Beyonce shut it down during the Super Bowl halftime show — literally.
Only a few minutes after the pop superstar’s electrifying performance, which included a Destiny’s Child reunion, dazzling visual effects and light displays, and a medley of solo hits such as “Single Ladies” and “Crazy in Love,” about half of the lights at the 73,000-seat Superdome suddenly went out.
New Orleans is nothing if not a city used to running on generators, and there was sufficient backup power available to keep some of the lights on in the stadium. Nevertheless, the outage was extensive enough to temporarily disrupt the audio on CBS’ broadcast.
Announcers Jim Nantz and Phil Simms were cut off for most of the 34-minute blackout, leaving sideline reporter Steve Tasker to explain the situation to viewers (he described it as a “click of the lights”). While players from the Ravens and the 49ers tried to stay limber on the field, host James Brown helped fill the dead air with analysis of the game so far.