In 2003, Grammy Award winner Beyoncé told Reuters that she had come to dislike the word bootylicious, the title of the Destiny’s Child hit from the group’s 2001 album Survivor.
But Beyoncé put her differences aside Sunday night when performing the halftime set at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans. “Bootylicious” is the first song she performed during her Destiny’s Child reunion with Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.
“To be honest, I hate the word,” she told Reuters in 2003. “I wrote it because I was gaining weight, and I felt like for all the people that feel like I do right now … But now everywhere I go, everybody is saying, ‘booty-this’ and ‘booty-thyat’ and it’s really irritating.”
More than 10 years since the release of the song, the trio looked even better. In the “Bootylicious” video, they were dressed in bright colors and Beyoncé even wore a gold tooth. Sunday night, they each sizzled with form fitting leather leotards.
Seven minutes into Beyoncé’s pyrotechnic heavy, dance-filled routine, Destiny’s Child members Rowland and Williams emerged, propelled from below the stage, debunking rumors that their reunion would not happen.
Rowland and Williams had a commanding presence on stage with Beyoncé.
Surprisingly, they only sang two Destiny’s Child songs, “Bootylicious” and “Independent Women,” shattering talk of a performance of “Nuclear,” their subpar new song from their recently released album Love Songs.
Rowland and Williams did help Beyoncé perform her hit “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It),” each snagging solo parts, in traditional Destiny’s Child style.
Otherwise, aside from Beyoncé’s introduction on a pillar and the impressive, flame-traced silhouette in her likeness, her Pepsi-sponsored set is best described as a teaser clip of her past tours and award show performances.
The opening song “Crazy In Love” capitalized on her trademark, runway walk. For “End Of Time” she highlighted various sections of her all female band, and for “Baby Boy,” she revisited the concept of her 2011 Billboard Music Awards performance where she danced in synch with projections on a screen behind her.
After “Single Ladies,” she kneeled at the edge of the stage to sing “Halo” to her audience, as the high-powered stage fans blew her hair.
While it was entertaining, it didn’t live up to all of the lead up hype, $50 million deal with Pepsi, post-inauguration lip synch backlash, rehearsal footage previews or press conference a cappella.
It would have been great to see Jay-Z join her on stage for one of their songs.
In the week leading up to the Super Bowl performance, Beyoncé offered some insight into what she would deliver on stage.
Beyoncé made it clear that she had every intention to sing without a backing track as she did at President Barack Obama’s inauguration.
“I will absolutely be singing live,” she said during her Super Bowl press conference Thursday. “I am well rehearsed and will absolutely be singing life. This is what I was born to do. What I was born for.”
Though Beyoncé was hesitant to confirm that Destiny’s Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams would be joining her on stage for a reunion, she did talk about recently recording together the song “Nuclear” for the group’s album, Love Songs, that was released Tuesday.
“It was so exciting to hear us together again,” she said. “I just kinda dropped on the floor and kinda felt like a little teenager again when I heard us harmonize. There’s nothing like our connection and the sisterhood we have, so it’s always such a pleasure to be around them professionally and personally.”
Beyoncé will premiere her documentary, Life Is But A Dream, on HBO on February 16.