Brilliant-Beyonce comes out at Super Bowl presser, asks crowd to stand - and launches into the National Anthem, full diva style. Ah-mazing—
Karen Travers (@karentravers) January 31, 2013
Kudos to Beyonce for bringing the reporters assembled at today’s Super Bowl press conference to their feet — for a live rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.” Nothing wrong with a little patriotism, especially where the press is involved. Obviously, though, the stunt wasn’t about the anthem but about Beyonce, who was criticized for lip-syncing at President Obama’s inauguration ceremony.
Beyonce: "I love haters. No shade. No hate."—
Global Grind (@GlobalGrind) January 31, 2013
After her performance, the singer laughed and asked, “Any questions?” Well, there’s the obvious question: why sing live at the Super Bowl but not inauguration? “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,” she explained.
Fans required no explanation, though.
I love how Beyonce politely said F-You to everyone today when she walked out at the PC and asked everyone to stand and then SAAAAAANG the NA—
(@JJisJeni) January 31, 2013
Beyonce walked on stage and said stand while I shade the entire country—
Blue Ivys' Godfather (@_Fuxyotw33tz) January 31, 2013
watched the Superbowl press conference n Im appalled. How dare Beyoncé have to ask those people to stand? They shouldve been on their knees—
Sandy (Jean-Ralphio) (@Kekirunga) January 31, 2013
Beyonce has KILLED these haters with Honesty, Elegance, TALENT & most of all, CLASS.—
Khalil Byrd (@kbyrd2) January 31, 2013
Beyonce essentially tells the world to shove it with a mic-dropping a cappella performance of the national anthem bit.ly/14AA4x4—
SPIN (@SPINmagazine) January 31, 2013
Perez Hilton (@PerezHilton) January 31, 2013
So, if Beyonce sings live, it’s AMAZING. And if she lip syncs, it’s equally AMAZING because it’s all about the performance. Piers Morgan was among those defending the lip syncing for some reason and was please to see Beyonce wield the anthem as a “screw you” to critics.
I probably need to unfollow ALL media at the Super Bowl now. I can only stand so many Beyonce tweets.—
RJ's Fro (@RJsFro) January 31, 2013
Beyonce, we all know you CAN sing it. But you didn't. That's the point.—
Kevin Baron (@FPBaron) January 31, 2013
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Update: About as surprising as the fact that Beyonce’s inauguration performance was prerecorded was the suggestion that the press’s questions were pre-approved.