NEW ORLEANS, United States, Tuesday February 5, 2013 – In the wake of the controversy surrounding her pre-recorded performance at the US presidential inauguration last month, pop icon Beyonce came back with a bang at the Super Bowl on Sunday, delivering a spectacular show that silenced even her harshest critics.
The musical interludes of the big bash at New Orleans’ Superdome soared to their usual galactic heights, opening on a moving note with Beyonce's Dreamgirls co-star Jennifer Hudson paying tribute to victims of the December shooting at Newtown, Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School by performing America the Beautiful with the school's choir.
Alicia Keys was also at her mind-blowing best, belting out the National Anthem while playing a grand piano.
But when half-time arrived, Beyonce made the Super Bowl her own, with a sensational show featuring a special reunion of Destiny's Child.
The megastar, named the world’s most beautiful woman of 2012 by People Magazine, kicked-off with Love On Top, and was joined by a troupe of dancers for renditions of her smash hits Crazy In Love, End of Time and Baby Boy, which highlighted a knockout dance routine.
Her former Destiny's Child colleagues Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams then put in a surprise appearance, emerging from beneath the stage to play their first live set in five years.
Sleek and sexy in skin-tight black leather, the girls turned up the jets with hot performances of Bootylicious and the Charlie's Angels theme tune Independent Women, complete with dazzling pyrotechnics.
Rowland and Williams remained on stage to join Beyonce for her hit Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) and then bowed-out, leaving the pop diva to wrap the 12-minute gig solo with Halo.
Beyonce made a point of singing the whole set live after the international media circus following US President Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony, in which she bolstered her vocals for The Star Spangled Banner with a fail-safe pre-recorded version of the anthem.