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Photos: Beyonce scores a touchdown with her fierce Super Bowl XLVII halftime show

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Kelly Rowland, Beyonce and Michelle Williams perform during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013.

Beyonce at Super Bowl XLVII

Beyonce performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. Launch slideshow »

Super Bowl XLVII: Beyonce Attends Media Day

Beyonce meets the media -- and sings the national anthem -- in New Orleans on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, ahead of Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday. Launch slideshow »

2011 Playboy Playmate of the Year Claire Sinclair said it best about Super Bowl XLVII (47) in The Kats Report on Friday. “All I know is that there are two teams going to Beyonce’s concert.” (Sorry, sports fans.)

Beyonce unintentionally overshadowed President Barack Obama’s second inauguration last month with her lip-synched performance of the national anthem -- she sang along with a recorded track -- and then performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” live -- and impeccably -- during a Super Bowl media day in New Orleans on Thursday before fielding media questions.

So the spotlight was on Beyonce Knowles, the wife of hip-hop mogul Jay-Z and of Destiny’s Child fame, as she performed the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show at Super Bowl XLVII. (Full disclosure: I’m a big fan of Beyonce, so it would take a lot for her to flub the halftime show. Regarding her lip-syncing? Who cares. It is still her voice, and talent is talent.)

At 5:08 p.m., Beyonce and her fans hit the field at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Pyrotechnics were abundant, and Sasha Fierce, in a black leather mini-dress, performed the fan-voted setlist, beginning with “Crazy in Love” with female dancers and her signature dance moves. Her female guitarist had pyrotechnics shooting from her guitar. Beyonce blows a kiss to the audience.

Beyonce, who just had a baby, looks uh-MAH-zing. Her second song is “End of Time” from her latest album, “4”; LED screen effects accompany “Baby Boy.”

At 5:16 p.m., it’s “Bootylicious” and a Destiny’s Child reunion(!) with Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, leading into “Independent Women, Part I” from “Charlie’s Angels.” “Good morning, Charlie!” indeed.

As expected, it’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” -- there are some sound problems -- but Beyonce is killing it. The crowd points their fingers to Beyonce, per her request, to channel their energy as she sings “Halo.” She is screeching a little, but it’s because she’s singing her face off and leaving her heart onstage.

She ends her spectacular spectacular with, “Thank you for this moment. God bless you all!” Thank you, Beyonce.

In case you care, Joe Flacco and his Baltimore Ravens lead rookie quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers 21-6 at halftime. My bet (with my brother for a lunch): I want the 49ers to win (despite Chris Culliver), but the Ravens will win.

Don Chareunsy is editor of VegasDeLuxe.com and senior editor, arts and entertainment, of LasVegasSun.com.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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  1. I wouldn't call that show a touchdown by any measure. I'd rather watch dogs chasing frisbeees.

  2. My wife commented that Beyonce has a good body (not skinny, but not fat, with a good booty) but then went on to say that Beyonce isn't really a dancer and the show was unimpressive.

    I concur with my wife.

  3. I thought it was awesome...

    but I did have the sound on MUTE.

  4. On the "lip-synching," I concur. No big deal. On the show? Not so much. Normaly, I never watch half-time shows. Borrrring! I turn the set off for 15 minutes and take care of other things. However, since my wife & I were at an invited party, I had no choice and found the show to be banal, at best; ear-splitting noisy at worst. Simply a rerun of Maddona's thrusting of genitals and screaming passed off as singing. I could understand not a word she sang except one: "Fantasy." I have no idea what the songs were about. The black-out was far more interesting to me. Give me Frank Sinatra anytime. At least he made every word clear as a bell.

  5. Was that family entertainment? It looked like a bunch of nasty strippers! The author of this article is either blind or needs serious help, this was a big time fumble!!

  6. I was stunned to see how they ripped off our "Kasidie Girl" corporate logo at halftime. Well at least it was great publicity for us and our members loved it! Sadly we don't have legal funds to push on this.

  7. Terrible halftime show. Hate her music. Bring back rock and roll. Tom Petty, McCartney, U2. What's next?....the Bieb's and Miley?? Ugh. Stick with the classics.

  8. @TomD1228 in this day and age the viewers wouldn't know what to do if the talent you speak of took stage. Love to see CSNY do a track, or The Youngbloods or Santana. Great music from those times.

  9. "Who cares," you ask?

    *I* care.

    Being asked to sing the national anthem in such a high profile event is a tremendous honor. It's not just a song, it represents our nation and its people.

    FAKING the anthem is fraud. ACTING like one is singing is FRAUDULENT. It's a disgrace.

    A lip synced National Anthem does not deserve the respect of people standing or saluting. If the 14-time Grammy winner and seller of 100 million records doesn't feel up to the task, then decline the invite and stay in the recording studio where she belongs.

  10. I loved Beyonce's half time show. Having said that I feel it was inappropriate for a general audience with all ages of children watching at home. Not to mention the model and the nerd face sucking commercial. Who selects this stuff? CBS, NFL, etc. They can do better. Or is this just like American politics. Anything goes and has a price tag. Just plain sad...

  11. They have discovered the next actress who can play a Soviet spy crushing James Bond's head between her ample thighs.