Super Bowl 50 halftime show: EW Review

February 8, 2016 4:57 AM

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Forget that Coldplay headlined the Super Bowl 50 halftime show. Forget that Bruno Mars also joined in the performance or that a clips reel showcased past musical legends or that the 12-minute concert was only an interlude in the biggest football game of the year. The moment viewers will remember most was Beyoncé’s, who performed — nay, slayed — “Formation,” a song barely a day old, on America’s largest stage. The 34-year-old pop star occupies rarefied artistic air and if the Super Bowl’s halftime show had solely consisted of the 60 seconds she spent gyrating to the track, which salutes Black Lives Matter and contains lyrics like “I like my negro nose with Jackson Five nostrils,” with flamethrowers erupting behind her on the field of Santa Clara, California’s Levi’s Stadium, that would’ve been good enough for many.

Of course, the gig was officially Coldplay’s — Bey and Bruno were mostly touted as “special guests” during the game’s first half — and, despite Yoncé’s show-stealing artistry (and an outfit that paid homage to Michael Jackson’s 1993 Super Bowl halftime show) the band played admirably at a presentati...

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