For the first time in six years, Destiny's Child took the stage together during the halftime show at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans after Beyonce gave a fierce solo performance of a few of her hit songs. The show featured pyrotechnics, an imaginative stage, and an all-female band. Beyonce, who headlined the Pepsi-sponsored show, introduced her former group mates as the trio got into their hit "Bootylicious."
The crowd erupted when the beginning of the "Stevie Nicks"-sampled track came on. When Beyonce asked (much like in the album version of the track): "Kelly, can you handle this?" and "Michelle, can you handle this?" during the song's intro, the women popped up from under the stage.
The reunited group then finished part of "Bootylicious" before moving onto "Independant Woman." Kelli and Michelle then stayed on stage to help Beyonce sing part of "Single Ladies" before the two exited the stage, leaving Beyonce to close out the show on her own.
As the halftime show first began, Beyonce's entrance to the Mercedes-Benz Super Dome was preempted by the first ever fan-made countdown video, accompanied by her aptly-titled song, "Countdown." The Texas-bred diva was first seen in the shadows atop a podium, before she walked on a stage that featured a platform for her band. The main stage was flanked by two feature stages, shaped and highlighted to resemble mirroring woman's faces.
Mrs. Jay-Z opened her nine-song show with "Love on Top," followed by "Crazy in Love," "End of the World," and "Baby Boy" before the Destiny's Child reunion. She closed the performance with the ballad "Halo," and blew a kiss to the crowd, thanking them and God at the end of the set.
Destiny's Child released a greatest hits album last week called "Love Songs," featuring "Nuclear," the group's first new track in seven years. The much-rumored reunion was in question after Destiny's Child member Michelle Williams told media that she would not be available for the New Orleans show because she is a member of the Broadway musical cast of "Fela!", now playing in Washington, D.C.
Kelly Rowland has released two solo albums since the group disbanded in 2006, including "Ms. Kelly" in 2008 and "Here I Am" in 2011. Rowland is slated to release her fourth solo album this year, "Year of the Woman." Williams also put out a solo album called "Unexpected" (2008) during the group's hiatus, and also focused her talents on acting as well as musical theater.
Prior to the game's opening kick-off, divas Jennifer Hudson and Alicia Keys performed for the crowd in New Orleans. Hudson was joined by the Sandy Hook Elementary School chorus for a rendition of "America the Beautiful" before Alicia Keys took the stage for a soulful take on the national anthem. Keys played a grand white piano while she sang.
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