Top 10 Beyoncé Moments in Sports
Not exactly the highest point in Queen Bey's career, but still notable nonetheless. It wasn't Destiny's Child's singing or dancing that got Philly fans all riled up at the 2001 NBA Finals. Apparently it was Michelle Williams' Lakers outfit that made 76ers fans—who were insulted that the performer would show the rival team love—boo after the group performed "Bootylicious."
Beyoncé wore a one-piece, sequined swimsuit version of James Harden's Houston Rockets jersey on-stage during the 2015 Made in America Festival in Philadelphia. “I got so many tweets and pictures sent to my phone about that,” Harden said. He also approved via Instagram, stating "Bey got too much swagger in that jersey!!"
Beyoncé first got her Super Bowl feet wet back in 2003 when she took the stage with venerable guitartist and songwriter Carlos Santana to perform a spirited version of "Oye Como Va" before the start of Super Bowl XXXVII at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. Super Bowl XXXVII would also mark the Radiers' first Super Bowl win in franchise history.
It shouldn't come as much of a surprise that superstar LeBron James has a pretty enviable rotation of famous friends. Case in point: The 2012 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Award Presentation. In the crowd while James accepted his honor were friends Jay-Z and Beyoncé—two stars anyone would want in their corner.
Destiny's Child reunited for an official farewell performance to sing the national anthem preceding the 2006 NBA All-Star Game at the Toyota Center in their native Houston. Nearly seven years later, however, the group would reunite at Super Bowl 49.
It turns out Houston Astros mascot Orbit has some very advanced dance moves, as the baseball-loving alien showed off during a captivating performance of Beyoncé’s hit song "Single Ladies" during a game on Aug. 23, 2015. Somehow most of the Minute Maid Park security guards were able to block out the beauty of the choreography and focus on their jobs, even after Orbit’s mid-routine costume change.
Beyoncé made quite the entrance—on a disco ball descending from the arena ceiling—when she lit up the court at the 2004 NBA All-Star Game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Belting out "Naughty Girl" and "Crazy in Love," the singer definitely got the crowd pumped.
Beyoncé became the first non-model on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue in 2007. "It takes a lot of guts. I'm really a shy person," the singer told the magazine. "But in my everyday world, as a musical performer, I'm playing a character. I had to tap that same character."
Over a week after the world learned that Beyoncé had lip-synched “The Star-Spangled Banner” at President Obama’s second inauguration, the diva admitted she did use a backing track for it. “I am a perfectionist,” she said, “and I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra. It was a live television show, and a very very important emotional show for me…And due to the weather, due to the delay, due to no proper sound check, I did not feel comfortable taking a risk. It was about the president and the inauguration, and I wanted to make my country proud.” The confession, however, came only after Beyoncé delivered a live, a cappella rendition of the national anthem at her Super Bowl XLVII press conference—proving that she can perform the song without any help from a pre-recorded track or even other musicians.
Mrs. Carter took the stage to perform a medley of current and past hits such as "Love on Top," "Single Ladies," and "Halo." Joining Beyoncé in her more than 12-minute set were former Destiny's Child groupmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. The performance drew more than 110 million viewers, making Beyoncé's extravaganza the second-most watched Super Bowl halftime show in history (at the time).