Beyonce made a grand entrance at Superbowl 50 with a spectacular Pepsi halftime show on Sunday, Feb. 7 in Santa Clara California. The singer released a music video for her song “Formation” the night before the big game with imagery about Hurricane Katrina and police violence. One scene in the video depicts a young African-American boy wearing a hoodie who stands before a line of police officers wearing riot gear. The boy puts his hands in the air as the words “stop shooting us” appears written on a behind him. Queen Bey also made bold fashion statements in the video. She wears a white high colloar Gucci dress and sings in the chorus. “I’m so reckless when I rock my Givenchy dress.”
Beyonce wore a DSquared2 leather jacket which was inspired by Michael Jackson’s iconic uniform when he performed at the Superbowl. The megastar told Entertainment Tonight that she was satified with her performance. “I wanted people to feel proud … and have love for themselves,” she said. Beyonce was joined at Levi’s Stadium by a bevy of beautiful backup dancers who wore black berets and natural hairstyles. The dancers also appeared in a photo with their fists raised with one holding up a sign that read, “Justice 4 Mario Woods”. The unarmed 26-year-old black man was shot by police in San Francisco last year. There was some controversy about the singer’s live performance because her dancers formed an “X” symbol on the field which may have been a tribute to slain civil rights leader Malcolm X. The backup dancers also were allegedly dressed like the Black Panthers to honor the anniversary of the organization which was formed by Huey Newton in San Francisco.
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani criticized the performance Monday on Fox News, calling the singer’s Superbowl performance an attack on police. “This is football, not Hollywood, and I thought it was really outrageous that she used it as a platform to attack police officers who are the people who protect her and protect us and keep us alive,” he said, and added that the performance should have been “decent” and “wholesome.” One “anti-Beyonce” rally has already been planned to be held at NFL headquarters in New York City on Feb. 16. Beyonce’s tour tickets went on pre-sale Tuesday in select cities.
Lady Gaga stood out in a custom red Gucci suit with rainbow heels as she sang the National Anthem. The Academy Award nominated popstar donned glitter eyeshadow and a bold blonde hairstyle. Coldplay kicked off the much hyped halftime performance with frontman Chris Martin wearing colorful sneakers designed by his children and labels on his pants with their names. Bruno Mars joined the band on stage to sing a live rendition of their smash hit “Uptown Funk”, while wearing a black vinyl outfit. Superbowl 50 was the third most watched television event in history with 111.9 million viewers. Beyonce also announced her “Formation” world tour after her historic night.
Superstars like Pharrell Williams, Kate Hudson, Nick Jonas, Ludacris and Victoria Secret Supermodel Adriana Lima flocked parties during the weekend. Directv hosted a bash with a live performance by Run DMC. Vanity Fair, Maxim and Rollingstone Live also held their own soirees. Celebrity’s, NFL Players, SF Locals, and avid football fans also celebrated for a two night mega party during Superbowl weekend at the 13th annual Leather & Laces. Notables included hosts Alessandra Ambrosio, Emily Ratajkowski, Shaquille O’Neil, Andrew Sendejo, Adrian Ross, Daryl Johnson, and Cage The Elephant.
Emily Ratajkowski arrived dressed in a gorgeous leather gown by Alexander Wang. Alessandra Ambrosio arrived shortly there after looking stunning in a black dress with cut-outs and silver embellishment. Emily headed straight for Alessandra’s cabana for some girl talk. The two mingled and were seen dancing and laughing for the remainder of the night. Emmanuelle Chriqui arrived looking chic as always wearing an all black dress that had a leather bottom. She joked, “ I’m scoring major points by being here as my boyfriend is a huge football fan.” Emmanuelle went straight for Jeremy Piven for a huge welcoming hug. The two were seen together all night mingling and sipping on Medea Vodka. At one point the two were up on stage mixing some beats at the DJ table! Guests were seeing enjoying drinks provided by Monster Energy and Medea Vodka. Additional sponsors for the night included Sushi Confidential, Sqor.com, 99.7 Now, Bauers Transportation and Mymojo.com
Beyonce’s stylist, Ty Hunter is officially launching his selfie Ty-Lite for iPhone 6 during NYFW. VIP guests will enjoy exclusive first access to the Ty-Lite pop up shop on Feb. 12.