For all those who criticized Beyonce’s pre-recorded Inauguration Day rendition of the Star Spangled Banner (rather than focus on the importance of President Obama’s second win), the star’s Super Bowl Halftime performance was, indeed, live. It was all skeptics could talk about in the days leading up to the big game.
According to reports, she used the pre-recording on Inauguration Day because she didn’t have time to rehearse with the band. Although several celebrities including Alicia Keys and Jennifer Lopez spoke up in Beyonce’s defense, the pre-recording didn’t sit well with many.
But last week at a press conference, the Grammy-award winning star treated the press to a surprise live performance of the Star Spangled Banner. Afterward, she explained of the upcoming Super Bowl event: “I will absolutely be singing live. I am well rehearsed. This is what I was born to do.”
Well, the ratings are in and clearly Sunday’s Halftime performance more than made up for it. In his article titled ‘Beyonce Silences Doubters With Intensity at Halftime’, The New York Times’ Jon Caramanica reported, “Beyonce the machine had made her point.” He continued:
“And so for 12 or so minutes at the center of the Superdome field on Sunday night, she balanced explosions and humanity, imperiousness with warmth, an arena-ready sense of scale with a microscopic approach to the details of her vocals. Amid all the loudness were small things to indicate Beyoncé was answering her skeptics, quietly but effectively.”
Read more at The New York Times.