“Any questions,” asked an emboldened Beyonce during yesterday’s press conference promoting her upcoming Super Bowl half-time gig. The singer had just given a live impromptu performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” a bombastic showing meant to answer critics who lambasted the Grammy-winning vocalist for lip-synching America’s national anthem just 11 days ago at President Obama’s re-inauguration.
“Due to the weather, due to the delay, due to no proper sound check, I did not feel comfortable taking a risk,” a confident Beyonce added when asked by a throng of reporters about the controversy. “It was about the President and the inauguration, and I wanted to make him and my country proud. So I decided to sing along with my pre-recorded track, which is very common in the music industry, and I’m very proud of my performance.”
For critics who were all too eager to lump B with notorious lip-synching acts like Milli Vanilli and Britney Spears, it was a classy middle finger. Beyonce’s talent should never be disputed. But as she gears up for her most important gig to date, here are a few points to follow to make the singer’s half-time Super Bowl debut a rousing success.—Keith Murphy (murphdogg29)