Beyonce Scores Super Bowl Halftime Show
By Stefanie Howell
(SPORTSINPUT.com) – Sasha Fierce, a.k.a Beyoncé Knowles, is slated to tackle the Super Bowl at halftime on February 3rd 2013, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. She confirmed it on Tuesday when she photo blogged a clever picture on Tumblr with the words “Feb 3” and “2013” painted under her eyes like a footballer. Later that day, the NFL confirmed it by tweeting the same photo on their twitter page. This is the first time since 2002 that New Orleans has hosted the Super Bowl because of Hurricane Katrina, but this isn’t the first time Beyoncé Knowles sang at a Super Bowl since the catastrophe.
In 2004 she gave one of the most memorable vocal performances of the Star Spangled Banner when the Super Bowl was being held in her hometown, Houston.
This time the Single Ladies singer is going Cajun and there is a lot of speculation as to who her supporting artists will be.
She could do the rumored duet with her husband New York rapper Jay-Z, but they already performed together at Barclay’s Center in New York on September 28th, so a repeat performance might be overkill.
A rumor that is more likely to transpire is the ever anticipated reunion of Destiny’s Child since bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams left to pursue their solo careers in 2006. She would bring the house down if she were to partner with her Videophone collaborator, Lady Gaga, but somehow that seems like an unlikely possibility.
Super Bowl fans would probably prefer Carly Rae Jepsen or Psy who, between them, created this year’s sports anthems “Call Me Maybe” and “Gangnam Style.” Maybe the artist who discovered both of them, Justin Bieber, will be bathing in the Super Bowl limelight. The options are limitless for the 16 Grammy award winner (Kanye could even show up to steal the show). Perhaps it doesn’t matter who she chooses as a supporting artist because the consummate entertainer has a history of putting on show stoppers.
What’s worth noting, is that at 31 she is the youngest female singer to headline the halftime show since Janet Jackson took the stage in 2004 at the age of 45.
That is, this is the first time a woman under 50 is headlining the show after Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction. As a result, CBS TV was forced to pay a $550,000 fine so, on February of this year, which is eight years since a female singer headlined the halftime show, they chose to play it safe with Madonna. One of the material girl’s supporting acts M.I.A, however, flashed her middle finger which forced NBC spokesman Christopher McCloskey to offer a public apology. It probably also made the NFL redefine sensible if clean cut, young Beyoncé Knowles is an indication.
So, what exactly are we to expect from a Beyoncé halftime show? Judging from history, big theatrics, big screens, white, black, or silver costumes. She could even do a military theme with Destiny’s Child and sing songs like Survivor or Independent Women. It has to be big and bold if it’s going to unseat the Egyptian Goddess Isis (Madonna).
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