After her breathless display, celebrities promptly took to Twitter to give praise. Justin Timberlake, who recently dropped a record with Beyoncé’s hubby Jay-Z, bowed down to the newly anointed “King Bey.”
Yes, B. Yes. Roasted that… #KINGBEY
— Justin Timberlake(@jtimberlake) February 4, 2013
Kelly Clarkson, who also sang at the Inauguration last month, chimed in with some love for Beyoncé.
Okay so …..Beyonce just killed it at the Super Bowl! Holy cow she is so hot and sang her tail off!! Destiny’s Child, SO GREAT!!
— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) February 4, 2013
While watching the game, the FLOTUS herself, Michelle Obama, sent her congrats to Queen B for a job well done.
— FLOTUS (@FLOTUS) February 4, 2013
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) February 4, 2013
— JESSIE J (@JessieJ) February 4, 2013
OMG Beyonce killed it!!! And when Destiny’s Child came out…that made my life! #Bootylicious
— Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashian) February 4, 2013
Jennifer Hudson, who sang “America The Beautiful” with the Sandy Hook Elementary School Choir before kickoff, also only had kind words for her Dreamgirls co-star and the ladies of Destiny’s Child.
@Beyonce@aliciakeys @kellyrowland u know I love n have n always will admire u ladies . So honored to be amongst u all. Love u guys!!
— Jennifer Hudson (@IAMJHUD) February 4, 2013
Alicia Keys, who kicked of the festivities with a performance of the National Anthem, chose to not only celebrate Bey’s performance, but the sisterly love between all the ladies who took the stage.
— Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) February 4, 2013
Beyoncé’s moment was set against her Inauguration performance of the “Star Spangled Banner.” She was roundly criticized for “lip-syncing,” though she actually sang over a backing track, which is a significant distinction. But after the Super Bowl show, the lip-sync controversy that loomed was burned away by the time the pyrotechnics flared. The press conference, in which Beyonce sang live to prove her pipes (asking “Any questions?” once she was done) was rendered unnecessary.
Her seamless a cappella version of “Love On Top” set the tone. The fast-paced medley of “Crazy in Love,” “End of Time” and ”Baby Boy” thrilled. Screaming Twitter accounts proclaimed her vindicated, or, in Samuel Jackson’s case, reinstated her status at the top of the game.
“I’m in the DON’T GIVE A F*** IF IT’S PRE-RECORDED OR NOT club!!,” the actor said. “B’s putting’ in WURK!!!!”
Prince‘s unforgettable turn at Super Bowl XLI, in which he famously sang “Purple Rain” in a downpour, gave his performance an air of mysticism. Likewise, after Beyonce’s electric performance, the stadium lost some of its lights, which caused an unprecedented delay in the game.
Instantaneously, Twitter exploded (actually broke for moments) with nyuk-nyuk jokes and conspiracy theories about Beyoncé’s role in the power outage.
Perhaps, the heaviest and most poignent tweet of the night was dispatched from Jay-Z’s Mr. Carter (@S_C) account.
Lights out!!! Any questions??
— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) February 4, 2013
But Beyoncé had already answered her critics. And while the arena went dark, her light shone as bright as ever.
–Erik Parker, CBS Local