Here’s Beyonce at the Super Bowl on Sunday, when she nearly tripped during a dance routine.
Beyonce knows that the show must go on.
Gravity, rogue fans and malfunctioning earpieces can’t stop the “Flawless” singer from performing like a pro.
Here are five times that Bey recovered from on-stage disasters without missing a beat.
1. Fan Girl
Beyonce didn’t get it twisted when her hair got sucked into a huge fan during a 2013 Montreal concert. She kept singing “Halo” like a pro as stagehands struggled to yank her strands from the whirling machine. She even poked fun at herself after the ordeal was over, posting a handwritten note to Instagram parodying her “Halo” lyrics:
“Gravity can’t begiiiiiiin/to pull me out of the fan again/I felt my hair was yankiiiiiiiin/From the fan that’s always hatiiiiiiiin,” she wrote. “I got snatched … goodnight all.”
2. Stage Dive
Beyonce was briefly yanked into the crowd by an overenthusiastic fan at a concert in 2013 in Brazil.
That wasn’t Beyonce’s only run-in with a crazed fan. The singer was belting “Irreplaceable” at a 2013 Brazil show when one overzealous Beehive member grabbed her around the waist and pulled her off stage. She got up and kept singing – and even told the security guards who stepped in to kick the interloper out that, “Hey, hey! It’s all right. Calm! Calm! Calm!” The class act even approached him after her song, asked his name, and said, “I love you, too.”
Her love is like XO.
3. Super Bowl Stumble
The Queen Bey almost fell out of “Formation” while performing at the Super Bowl 50 halftime show on Sunday night. She momentarily lost her footing after squatting and doing a backwards hop. But she managed to pinwheel her arms regained her balance – in platform heels, no less – to make the misstep look like it was all a part of the act.
The general consensus on social media was that, “Beyoncé didn’t almost fall. The earth just moved a little bit.”
4. Lend Me Your Earpiece
Queen Bey removed her earpiece and continued flawlessly as she sang the National Anthem at President Obama’s second inaugural.
Beyonce delivered a powerful rendition of the national anthem at President Obama’s second inauguration in 2013 – even after she pulled out her in-ear monitor while belting “The bombs bursting in air,” at around the 1:45 mark. She later said she was plagued with audio problems during the entire song, but no one watching her could tell.
5. Any Questions?
Beyonce also performed the anthem at the Super Bowl XLVII in 2013.
Speaking of that infamous inaugural performance, Beyonce was slammed for singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” along with a pre-recorded track of herself. The lip sync scandal threatened to slur her name just weeks before she performed at the 2013 Super Bowl half time show.
So Yonce silenced the haters the best way she knows how: By opening a press conference singing a “Flawless” a cappella version of the national anthem before asking the media, “Any questions?”