After last week's controversy over lip-syncing at Obama's Inauguration (turns out she did), the pressure was on for Beyonce to wow during the next major event on the American calendar: The Super Bowl.
And the consensus from the interweb? She impressed. Boy, did she impress! She even blew a fuse. Shaun of the Dead director, Edgar Wright summed up the mood of stunned appreciation on Twitter with a reference to classic Destiny's Child "They were right. I wasn't ready for that jelly. Wow." With a little more time for reflection, Amanda Dobbins of New York Magazine, still managed to convey the same excitement: "Beyonce is a spectacle. She is a force of nature. She was put on the Earth to stomp around in giant gladiator heels an shake it to the "uh oh"s while giant fireballs launch into the stadium sky. Luckily, this is exactly the sort of thing that happens at the Superbowl..."
It wasn't all Beyonce worship, however. Julia Turner of Slate magazine interpreted the performance as a slight on the rest of Destiny's Child and perfectionists @Popjustice felt Beyonce was "about an inch too far to the left during the Charlie's Angels post bit."
Some other responses:
@ddlovato [Demi Lovato]: Good GOD Beyonce is one of the greatest performers to have ever walked this planet.. She's KILLING IT!!!!!
@hitRECordJoe [Joseph Gordon-Levitt]: "Beyoncé half-time show was the best one in years! Rivaled Prince, rivaled MJ, in my opinion. Busby Berkeley brilliance."
@KimKardashian: "I heard there was this little football game at the Beyonce concert today....Is that true? #BeyonceBowl
@FLOTUS [Michelle Obama]: "Watching the #SuperBowl with family & friends. @Beyonce was phenomenal! I am so proud of her! - mo"
@jodieharsh: Who designed Beyonce's outfit? I want it. (don't say her Mum) j#BeyonceBowl
@usainbolt: "Game over..Beyonce win #superbowl47
@SteveMartinToGo: "Congratulations to Beyonce, famous for her appearance with me in Pink Panther 1"