Although it was technically Coldplay’s stage at the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show, it was Beyonce who shined the brightest. Just yesterday, the unofficial queen of hip-hop released a surprise music video for her never-before-heard song Formation, which has sparked a craze on social media for the past day as a full-length album is expected to be released in the coming months.
Beyonce performed the new song, featuring the original female-only dance number from the music video, and proved once again that she, to quote her own lyrics, “slays.” As if the hype of her new song alone wasn’t enough, the halftime show concluded with an announcement for her upcoming Formation World Tour, whose tickets go on sale Feb. 16.
The rest of the show, which also featured Bruno Mars, was entertaining but not very memorable. Coldplay’s frontman Chris Martin tried too hard to put on a good show, leaving an impression that the performance was very forced, and the singer’s acoustics also sounded a bit weak. The band performed their popular songs Viva La Vida, Paradise, and Clocks.
Bruno Mars came on stage with his own dance crew, dressed in nothing but black leather and gold chains. Mars sang his hit song Uptown Funk, and after Beyonce graced the field and gave her solo performance, the two dueled it out in a sing-off, which Chris Martin awkwardly tried to get in on towards the end.
The intense flower and rainbow themes of Coldplay’s stage seemed slightly random, especially in contrast to Beyonce and Mars’ all-black ensembles. The inclusion of a student marching band, as well as the colored placards held by the audience in the stands that spelled out “Believe In Love,” felt out of place.
Considering Beyonce’s string of major releases and recent announcements, a solo performance would have generated just as much excitement, if not more. The lackluster of tonight’s three-artist mashup proved that perhaps a halftime show is best as a one-man, or in the case of Beyonce, a one-woman show.
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