Nothing gets you into the football spirit like Chris Martin’s soaring falsetto belting out sad songs, so when it was announced that Coldplay would be performing at the Super Bowl halftime show this year, fans—after pausing to recall the world’s seventh-favorite rock band—responded with a resounding, “Well, I guess it could be worse.”
It could be better, too, and if you’re wondering just how to make a Coldplay performance better, there’s an obvious answer: Beyoncé. The Houston-born diva makes most things (long car rides, dance parties, sitting in the waiting room at the dentist, etc.) better, and it was announced yesterday that Queen Bey would be joining the band onstage during their performance.
Bruno Mars for a guest appearance, but as hilarious as hearing Chris Martin try to keep up with Mars on “Uptown Funk” promises to be, a guest spot from Beyoncé is definitely much more compelling.
There’s at least one more artist expected to sit in with Coldplay during the performance, too, according to Entertainment Tonight—though the identity of the third guest act is a mystery for now. It’s likely to be anti-climactic (unless it’s Adele), since most other stars bigger than Beyoncé are dead.
For further proof that Beyoncé continues to dominate the entire world, here’s another huge star who appropriately recognizes and respects her power: Channing Tatum, whose appearance on Lip Sync Battle Thursday night was hijacked by Queen Bey herself.
After a truly dynamic performance of Ginuwine’s “Pony” by Jenna Dewan-Tatum (the actor’s wife), Channing Tatum had very tall boots to fill. Dressing in full Beyoncé regalia for “Run The World (Girls),” Tatum seemingly has fun with it. But it’s not until Beyoncé emerges, accompanied by a rando entourage, that the song’s true power is revealed: Bey, after showing off some dance moves, merely points at Tatum, who immediately falls to one knee and bows. Because that’s what you do, after all, in the presence of royalty.