Beyonce, the queen of all showbiz, is expected to officially be named the halftime headliner at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans sometime today after MTV broke the news Tuesday afternoon. The choice seems fairly sensible. There are precious few pop stars of her magnitude out there right now, although oddly enough, Lady Gaga's Born This Way Ball will have just missed this part of the country and be between St. Louis and Kansas City on Super Bowl Sunday (February 3).
Futhermore, every decent rock band that can even halfway fill a stadium has already played the halftime show, and we have a hunch that the NFL isn't quite ready to turn over the keys to a DJ like Tiesto or Avicii just yet (although 2014 might be a different story). So hell, why not Beyonce?
Of course no one, not even Queen B, can carry off a Super Bowl Halftime Show (all caps mandatory) on their own. But you have to pick good people, as Madonna found out at this past Super Bowl: If it wasn't M.I.A. flipping the bird to billions of viewers worldwide, it was that guy doing splits on a tightrope who stole the whole show out from under Madge's gladiatorial circus maximus.
Rocks Off spent a couple of hours staring at the ceiling Tuesday afternoon and came up with a list of potential halftime guests we'd definitely tune in to see even if the game was already a rout. It may not completely surprise you to learn that many of them hail from around these parts.
10. Jay-Z We'll just start the list with the people you know will be on board as soon as they make this official, starting with Mr. Beyonce. Come to think of it, why hasn't pop's premiere power couple already produced a full album together to go along with Blue Ivy?
9. Solange Knowles Beyonce's weirder, social-media-loving younger sister -- recently seen tweeting about her love of Hanson and Red Lobster's cheese biscuits (hey, us too) -- hasn't released an original album since 2008's Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams, but seems to be gearing up for something. She appears on the November cover of Elle, and earlier this month released a video for "Losing You," which hints at both Prince's "Little Red Corvette" and Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock's immortal "It Takes Two." A Super Bowl guest spot with big sis would make a perfect promotional push.
8. The Rest of Destiny's Child Already mentioned by MTV as a possibility, this could well happen. Of DC's final and most successful lineup, the one that ended after 2004 LP Destiny Fulfilled, both Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams have managed to eclipse Beyonce's shadow: Rowland as a reliable presence on the R&B charts with the occasional crossover pop hit (2011's "Motivation"); Williams with successes in both the theater (Chicago) and gospel music (2004's Do You Know). Both women have also been welcomed on the dance charts, so their Super Bowl appearance would be more than a simple case of "Hey! Remember me?"