The singer, who guested on their recent single ‘Hymn For The Weekend’, arrived on stage with a group of dancers for a scene-stealing, highly politicised performance.
Coldplay opened the half-time show with lead singer Chris Martin kneeling on the field at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California singing the first lines of ‘Yellow’ before transitioning into ‘Viva La Vida’.
Coldplay then gave up the spotlight for Mark Ronson to hit the stage with Bruno Mars for a rendition of their massive hit ‘Uptown Funk’.
Beyoncé then appeared on the field with a team of dancers to perform her new single ‘Formation’ for the first time. She released the song and video unannounced just a day earlier.
The singer narrowly avoided falling during her energetic dance routine. She visibly lost her balance but composed herself in time to continue with the performance without missing a beat.
Many pointed out that Bey’s outfit was a homage to Michael Jackson’s look at the 1993 Super Bowl show.
Beyonce is matching Michael Jackson aw pic.twitter.com/2rWVJNtiRF
— Ky (@Kylalala_7) February 8, 2016
And her dancers were dressed as Black Panthers in one of the most political Super Bowl shows ever.
— . (@pettyyonceh) February 8, 2016
After a dance battle between Beyoncé and Mars, the pair were joined by Martin for a final chorus of ‘Uptown Funk’ before Coldplay reclaimed the stage to perform ‘Fix You’.
The song accompanied a montage of clips of half-time shows from previous Super Bowls, including performances by Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and U2.
The show concluded with fireworks and the message ‘Believe in Love’ spelled out on a rainbow background over half of the stadium seating.
The LGBT message wasn’t lost on anyone.
#LGBT tribute at the Super Bowl 😭😭😭😭😭😭
— baby bump (@robbinsanatomy) February 8, 2016
Oh, there was also an American Football match. The Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers apparently.