Beyoncéwas outstanding at last night’s Super Bowl, you’ll get no argument from us! But in case you want to appreciate her performance in its greater cultural, political, and musical context, check out Ann Powers’ piece for NPR. A favorite quote of ours:
It isn’t easy to be the ultimate within a music industry that’s all about fragmentation and diminishing returns. But Beyonce is old-fashioned that way. She believes in spectacle, and in being singular, and in uplifting those around her by inimitable example. She believes, Praise Beysus, in nailing it. And she did.
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