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Beyoncé at Halftime: Divalicious & Hooftastic, Says PEOPLE's Music Critic | Beyonce Knowles

Beyoncé's Halftime Performance Was Divalicious & Hooftastic

Originally posted 02/04/2013 08:40AM

As soon as she first opened her mouth to do an almost-a cappella bit of "Love on Top," one thing was clear: Beyoncé was singing live.

And that was the case for the rest of her dynamic, divalicious Super Bowl halftime show.

Indeed, by the time Beyoncé slowed it down for the last number, "Halo," you could hear her running out of breath a bit from all the energetic, intricate choreography.

To make it further evident that this was not a repeat of her lip-synching the national anthem at the inauguration two weeks ago, she also punctuated her performance with many exhortations of the crowd for obvious effect.

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