While Coldplay was singing about love and Bruno Mars was showing us a groovy good time, Beyonce was in the mood for revolution at the 2016 Super Bowl.

The halftime show was a pulsating spectacle, with British crooner Chris Martin bouncing across the stage, belting out hits, “Viva La Vida”, “Paradise”, “Adventure of a Lifetime” and “Fix You.”


Bruno Mars, clad in head-to-toe leather, gold chains swinging to the beat, treated the screaming crowd to a little “Uptown Funk,” with his equally energetic band and producer Mark Ronson, all stepping in unison.

Enter the Queen Bey, stomping fiercely onto the manicured grass, followed by her dancers, as if she were parting the red sea. Performing her latest single, “Formation,” Beyonce danced up a storm, donning a studded black leather ensemble, her curly blonde mane twisting in the wind.


Then came her dancers, mimicking her every move, in black berets, invoking the Black Panther movement of the 60s. The group then danced in an ‘X’ formation, in homage to civil rights activist, Malcolm X. The in-your-face performance, with its political underpinnings, follows the release of Beyonce’s “Formation” video.

The song and the music video, which is set in New Orleans, touches on racial and social issues that are very much relevant in American society today, whether it is the flood waters of Hurricane Katrina that ravaged New Orleans, particularly the lower ninth ward, or police shootings of unarmed black men like Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown which made headlines, referenced by the words “Stop shooting us,” flashing by in the video.

Beyonce clearly has a lot to say and chose one of the biggest stages in the world – the Super Bowl – to get our attention. Many found it a bold statement, others criticized her, but I suspect that at 34, already having reached career heights most can only dream of, Beyonce is digging deeper, thinking farther, about the world she is leaving to her daughter, Blue Ivy.


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