Bruce Arthur: The first thing Beyonce did when she strode out onto the stage 23 minutes late in an open-backed cream-coloured hip-hugging dress was sing The Star-Spangled Banner in front of a giant screen projecting the American flag, and the song was a great and soaring thing. And at the end of it she smiled and some of the people in the big room applauded, and she said, “any questions?” And people had some questions, which were apparently helpfully pre-approved by the NFL.
Beyonce is performing at the Super Bowl halftime show Sunday, and the questioners selected were from entertainment shows. “Hey, Beyonce, how are you, you look beautiful by the way,” began one lady from Entertainment Tonight, before prefacing her question with “do you feel any pressure, though you shouldn’t, after that wonderful performance you gave us …”
But they went for the metaphorical jugular — or the esophagus? — right away, asking Beyonce about her much-discussed lip-syncing at the Presidential Inauguration earlier this month.
“Well, I am a perfectionist,” said Beyonce, who in fairness did look rather perfect with her hair just so, “and, one thing about me, I practice until my feet bleed. I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra.
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