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You didn't have to be an American football fan to enjoy what was probably the most-watched part of yesterday's Superbowl in New Orleans – the halftime show starring Beyonce. Best of all, she brought two of her friends. 

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The highlight of Beyonce's Superbowl appearance was the reunion with her former group Destiny's Child. AFP

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Beyonce brings out Destiny's Child for Super Bowl

New Orleans, AFP – Pop diva Beyonce thrilled the Super Bowl crowd with a pyrotechnic half-time spectacular that doubled as a much-anticipated Destiny's Child reunion.

Fireworks burst into the sky from the Superdome field just vacated by the game-leading Baltimore Ravens and lagging San Franciso 49ers as the 31-year-old chart-topper took the stage with "Crazy in Love."

Blowing a kiss to the live television camera after her opening number, she looked relieved to get the much-hyped, 15-minute show under way, but the real treat came when Destiny's Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams joined her on stage.

They appeared in matching Rubin Singer black leather warrior-woman bodysuits and dizzying stilettos as did an ever-growing, all-female army of dancers, with musicians cast off on the sidelines.

"Bootylicious," "Halo" and "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" rounded out the greatest-hits performance with a sci-fi edge that set it apart from Madonna's hyperactive Super Bowl half-time effort last year.

"Thank you for this moment," a beaming Beyonce told the cheering crowd at the conclusion. "God bless you all."

Beyonce had promised to sing live at the Super Bowl, acknowledging that she had sung over a pre-recorded version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at President Barack Obama's second-term inauguration on January 21.

Singing the pre-game national anthem Sunday was Alicia Keys, performing solo at a grand piano, after Jennifer Hudson and the Sandy Hook Elementary School choir from Newtown, Connecticut sang "America the Beautiful."

The school was the scene of one of the worst mass murders in US history in December when a lone young gunman cut down 20 pupils and six teachers before taking his own life. He had earlier killed his mother at their home.

highlight – the most exciting, impressive, or interesting part of an event เหตุการณ์สำคัญ, จุดสำคัญ
appearance – an act of appearing in public การปรากฎตัว
reunion – a situation in which people meet each other again after a period of time when they have been separated การพบกันอีกครั้ง
diva – a famous female singer
thrill – to cause to become excited in a pleasant way ทำให้ตื่นเต้น
pyrotechnic – involving fireworks การเล่นดอกไม้เพลิง
spectacular – a large and impressive public event or performance การแสดงหรือภาพที่น่าตื่นเต้น,ประทับใจ
double – to have a second use or function as well as the main one ทวีคูณ
anticipated – creating a feeling of excitement about something enjoyable that is going to happen soon รอคอยอย่างคาดหวัง
firework – an object that explodes when you light it and produces coloured lights and loud noise – ดอกไม้ไฟ, ดอกไม้เพลิง, พลุ
burst – to break open suddenly because there is too much pressure inside or against โพล่ง, แตก, ระเบิด
vacate – to leave a place ออกจาก, ออกไปจาก, ย้ายออก
lag – to move or develop slowly or more slowly than others; to fall behind   ล้าหลัง, พัฒนาอย่างเชื่องช้า
chart-topper – of an person, company, etc. that sells more songs, movies, products, etc. than anyone else
relieved – happy that something unpleasant has not happened or has ended โล่งใจ, เบาใจ, หมดกังวล, ผ่อนคลาย
get underway – to start happening  เริ่มเกิดขึ้น
hype – to advertise or talk about something a lot and exaggerate  in order to get a lot of public attention ทำให้ตื่นเต้น, โฆษณาชวนเชื่อ
treat – a special and enjoyable occasion or experience โอกาสพิเศษ
mate – a person you share an activity or accommodation with; a friend ,เพื่อนร่วม, เพื่อน
bandmate – a member of the same band as you
appear – to go to a place and be seen there ปรากฏตัว
match – to be the same as or very similar to something else เท่าเทียมกันกับ,  เท่ากันกับ
dizzying – so exciting, unusual, impressive, etc. that it makes you feel dizzy (เวียนศีรษะ) or very surprised
stiletto – a woman's shoe with a very high narrow heel; the heel on such a shoe  รองเท้าส้นเข็ม
cast off – to be put in a less important position
sidelines – on the outside of an event เส้นข้าง
sci-fi (science fiction) – a type of book, film/movie, etc. that is based on imagined scientific discoveries of the future, and often deals with space travel and life on other planets  นวนิยายวิทยาศาสตร์
edge – a strong, often exciting, quality ความกระฉับกระเฉง
set apart – to make somebody/something different from or better than others แยกจาก
hyperactive – extremely active; too active ซึ่งกระทำมากเกินไป
beaming – smiling widely and happily ยิ้มแย้มแจ่มใส
conclusion – the final part of something; the end of something การจบ, การสิ้นสุดลง
live – happening now, i.e., not recorded earlier ถ่ายทอดสด
acknowledge – to accept or admit that something exists, is true or is real ยอมรับ
inauguration – an official ceremony to celebrate that someone is starting an important new job พิธีสาบานตนเข้ารับตำแหน่ง
national anthem – the official national song of a country เพลงชาติ
solo – done alone กระทำเพียงคนเดียว, กระทำเพียงฝ่ายเดียว
elementary school – a school for children between the ages of about 6 and 11 or 12 โรงเรียนประถม
choir – a group of people who sing together, for example in church services or public performances คณะประสานเสียง
scene – site; a place where something happens or happened สถานที่เกิดเหตุ
mass murder – the intentional killing of many people at the same time

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