As soon as she first opened her mouth to do an almost-a cappella bit of “Love on Top,” one thing was clear: Beyoncé was singing live.
And that was the case for the rest of her dynamic, divalicious Super Bowl halftime show.
Indeed, by the time Beyoncé slowed it down for the last number, “Halo,” you could hear her running out of breath a bit from all the energetic, intricate choreography.
To make it further evident that this was not a repeat of her lip-synching the national anthem at the inauguration two weeks ago, she also punctuated her performance with many exhortations of the crowd for obvious effect.
Beyoncé’s set was also marked by her much-rumored reunion with Destiny’s Child, when Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams launched onto the stage for a medley of “Bootylicious” and “Independent Women Part 1.”
The three then kicked into Beyonce’s smash “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” but Rowland and Williams could barely keep up with the hair-whipping B, who took over the song solo.
Another fave collaborator, husband Jay-Z, was missing when Beyoncé did “Crazy in Love,” their 2003 No. 1 hit. But while it would have been great to see Blue Ivy’s parents work the stage together, this was her moment and she hardly needed him.
The show was rounded out with a hooftastic rendition of “End of Time,” during which the star appropriately seemed to be backed by a marching band, and a special effects-laden “Baby Boy” with multiple “Beyoncés.”
Through it all, Beyoncé, looking like a dominatrix in her black leather getup, was a live singer in full command.