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Beyoncé was the real MVP of Super Bowl 50

Judith Lynch

The announced headliner of the Super Bowl 50 halftime show was Coldplay, with special guests Bruno Mars and Beyoncé. But by the end of the show, we all know who the real star was — and it wasn’t these guys (although those Nike Cortezes were hot).



And, despite the enthusiasm, Chris Martin clearly wasn't the one.


It was Queen Bey.


And she didn’t just show up, she showed out. With her dancers sporting attire clearly inspired by the Black Panthers (and a nod to her daughter, Blue Ivy, on the drums), Beyoncé performed the song that she unleashed on the world not even a smooth 24 hours earlier: "Formation."


She hit that field and snatched everyone's attention.


Singing about collard greens, hot sauce and a "Negro nose" with Jackson 5 nostrils, she lined everybody up right quick with a primetime lesson on what's what. She came to slay.

Beyoncé's performance was energetic and inspiring. Even in a moment that would have spelled disaster for lesser performers.


Graceful as ever, she even guided Coldplay's Martin in to catch a little bit of her shine.


But at the end of the day, it's clear who the real MVP was.