Whether you enjoy pop music or not, Beyonce's performance during the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show on Sunday stacked up to the Big Game.
The former member of Destiny's Child not only possessed the attitude, confidence and pizzazz needed for the Super Bowl, but she quieted any criticism she received after singing over a pre-recorded vocal track during President Obama's inauguration last month.
The Super Bowl halftime show has had its fair share of blunders throughout the years. Madonna's performance last year was widely criticized, and we all remember the infamous "wardrobe malfunction" featuring Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake in 2004.
Previous performances during the halftime show have never been short of theatrics. There would be nothing wrong with that, if all the acts lived up to the hype.
But all too often, it's more about shock and awe during the Super Bowl halftime show than the actual performance by the musicians themselves. It has led to a lot of criticism throughout the years.
America deserves more than excitement. The country deserves a show with some depth, as well.
Beyonce, who was very vocal about giving everyone a performance to remember before Super Bowl XLVII, certainly showed depth. Her emotion out on the stage wasn't fake. You could tell she set out to prove something to everyone on Sunday night, perhaps driven by the criticism she received during the president's inauguration.
There is a lot of huffing and puffing in the music world, and all too often musicians don't back up their words with their performances.
But Beyonce did just that on Sunday night, showing her stardom was well-deserved. She had just the right amount of attitude, without looking like yet another star with a bloated ego. She knew what she could bring to the Super Bowl halftime show, and she proved it.
Pop music in general tends to split people in two different directions, but I think everyone can agree that Beyonce is a star in her own right after what she showed in Super Bowl XLVII.