She was under pressure to deliver a brilliant performance at Sunday's Super Bowl following the recent lip syncing controversy at President Obama's Inauguration. And Beyonce took to the stage with trademark style, with an all-singing, all-dancing spectacular greatest hits set for the half time show, which culminated in her being joined on stage by Destiny's Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. The 31-year-old singer sported a plunging leather Rubin Singer corset and skirt which she stripped off to reveal a lace underlay during a slick, energetic show packed with special effects at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
However, her show may have taken up a large amount of electricity, with the power in the stadium going out shortly after the 14 minute set.
She emerged onstage singing lines from her R&B hit Love on Top under a giant lit up silhouette of herself, with a group of fans running on to the field to watch next to the lit up stage in the shape of two facing profiles of the singer.
Black over-the-knee socks over fishnet tights and high heeled ankle boots completed Beyonce's sexy outfit designed by little known New York based Rubin Singer.
The stage was dark while fire and lights burst from the sides as she began hit Crazy in Love, complete with a guitar flaming as it played out its solo.
The clearly pumped up star even blew a kiss to the crowd, before beginning her show in front of fireworks and light effects on video screens.
Beyonce's spectacular performance provided an elaborate contrast to the on-field sporting action between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers, with special effects including a light show, fireworks, and kaleidoscopic multiple video footage of the star.
There was a backing track to help fill in when she wasn't singing - and there were long stretches when she let it play as she performed elaborate dance moves with a swarm of background dancers and band members.
Beyonce performed a number of hits including End of Time, and Baby Boy before being joined by Michelle and Kelly who wore similar revealing black outfits.
Kelly sported a leather Emilio Pucci leotard with identical stockings and boots, while Michelle sported a ultra short black miniskirt over her slinky leather number.
Michelle had previously denied the band would reunite for the event, saying she had a prior commitment to appear in the musical Fela.
So there was clear delight from the crowd when they took the stage, singing with the diva on their massive hits Bootylicious and Independent Woman, along with Beyonce's smash hit Single Ladies.
However, the trio left out their more recent effort, the slow number Nuclear - the first new Destiny’s Child recording in eight years, which was released last month.
But after the show, there were rumblings from critics and fans that Kelly and Michelle's vocals were unable to be heard over Beyonce's.
To close the 14-minute set, Williams and Rowland left Beyonce to perform emotional show-stopper Halo.
Me and my entourage: Beyoncé was flanked by a group of equally-sexy dancers as they performed a carefully rehearsed routine
She asked the crowd to put their hands toward her as she sang the slow groove on bended knee - and that's when she the performance hit its high note.
'Thank you for this moment,' she told the crowd. 'God bless y'all.'
The pressure may have been on, but Beyonce looked happy and confident throughout, showing no sign of nerves despite the size of the occasion, with many non-football fans tuning in just to see her half time show.
The star was performing in front of up an estimated 76,468 people - the seating capacity of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome - as well as millions more throughout the world.
The Ravens ended up narrowly beating the 49ers 34 points to 31.
Beyonce was the star feature following earlier performances by Alicia Keys who sung the National Anthem, and Jennifer Hudson who performed America The Beautiful before kick off.
She later posted a tribute to her fellow performers, writing: 'What a proud day for AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN!!!!!'
'Kelly, Michelle, Alicia, Jhud. You are all beautiful, talented and showed so much class! It was an honour to perform at the Super Bowl with you phenomenal ladies. Love Beyonce.'
And her husband Jay-Z was supporting his wife from the stands, with Rowland posting a photograph of Beyonce receiving a congratulatory hug from the rapper backstage.