Coldplay may have been the main act for Superbowl 2016, but it was his guest, Beyoncé, who made headlines.
Beyoncé’s performance of “Formation” was criticised by politicians and pundits, with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani going so far as to say: “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.”
Beyoncé performed her set at the Superbowl 50 in a police-themed costume, with some backup dancers holding up signs saying “Justice for Mario Woods.” Mario Woods was killed in San Francisco, California by police officers in December 2015.
The diva from Houston is no stranger to police state-themed videos and performances. If you remember, Beyoncé’s “Run The World” was also full of military-state imagery, among other visuals. Her 2010 Grammy Awards performance also had a police state-themed feel. Beyoncé has also created other music videos that touch on political issues, controversial themes, or anarchy such as her collaboration with Lady Gaga, “Telephone.”
The star posts a lot of photos from New Orleans, as well as issues close to an African-American’s heart. Her Instagram account is full of photos communicating these themes. As to whether she has a political agenda to push, the A-Lister has not explicitly spoken about it. Either she’s just living out her line from “Run The World” which says “My persuasion can build a nation,” or she’s really just pushing artistic boundaries.
In any case, the star dropped an unlisted video for “Formation” just before the Superbowl 50 performance, and used the mega event to promote her upcoming “Formation” tour. Note the New Orleans imagery, as well as the highlights on racial issues, especially on black slavery.
Beyoncé was tapped by Coldplay to perform with them for the Superbowl 2016 Halftime Show, along with Bruno Mars.