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Beyonce Simply Super!

Feb 4, 2013

Jed Gottlieb, Boston Herald


Did Beyonce lip sync during the Super Bowl halftime show?

I doubt it.

Oh, and who cares?

Beyonce has amazing pipes -- the icon proved that earlier this week at her press conference by belting out the National Anthem a cappella. But singing is actually only a tiny slice of her talent. The whole package is her voice, catalog of hits, dance moves, legs, lashes and loads of charisma.

Last night, in front of 100 million, that big, brilliant package was on display.

Silhouetted by a pyro display that would make Gene Simmons drool, the star stood still as a statue. She let the moment breathe, then the hook to "Crazy in Love" kicked in and the set exploded with energy. I missed Jay-Z, who was a no-show, for about two seconds.

Beyonce belted out the tune while stalking the stage with a fierce intensity -- those heels, that strut! It was almost enough to make me forget Madonna, M.I.A.'s middle finger and that tightrope walker who kept bouncing on his groin from last year.

Fans expect an insane level of spectacle at the Super Bowl. Beyonce delivered with walls of high-def video screens, zig-zagging lasers and an all-female band with great chops -- and one flame-throwing guitar. But Beyonce kept the focus on her.

Her Destiny's Child sisters Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland popped up on the stage to huge cheers -- the reunion was the worst-kept secret in New Orleans this week. The trio jumped right in with an impressive "Bootylicious," but their best moment was a Beyonce solo hit -- "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)."

Closing with "Halo," Beyonce left the crowd with an image of her alone -- camera in tight, not missing a beat. Pounding out the anthem, whipping her hair around and glowing, she was bigger than the Destiny's Child reunion, or her rap king husband, or the lip-syncing controversy. Her set was a testament to her talent and charm.

Madonna dressed her performance in guests and Cirque du Soleil and blockbuster songs from three decades. Beyonce topped hers with a few bars of a ballad most of America doesn't know and a brilliant smile. As an advertisement for her upcoming tour, the set was great. As an advertisement for the Beyonce brand, it was awesome.

Source: (c)2013 the Boston Herald. Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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