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Okay, we admit it. When Beyoncé‘s name was announced as a co-bill for Coldplay‘s Halftime performance at Super Bowl 50, it felt kind of like Bill Clinton stepping in to endorse Jim Webb for President. Who is Jim Webb, you might ask? Our point exactly. The regal co-sign only served to underscore the weak voter turnout for the main candidate–the lack of appetite for the main course, if you will. Then in reaction to the ubiquitous “meh”s a Bruno Mars cameo was teased, confirming in many people’s minds (guilty) that the SB50 halftime spread would be a reheated smorgasbord of the NFL’s greatest hits of the last few years.
But we should have known better than to think that Queen Bey could ever be an also-ran. Bruno Mars fulfilled his assigned role as a crowd-engaging celebrity guest. But the ‘supporting act’ memo clearly did not circulate all the way to the top of the Bey-hive. And even if it had…She was already a headliner when she woke up that morning. If Chris Martin & Co. had anything in their Super Bowl than Beyoncé single-fingeredly stealing the show with her MJ tribute, her Formation tour announcement, her 1968-Olypmics-meets-S1W acknowledgment of The Black Panthers and her overwhelming Bey-ocity, then their plans clearly went disastrously, gloriously off-script. But assuming their plan all along was to run for President and then be like, Psyche! We give all our votes to Bill Clinton! Well then…well done, Coldplay. If you missed it all go down on live TV, catch up below: