Beyoncé's Super Bowl halftime performance, or what esteemed football scholars are already calling the greatest interception in NFL history, was nothing short of show stopping. Literally, show stopping. The power went out at the Superdome following her medley of hits AND THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU FORCE HER TO SING LIVE, AMERICA, SHE TAKES AWAY YOUR FOOTBALL.
“It's a live television show, it's the biggest show in America, and there's so many things that could happen and God was on my side," the singer told omg! Insider's Kevin Frazier. "So I'm very, very happy that it went well and the power went out after [not during].”
And so are we Bey. Bey-cause you crushed it. You shut it down.
While this might be the first time Beyoncé left us in the dark with her talent, here are the five other performances that could just as easily cut the cord on whatever laptop or cell phone screen you're watching them from.
1. "Crazy In Love" from her I Am…World Tour
Let's just get this out of the way. "Crazy In Love" was Beyoncé's first solo single and it is her best. It's where she started, the origin of her funky sense of sound, and as this video proves, it also shows how far she's come as a performer and how the track only got better with age.
2. "Run the World (Girls)" at the Billboard Music Awards 2011
Vocalist. Dancer. Artist. Facial Expressionist Virtuoso. Beyoncé added SoulCycle instructor to her ever-growing resumé with this sweaty adrenaline-filled performance of "Run the World (Girls)" that featured a 50+ army of Beyoncés going absolutely H.A.M.M.M.M.M.M.M.M. (the video clones utilized rightfully call for more than just one "motherf**ker").
3. "Halo" acoustic at National University Hospital in Singapore
During the lip-syncing fiasco that had people questioning Bey's pipes, head to the left, to the left and check out this video. Without her brassy all-female backing band, crazy pyrotechnics, or bossy choreography, you really get to see the singer in charge of her primary instrument. To quote the Queen, "Any questions?"
4. "Love On Top" at the MTV VMAs 2011
Beyoncé sent this sparkling feel-good song out of the stratosphere when she revealed in the clip's final frame that she was pregnant the entire time. To recap: Beyoncé can hit all those notes totally in tune in five-inch heels while pregnant, and I can't even walk and put on a jacket at the same time.
5. Super Bowl XLVII, better known as The Beyoncé Extraordinaire I
Guilty. This list was going to be five performances OTHER than the Super Bowl, but by the end of this post, that just felt sacrilegious. The 15-minute performance operated like a Greatest Hits montage of a Beyoncé concert—a slice of all the singer's tropes. "Single Ladies" choreography, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams being shot forth from the Earth's mantle, throwing up the Roc, an infantry of Beyoncés, hair blowing everywhere, to name a few. Unfortunately there's no video for this yet, probably because the Internet needs to make sure it has enough electricity on the grid to power it first, so just close your eyes and relive it through your fierce memories as it was intended.