Halo- 2008 or 2009.
Beyonce` live and unplugged. Excellent showcase of her raw vocals.
Her powerful and emotive rendition of a Prince classic and a Kings of Leon hit is a great testament to Beyonce’s versatility genre-wise. It stirs me every time. I go to another place when I hear this.
This performance is great, not because it’s the coveted Superbowl national anthem spot, but because she didn’t ruin it by over-singing as anticipated. I thought Bey was going to do a lot of vocal acrobatics because she has a tendency for it and every Superbowl singer does so in an attempt to match the greatness of Whitney Houston’s appearance, but Bey was smart enough to realize the best way to remotely reach Whitney was to scale back and keep it classy. All bias aside, Bey’s interpretation of the U.S. national anthem was the closest to Whitney’s since. This moment was especially memorable for fans as Bey won her first round of multiple Grammys that same month.
“Why Don’t You Love Me?” is one of Beyonce’s most underrated songs. The harmonies are terrific on the studio version, and the lyrics are great and relatable to many. In her 1st performance of this song, Bey is soulful, vivacious and takes us to church. I love the unfiltered energy and love the band even more. Her all-female band shows out.
This performance got a lot of attention because she revealed her baby bump for the 1st time publicly, but the bump wasn’t the only star in this show. Her vocals are INSANE here. Towards the end of the song, the chorus is repeated with quick, modulating key changes, which is very difficult to sing as the notes are high and maintaining breath and correct pitch is tasking. With not as much as a neck vein showing, Bey effortlessly delivers.
Honestly, this says everything by itself. Another piece of footage with raw, passionate vocals, its proof of how strong Bey’s chops are.
Bey makes a potent attempt to fill the shoes of the almighty Tina Turner for her Kennedy Center induction without losing a single breath or missing a beat.
Turning one of her dance hits into an elegant ballad and covering an Anita Baker classic, Beyonce` again displays her versatility and includes one of her best written songs.
Backed by the famous Roots band, Bey holds her own with an intriguing and refreshing jazz-funk arrangement of her pop single.
Vocally, this performance wasn’t as crisp; Beyonce` normally does not perform with a head-set. I included this performance more so for the great feministic monologue at the beginning and the tribute paid to her by Michelle Obama and Barbara Striesand, among others. It’s a telling example of her impact.