How Beyonce Ruled the Weekend

Blowing Coldplay away at Super Bowl was just the start
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2016 4:26 AM CST
How Beyoncé Ruled the Weekend
Beyonce performs during halftime of Super Bowl 50.   (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Beyonce not only stole the Super Bowl halftime show from Coldplay with a dazzling performance of her provocative new single "Formation," she made nearly as many headlines as the Denver Broncos' surprise win over the Carolina Panthers. A roundup:

  • Vox looks at how Beyonce—who appeared "flanked by black women back-up dancers with fros and Black Panther-adjacent uniforms"—transformed the event into a "distinctly political act."
  • At Vulture, Lindsay Zoladz looks at just how radical the performance was and declares: "If Trump gets elected, I'm not moving to Canada—I'm moving to Beyonce's utopia."

  • On Saturday, Beyonce surprised everybody by releasing "Formation," her first new song since 2014, along with a stunning video. At the New York Times, critics discussed the song and the video's "high-level, visually striking, Black Lives Matter-era allegory."
  • The Washington Post reports on accusations of plagiarism Beyonce had to deal with before Sunday's show.
  • Before the show, "crazy in love" Jay Z sent his wife 10,000 roses, reports the New York Daily News.
  • An already notorious line from "Formation" has yet to draw a response from Red Lobster, Fader notes.
  • NPR looks at how "Formation"—with vivid imagery that included references to Hurricane Katrina—has already become an "anthem for black women."
  • As if the halftime show, the new single, and the new video weren't enough, the star also announced a "Formation" world tour with a Super Bowl ad, reports Pitchfork. She also announced the #BeyGood initiative to help people affected by the Flint water crisis.
(Read more Beyonce stories.)

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