Super Bowl Halftime Show 2013: Breaking Down Beyonce's Reported Set List

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJanuary 30, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20:  Recording artist Beyonce attends the basketball game between the New York Knicks and the New Jersey Nets at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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For the people who aren't interested in the Super Bowl, the Halftime Show becomes the most-anticipated part of the event. The NFL is rolling out the red carpet for Beyonce this year and her set list is starting to leak out. 

According to a report from Us Magazine, Beyonce will do a medley of songs that includes her single "Crazy In Love" and then she will be joined by Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland to perform "Bills, Bills, Bills," "Survivor" and their new track called "Nuclear."

The reunion of Destiny's Child is going to be a huge hook for the female audience that grew up on their songs in the late 1990s and early 2000s. But even without that, Beyonce is one of the biggest recording artists in the world and knows how to put on a show. 

Going over that set list, it does seem a little strange that there is not more to it than that. I understand there are only 12 minutes to perform, but doesn't that feel a little light for a Halftime Show?

I can't believe Jay-Z won't make an appearance at some point.  For example, during "Crazy In Love" as he does have a big part in that song. Perhaps they are saving his appearance as a surprise, or maybe everyone expects it so much that they don't feel the need to announce it. 

Moving to the next portion of the set list, the Destiny's Child reunion can be made into a big deal. There was a time—a decade ago—when they were one of the biggest groups in the world. 

Even people who don't listen to R&B music have at least heard "Bills, Bills, Bills" for a few seconds. It is smart for the group to start out with the familiar songs, rather than jumping right into the new stuff. 

There might be some artists who would be tempted to unleash their new material in the middle of a set to show people that it is part of their repertoire. 

Of course, there are a lot of benefits in making the new song the closing number. It keeps that song fresh in peoples' minds, making it so that they get more excited for the release of the new album. 

All in all, Beyonce is bringing out the big stuff for what is sure to be a memorable appearance at the Super Bowl. She is not going to make a spectacle of the moment by doing something stupid, a la Janet Jackson, and she is smart enough to know what will and won't work with the crowd. 

Hopefully we will be talking about an historic Halftime Show performance instead of having to tear it apart, like we did when the Black Eyed Peas were on the stage a few years ago. 


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