Beyonce Announced as Performer for 47th Super Bowl
Published: Monday, October 22, 2012
Updated: Monday, October 22, 2012 16:10
Over time, the Super Bowl has become more than just the biggest football game of the year; it has become a can’t miss event. Whether turning in for the game, wanting to watch all of those brand new commercials, or waiting for the musical act at half time, it really has something for everyone.
Throughout the years, musical guests have spanned the spectrum from classic rockers such as the Rolling Stones and The Who to soul singers like Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and everything in between. Last year’s half time show by Madonna ended up being the most watched halftime show of all time with 114 million viewers. This year the honor goes to none other than Beyonce.
A trip to her Twitter page confirms her as performing, where one can see a picture of Beyonce wearing eye black with the date of the Super Bowl. In 2004, she performed the National Anthem before the game, so she has had prior contact with the NFL. Beyonce is certainly qualified to take the stage, with 16 Grammy Awards, a 2011 Billboard Millennium Award, and at least eight number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 either solo or as a part of Destiny’s Child.
The choice also marks the return to modern female solo artists, which the NFL chose to go away from following the infamous wardrobe malfunction back in 2004. Since 2004, the NFL has preferred acts such as Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. This trend seems to be breaking, as the show has gotten back to more recent artists following the Black Eyed Peas in 2011 and now Beyonce. If the show goes off without incident, it could be the start of returning to shows by current artists. There is nothing wrong with the prior choices, but it would come as no surprise that the NFL has erred on the side of caution since that fateful day in 2004. Nine years should be a long enough time frame to keep playing it safe.
The question now will be who will perform alongside Beyonce on February 3, if anyone. If recent years have proved anything, it is that someone will accompany her. In 2011 the Peas brought along Usher, and last year Madonna brought along LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, M.I.A. and Cee Lo Green. The logical choice would be husband and rap star Jay-Z, or she could opt to go with a blast from the past with a Destiny’s Child reunion. Whatever she chooses, it should make for an interesting performance.
When one thinks of Super Bowl halftime shows, names like Madonna and Beyonce don’t exactly come to mind right away, but at least the NFL mixes it up each year keeping it exciting. The 47th Super Bowl will take place on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans on CBS. It’s safe to say the world will be watching.