearly singing, and frankly has more facility and power than many of the other studio manufactured pop tartlets out there today.

      • Franziska
        +1

        Thanks for that. It always bugs me when people don’t like a person or a particular music style that they say this person can’t sing. B. can sing.

  56. Mo
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    Didn’t have a problem with any of it, and definitely preferred her show over the last several years’ offerings.

  57. shadlylady
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    Regardless of her talent, the “outfit” looked like something a dominatrix hooker would wear. And the show was the same ol’ tired bump & grind routine. Snore.

  58. cookie
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    I definitely watch Beyonce half for the singing, half for the terrifically fierce dancing.

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  59. CopyChic
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    I feel like we’ve seen as much of Beyonce’s crotch as her OBgyn. Forget the ring, someone put some pants on it.

  60. TonyG
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    For what it is, I think the costume, is, actually, pretty well designed with some interesting flourishes. I kind of like the vest/coat/mini-skirted dress combo she wore over the souped-up leotard. Also, speaking of said leotard, I liked the incorporation of leather designed as if it were lace.

    Given that Grace Jones and Labelle — no, Madonna was not the first — were doing this type of shock couture 30 to 40 years ago, it’s hard to believe folks still are surprised by costumes like these on performers looking to collaborate with designers to titillate the masses. After all, even as there are many female football fans (40% of the total viewers who make up the NFL’s weekly television audience are women), the costume, skimpy for sure, was probably designed for the heterosexual male football fans watching.

    Early Grace Jones costume: http://55secretstreet.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834525f2869e20128773b318a970c-pi

    Early Labelle costume: http://cdn02.cdnwp.thefrisky.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/10/patti_and_the_bluebelles_121009_landov_m.jpg

  61. Pamb
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    No pics of Kelly and Michelle JUMPING UP THROUGH THE FLOOR to reach the stage?
    I died. And yes, I did think it was odd that Destiny’s Child was singing… Single Ladies, for a line or two before Kelly and Michelle were told to head to the back of the stage and exit.

  62. Jayne
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    When it comes to being in love with yourself, Beyonce beats all the competition. She is truly dreadful.

  63. bullpin
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    I thought Kelly looked GREAT!

    Beyonce is all about Beyonce. She’ll do her best when it is about HER. It is what it is. I was very MEH about the whole thing. Prince’s and Michael J’s halftime show > Beyonce.

    I think this sums up my feelings to a T:
    http://www.pearlswindow.com/2013/01/yall-better-side-eye-beyonce-kissin.html

  64. greatwhitenorthchick
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    Beyonce makes me miss Aretha.

  65. Vi
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    Unless you are a Bey fan, her how would have been under-whelming in an over-whelming kind of way. TOO MUCH in a ‘put it away!’ kind of way, and NOT ENOUGH singing.
    My husband commented that she has amazing legs, and she does.
    To prance around, stop on a dime, and strike a pose, like she did about 200 times, takes some well conditioned stems, and she has ‘em.

  66. Mary
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    Beyonce jumped, danced, strutted, pranced… you did not get the ‘solar eclipse’ burning of her crotch into your eyes that you’re getting from the freeze frame photos.
    If I had her body, I would come to work naked.

  67. lindsay
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    i LOVED it! i thought she looked and sounded amazing. and i was genuinely surprised by the DC reunion and that just made me all giggly. well done, m’lady.

  68. Vandalfan
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    Good musicians don’t have to wear skimpy costumes or dance if they’re actually good musicians. Miss Thang there is a showman, an entertainer. Music is not the point of her performance.

    • Nancy
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      Absolutely!! And she does not have a very good voice with a wide range. She is a showman.

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  71. toxxic
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    I was underwhelmed by the whole thing but i’ve never been able to stomach her so i wasn’t expecting to love it.

    I find this hilarious http://www.dlisted.com/2013/02/05/beyonces-publicist-wishes-these-hot-pictures-didnt-exist

  72. Nancy
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    I don’t think Beyonce has a strong, reliable voice. Did you ever see the video of her falling down the stairs at one of her concerts, while she continues to sing? Hilarious!! Not the falling part, of course, but the lip syncing.

    She is a mildly talented mezzo soprano who does not have a wide range, which is why she lip-synced The Star Spangled Banner. In the cold, under tension, she probably was not secure in hitting the notes.

    So in my view, Beyonce is a mildly talented singer, OK dancer, and beautiful faced entertainer. Not much more than that.

  73. Lolita
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    I love Beyonce. I love her music. Love the Gals from Destiny’s Child. I did not think that prancing around in sexy lingerie was appropriate for the millions of children who were forced to watch the superbowl with their families. We all know Beyonce is in shape, she has a beautiful voice and she can dance up a storm, but I think there is a time and place for everything. I was disappointed in her performance for that reason.

  74. Mary Urech Stallings
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    I think she is a great singer, but the gyrations were lewd. Talk about ‘slutdrops’.

  75. jay
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    I think she really rocked half time. Very talented woman, I don’t see a problem here at all. Sure, the performance is not everyone’s taste, but talented she is. I really enjoyed watching her.

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    I cannot believe that there are commenters who wrote Beyonce (or anyone for that matter) SHOULD be shamed for wearing that costume… I thought it was common knowledge that shaming women for wearing revealing clothes is well,.. kind of misogynistic. And wrong in so so many ways..

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