After years of struggling to find a performer that resonates with fans, both young and old, it seems like the folks in charge of Super Bowl XLVII have finally found that perfect mix. Pop and R&B living legend Beyonce will take center stage in New Orleans this year, performing a set that will surely satisfy everyone in attendance.
The "Crazy in Love" singer has been belting out hits since the late 1990s, first with the legendary girl group Destiny's Child and then with a wildly successful solo career coming thereafter. According to the New York Times, Beyonce has sold over 75 million records worldwide and has also appeared in films like Dreamgirls and Cadillac Records.
If the rumor mill is to be believed, Beyonce, who has been in the news lately thanks to her lip-synching of the "Star Spangled Banner" (h/t New York Daily News) at President Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony, will be joined by some of her old friends at the Super Bowl.
She'll also possibly be making some new ones.
Who in the blue blazes are these friends I'm referring to? Here is a complete look at all the latest show spoilers and news regarding the 2013 Super Bowl halftime show, featuring Beyonce.
50 Fans to Join Beyonce on the Stage for Her Performance
Following years of relative indifference toward the Super Bowl performers, Beyonce and Pepsi are making sure that the fans are more engaged than ever. The cola brand, which signed Beyonce to a $50 million endorsement deal in December, ran a contest for certain lucky fans to join the singer onstage for her performance.
According to Pepsi's official website, fans were encouraged to submit pictures of themselves doing specific poses. The 50 winners of the contest are set to appear in a Pepsi commercial before Beyonce's performance and will (along with one friend per winner) introduce the pop legend to kick off her set.
While the promotion ended on Jan. 21, you can still take a look at the rules and poses done by previous daily winners on the contest's website. Here is where I would normally make fun of people for embarrassing themselves to meet a celebrity, but it's Beyonce. No explanation necessary, folks.
Odds for Beyonce's First Song Performed Have Been Released
After the fans are done introducing Beyonce, it will be time for the singer to hit the stage. But with so many hits in her repertoire, which song will she start out with? Well, as we probably should have expected, the Vegas oddsmakers have a prop bet for those gambling folks.
Here is a look at the favorites, via PayneInsider.com's Twitter feed:
Beyonce #SuperBowl Prop Bet (First Halftime Song): Crazy in Love +200, Love on Top +200, Run The World +300, Halo +300, Single Ladies +400.— PayneInsider.com (@PayneInsider) January 22, 2013
Of the odds listed, the two best bets are "Crazy in Love" and "Single Ladies." Beyonce isn't going to start with a somber number like "Halo" or "Love on Top," and "Run the World" was only a mild hit, relatively speaking.
On the other hand, "Single Ladies" is arguably her biggest hit. Starting with "Single Ladies" would catch the entire Mercedes-Benz Superdome's attention, with middle-aged construction workers and screaming preteens both doing their best impressions of Beyonce's legendary dance from the music video.
"Crazy in Love" is an equally big hit and her first career single, but it's an even more exciting choice because it features one Shawn Corey Carter, better known as "Jay-Z"—part-owner of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets, rapper extraordinaire and Beyonce's husband.
Super Bowl performances are always full of surprises, so what better way to start one off than with a feature from arguably the most famous artist in hip-hop history. Smart money hedges between "Single Ladies" and "Crazy in Love," but something tells me we'll be kicking off the performance with a husband and wife duo on stage.
Destiny's Child to Join Beyonce Midway Through Show, Perform New Single
Beyonce better hope she has something else up her sleeve, because the biggest surprise of her performance has already been leaked. According to Us Weekly (and just about every other major publication on the planet), Beyonce will be joined on the stage by the group that made her famous, Destiny's Child.
Comprised of Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, Destiny's Child released four studio albums as a group and has sold over 50 million records worldwide. The group disbanded in 2006 after a performance at the NBA All-Star Game, with each going on to have varied success in their respective solo careers.
Well, a little less than seven years later, they're back.
The group will be releasing a greatest-hits compilation titled Love Songs on Jan. 29, just days before the Super Bowl. That compilation album will also feature the group's first new material since 2004, a song titled "Nuclear," which they will perform during Beyonce's set, according to Us Weekly:
Insiders tell Us the "Crazy in Love" singer will open the much-anticipated show solo; midway through her performance, Williams and Rowland will appear onstage and launch into a short medley of the group's hits, culminating in a brand-new song, "Nuclear," their first original material in more than eight years.
For those looking for a little taste of what to expect, here is the studio version of the single:
With the reunion and new song confirmed, only one question remains: Are you ready for all this jelly?