Beyonce upstages Coldplay in Super Bowl halftime show
Media come for Coldplay, praise Bey
There’s no question Beyonce just stole that Super Bowl halftime show from its headline act, Coldplay. According to usatoday, the only remaining question is, who didn’t see that coming?
Credit usatoday Beyonce at Super Bowl 50
On one side, you have a woman whose just-dropped, much-discussed Formation proves why “fierce” is linked to her name, serving as a sizzling, sexy, super-charged break from a sport that assiduously markets its own fierceness. On the other, you have a popular but polarizing British band whose work has been described by other USA Today critics as “earnest” and “sensitive” — not exactly words one immediately associates with the NFL.
Beyonce alongside Coldplay and Bruno Mas performing at half time during Super Bowl 50
And in the middle, you have Bruno Mars — like Beyonce, a Super Bowl halftime veteran, and like her, a performer who seemed to know how to make best use of the stage he was given. In other words: dance, because no one in the crowd is going to be paying much attention to the lyrics.
As for the headliners, well, to call Coldplay “divisive” is an understatement akin to calling the Super Bowl “somewhat oversized.” After all, how many other halftime acts go on CBS This Morning before the game, as Coldplay front man Chris Martin did, to confess that they no longer worry that lots of people don’t like them? It’s not exactly a rousing bit of self-promotion.
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Beyonce, Chris Martin of Coldplay and Bruno Mars perform onstage during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50
Beyonce, Chris Martin of Coldplay and Bruno Mars perform onstage during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi’s Stadium on Feb. 7 in Santa Clara, Calif.