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Since Beyonce is the world's most perfect human being, is it any surprise that her Super Bowl performance was amazing? On Sunday night, the pop diva rocked the New Orleans Superdome with one of the best halftime shows the NFL has ever seen. How did Beyonce succeed where so many others have failed, or just made us go "eh"? Here are 7 ways that Bey did everything right with her off-the-hook halftime show.
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1. She did all the heavy lifting.
Did Beyonce stop singing or dancing for a single second of that performance? No, she did not. From the moment she rose from the stage in a cloud of smoke, Beyonce remained front and center, commanding our attention.
2. She sang live.
After silencing haters by singing the national anthem live at a Super Bowl press conference on Jan. 31, there was no way Beyonce was going to lip-synch during her halftime performance. But it's a mistake others have made, and given her demanding choreography, it would have made her life a lot easier. Instead she did it the hard way, and it paid off.
3. She brought her own (all-female!) band.
Since 2006, Beyonce has been performing with a ten-piece band composed entirely of women -- something pretty much unheard of in the pop music world. Most of the time, the musicians fade into the background, but Beyonce really let her ladies shine at halftime -- particularly guitarist Bibi McGill, whose spark-shooting solo was a highlight.
4. She made her guest stars count.
Everyone expected Beyonce to call up some of her A-list friends (maybe husband Jay-Z, Kanye West or Justin Timberlake) for halftime cameos. Instead, she had exactly two guest stars: Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, who joined her for a long-anticipated reunion of Destiny's Child. Watching the three of them perform "Independent Women," "Bootylicious" and Beyonce's solo hit "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" was more exciting than watching Madonna flood last year's show with random celebs.
5. She performed the classics.
At sporting events, people want to hear songs they love. Wisely, Beyonce didn't use the occasion to promote her new material; instead, she whipped through a greatest-hits set list that included "Crazy In Love," "Love on Top" and "Halo," along with an epic version of the iconic "Single Ladies" dance.
6. She looked like a superhero.
With her black leather bodysuit, thigh-high boots and long flowing hair, Beyonce looked like she could have lit those pyrotechnics with her own heat vision. It only got better when she ripped off the ensemble's outer layer and exposed the sexy, lace-trimmed corset underneath. It was a deliberate wardrobe malfunction (unlike Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake's infamous boob-baring 2004 Super Bowl malfunction, which will live in infamy), and it was perfection.
7. She didn't forget there was an audience.
So many Super Bowl performers seem removed from the actual crowd. Beyonce was right down in the trenches, playing to the people (not just to the cameras!), touching their hands, urging them to sing. During "Halo," she crouched at the very edge of the stage, holding the mic out to the audience, taking it back to belt out the choruses, head-banging the whole time. Don't try that at home, kids: Beyonce is a professional.
For our money, Beyonce gave us the best Super Bowl halftime show since Prince in 2006. Do you agree? Leave your thoughts in the comments!