Beyoncé is the most polarizing contemporary artist in the game. The stans who make up the core of the BeyHive are the some most vocally supportive fans of any artist, but for every person who has pledged their undying fealty to King Bey, Beyoncé haters are just as fervent in their dislike for Miss Knowles. Regardless of which side you rep, tonight’s Super Bowl halftime show had something for everyone.
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THE STANS: The last time we saw Bey perform something other than the National Anthem was in May of 2012, when she performed a five night stand at Atlantic City’s Revel casino. That said, this is her first nationally televised performance since she gave birth to Blue Ivy Carter just over a year ago and, if tonight was any indication, she hasn’t lost a single step. Coming out to an abridged version of “Love On Top” while silhoutted against a backdrop of a 40 foot tall flaming Bey, she quickly broke into “Crazy In Love,” putting her vaunted, high energy dance moves on showcase. Her hair looked FLAWLESS, and her body looked positively SICK. She was also gracious enough to share the spotlight with her Destiny’s Child brethren Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, which included a three-song medley of “Bootylicious,” “Independent Women Pt. 1″ and “Single Ladies,” once again proving that despite her superstar status, she remains one of the most gracious and selfless performers in the game.
THE HATERS: Ugh, BEYONCÉ! America’s least favorite robot had the AUDACITY to start off her Super Bowl set by lip-synching “Love On Top,” despite her claims that she would “absolutely” be singing live tonight. TYPICAL! She relied WAY too heavily on backing tracks and piped in vocals (Jay-Z’s verse on “Crazy In Love,” Sean Paul’s on “Baby Boy”), and refused to cede the spotlight AT ALL when Kelly and Michelle came out to share the stage with her. You’re meaning to tell us that of ALL the songs in the Destiny’s Child canon that they could have performed, she forced them to do one of her solo songs (“Single Ladies”)!!! And what, praytell, was WITH that finale? She spent the last three minutes of her set on her knees, not even dancing, pretending to sing “Halo.” Bring back the Black Eyed Peas, yeesh!
SETLIST: “Love On Top” / “Crazy In Love” / “End Of Time” / “Baby Boy” / “Bootylicious” (with Kelly Rowland & Michelle Williams) / “Independent Women #1″ (w/Kelly & Michelle) / “Single Ladies” / “Halo”
Yesterday’s press conference was further proof that Sunday is a Beyoncé concert with a little bit of athletic competition on the side. With all that’s been said–and repeatedly questioned–about her potential lip-synching last week, along with the halftime show’s ability to ignite minor scandals family-first viewers can’t seem to let go of (wave hello, M.I.A.!) we thought it was only to fair to compose of list of things that could happen during the big show–as well a handful of dream scenarios we desperately hope will come true, but are willing to settle for having play out in our twisted minds until the end of time.
We’re still a few days away from kickoff, so why not play along at home? Do your homework, keep track of this list during the show, and tell us if we are brilliant or simply outstanding for putting this all together come Monday morning.
After being front and center of an international, Beyontroversiallip-synching scandal last week, Beyoncé decided this afternoon was the right time to address the haters who accused her of mouthing along to the lyrics of our National Anthem. However, being the King that she is, she didn’t wait for some silly reporter from Access Hollywood to ask her a question about it. Instead, she opened up her nationally televised press conference this afternoon by straight up BELTING the lyrics to the “Star Spangled Banner” in front of a hot mic and a room full of reporters.
To demonstrate that she wasn’t singing along to a pre-recorded track (which she would later admit that she did last week), she made Francis Scott Key and the entire populous of the United States of America proud by bellowing out some of her patented, powerhouse vocal runs and spontaneously emphasizing certain phrases (“THE BOMBS!”). She then went on to wrap up her performance in the most shadeworthy fashion imaginable, simply by declaring, “ANY QUESTIONS?”
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We would’ve been happy if, at that point, Bey pulled the ole *DROPS MIC* routine and simply sashayed out of the room, middle finger in the air, not answering a single question LIKE A BAWSE. However, being the well-choreographed and proper Methodist girl that she is, she DID field a few Qs from the intrepid reporters on hand (including one, we’re not kidding, ABOUT HER TOOTHBRUSH?!?!).
You wanted Beyonce to open up more and she delivered. In her upcoming Life Is But a Dream HBO documentary the singer reveals how she felt after miscarrying what would have been her first child.
Bey’s hubby Jay-Zrapped about the miscarriage on “Glory” last year while his wife remained silent. For the documentary produced, directed and created by Bey she tells it all, or at least all of what she doesn’t mind the world knowing. “About two years ago, I was pregnant for the first time and I heard the heartbeat, which was the most beautiful music I ever heard in my life,” she said in the documentary. “I picked out names. I envisioned what my child would look like…I was feeling very maternal. I flew back to New York to get my check up – and no heartbeat. Literally the week before I went to the doctor, everything was fine, but there was no heartbeat.” Read more…
To satisfy those of us who don’t get our kicks from endless streams of NFL commentary and statistical projections this week, but rather leotards and big hair, Beyoncé is revealing more of his pre-game prep before Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime show. In addition to a selection of fierce rehearsal photos that double as demonstrations on how to properly stretch, Bey posted a new video of her camp preparing for battle, set to 4‘s “Countdown” (yes, apparently “Countdown to Touchdown” is not just something that’s forced upon her when Pepsi execs are in the room).
Heels! Hair! High kicks! Last week we got a peak at what might just be Bey’s set list for Sunday night. It was Destiny’s Childheavy, but what about… everything else from her catalog? Reunions are great, but bring on the B solo material.
You know you’ve made it when the major dough starts rolling in for endorsement deals. Ask Beyonce about that $50 million Pepsi deal or 50 Cent‘s partnership with Vitamin Water (which netted him somewhere between $60-$100 milli). Taylor Swift didn’t let the ink dry before announcing, via video, her new venture with Diet Coke. It’s unclear how much Taylor made from this collaboration, but it’s T. Swift. She’s definitely not accepting chump change. In honor of Taylor being the newest addition to #teamCoke, we present the most unexpected and/or outrageous musician endorsements. Read more…
We thought we were lucky simply by having a chance to watch the superwoman that is Adelereturn to the stage, trading high-fives with 007 and making other nominees cringe at their own acceptance speeches. The Academy Awards is typically Hollywood’s night, showering films and their respective performers with love and a 360 GlamCam, but more recently, music has been finding a way in to the big show more and more.
Part of that trend is the Academy’s planned tribute to the movie musical (amazing, amazing idea) which will take place at this year’s show on Sunday, February 24 (ugh, not soon enough!). Despite the rich canon of excellent examples–do everyone a favor and rid your mind of Nine and Rent–the focus will fall largely on recent screen adaptations. So don’t expect Hugh Jackman to launch into “Trouble,” although I am willing to lend this idea to a casting record for a price to be determined later.
Films like Chicago and Dreamgirls will be featured in the tribute, as well as one of this year’s big contenders, Les Misérables. The former arguably brought the genre–barreling–into the 21st century, while Dreamgirls put Beyoncé on the big screen and made us forget Jennifer Hudson was an American Idol reject–still hard to believe after this. Yes, Harold Hill may have to wait, but if you’ve dreamed a dream that Wolverine and Queen Bey might one day share the stage, you could be in luck.
Beyoncé‘s inauguration duties are behind her, and we’d like to call for a moratorium on chatter about whether she dared to use a backing track in the presence of Barack Obama. There bigger problems at hand and Bey has plenty of fabulous people in her corner should sticklers want to argue about something that escalated Whitney Houston to new levels of fame. And we, as fans, have much more important things on our agenda! Like, planning a Super Bowl party with scheduled bathroom trips as not to miss any important demonstrations of athletic ability–or impressive freakoutery by one Jim Harbaugh–and flawless musical talent from this year’s halftime star. Can you believe we’re just nine days away? I wouldn’t wait much longer to acquire the necessities for seven-layer dip.
“The one thing that you cannot doubt is that she can sing. She absolutely can sing,” Keys told Capital FM. “All the rest of the ‘whys’ or ‘whatever,’ we know that she can deliver and she did deliver that song really beautifully.”
“I thought it was funny because the weather down there was about 46 or 44 degrees and for most singers that is just not good singing weather… she did a beautiful job with the pre-record… next time I’ll probably do the same,” the Queen of Soul, who performed at Obama’s 2009 inauguration, told ABC News.
The legendary Broadway star fielded only the toughest of questions (how could one possibly say something mean about Mandy Patinkin?!) from Bravo’s Andy Cohen. “SHE WAS SINGING LIVE I DON’T CARE WHAT ANYONE SAYS!” she said on Wednesday’s episode of Watch What Happens Live.
Now, the Marine Corps Band–who originally fed the intel to the London Times–is back-tracking on its statements. According to the Associated Press, Capt. Gregory Wolf, another spokesman for the Marine Corps, claimed that because of lack of rehearsal time, a live rendition from Beyoncé and the band was deemed “ill advised.” Wolf went on to state that, “no one in the Marine Band is in a position to assess whether it was live or pre-recorded.” To the left, to the left, spokeswoman who shall not be named.