Can We Talk About How Awesome Beyoncé’s Guitarist Is for a Second?

Of course you want to talk about the halftime show. Who doesn’t want to talk about the halftime show? Between the sexist ads and the novelty Twitter accounts about the blackout (just stop it, everyone, stop it right now), the halftime show was probably the best thing to happen all night. And of course we’ll talk about Destiny’s Child and how they should have done "Survivor" or "Say My Name" instead of the extended "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" (which seeing all of them do the dance was pretty great though) and how Shaq singing along to "Halo" was pretty excellent. And if this all was Beyoncé signaling to us mere mortals that her global domination plot is beginning in earnest, then I, for one, welcome our new Beyoncé overlord.

But, for now, I’d like to talk about someone else who was on stage that night. Not Kelly Rowland. Not Michelle Williams. Let’s talk about Bibi McGill. One of the coolest things about Beyoncé’s live show won’t get nearly as much play as the impressive choreography or the light show or the ’90s-kid-Twitter-detonating reunion, and that is The Suga Mamas, Beyoncé’s all-female tour band, with whom she has been touring for years (as NPR’s Ann Powers helpfully pointed out, "not a gimmick").

An all-female backing band may be part of her image and a very deliberate decision, but in an age where women playing rock instruments is still totally novel to a lot of people because most of America and the world is in a dumb time warp about stuff like this and women who are guitarists, drummers, etc. still have to "prove" themselves more than their male counterparts, to have The Suga Mamas on the biggest and most mainstream stage, performing to millions the world over, is really goddamn impressive, even if they were supporting one of the biggest names in music and of course they’d be there. 

And leading this pack is Bibi McGill, who in addition to having a pretty incredible stage presence and complementing Our Bey well, can play like nobody’s business. It’s a shame people probably missed her playing because everyone was waiting so attentively to see if Destiny’s Child would show up, because it was boss. There were pyrotechnics. There was shredding. The planets aligned and all was well.

And that’s not all Bibi McGill does. In addition to being Beyoncé’s guitarist, McGill is a yoga instructor and runs her own business. Bib Food Enterprises, LLC, is the producer of Bibi’s Kale Chips, and McGill auctioned off two of the guitars she used while touring with Bey for I Am… Sasha Fierce to fund the production of said kale chips.

Oh, and also to review, this happened:

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Let’s see your Super Bowl halftime show try that. Watch the full halftime show below, along with another fantastic performance from Bibi McGill where she wails on "If I Were A Boy" alongside Beyoncé. Perfection. 

Beyontroversé, Day Five: Super Bowl Setlist (May Have) Leaked So Can We Forget This Whole Thing?

So a lot of people are still bent out of shape about whether or not Beyoncé lip-synced the National Anthem at President Obama’s inauguration last weekend, and the whole thing is still pretty dumb. Because the fact is, whether or not she lip synced, she is still Beyoncé, and she still hangs out with the rulers of the free world and gets to come home to her loving family and her millions and a mailbox full of letters from adoring fans, so, you know, enjoy eating Spaghetti-O’s and reading updates from Perez’s dog in your empty apartment or whatever it is people who make a big deal out of these things do in their spare time. Anyway. 

The point is, who really cares, because more importantly, this is over and the next phase of Beyoncé’s global conquest is less than two weeks away. And US Weekly apparently have the setlist, which, take it with a grain of salt, but if this for real, it’s pretty flail-worthy. Bey will take the stage first to perform "Crazy In Love" (cross your fingers for cameos from Jay-Z and Blue Ivy), followed by Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams to reprise Destiny’s Child’s hits "Bills, Bills, Bills," "Survivor" and newcomer "Nuclear." Would have liked some "Bug-a-Boo" in there as well, but this song selection is more than satisfactory.

Now, people will inevitably ask, for the sake of being topical, is Beyoncé going to lip-sync? Even if she does, it will still be better than the unwatchable shells of themselves The Who have become, right? Being upset over not including Da Brat in the live performance of "Survivor," however, is entirely reasonable. 

And you know what? It’s Friday. It’s been a long week. You guys deserve a dance break. Without further adieu, here’s a Destiny’s Child video party. 

Destiny’s Child’s New Song ‘Nuclear’ Is So Meh

Destiny’s Child’s compilation album Love Songs is the first the group has done together since their 2006 breakup. So you’d think that the one new piece of material, a song called Nuclear, would be, well, nuclear. You would be a little wrong.

Love Songs doesn’t drop until January 29th and will include 13 already-recorded love songs from the R&B girl group, including Emotion and Cater 2 U, and one new song. Love songs are a curious choice, given how Destiny’s Child is most famous for girl power anthems like Survivor and Independent Women Part One, but I suppose they thought they could cash in before Valentine’s Day.

However, the only new song on the album is so "meh" they may as well have left it off Love Songs. You can listen below; honestly, I clicked away after only listening halfway through.

Beyoncé is performing at the Super Bowl and rumor has it that Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland will join her onstage for a Destiny’s Child reunion. Please, give us some old school Survivor goodness and not this new disappointment? 


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Linkage: Lady Gaga vs. The Osbournes, Robert Pattinson’s Underwear Modeling Days

When I first heard that Lady Gaga and Kelly Osbourne were in the middle of some feud, I thought, “Oh, over which has the worst hair color?” It turns out that it all has something to do with Osbourne’s association with Fashion Police, the Joan Rivers-hosted show on which Osbourne is a panelist. Osbourne revealed to Fabulous Magazine (catchy title, btw) that she was cyber-bullied by Gaga’s Little Monsters on Twitter. This led to Lady Gaga publishing an open letter, which incited Sharon Osbourne to write her own open letter. Here’s an open letter to all three: STFU. [People]

Yesterday we found out that Destiny’s Child would be releasing new music this year. Today it was confirmed that the trio will be performing together at the Super Bowl. Of course, this is Beyoncé’s world—we’re just living in it. (That goes for you, too, Kelly and Michelle.) The non-Beyoncés will join Our Queen onstage for a quick medley of Destiny’s Child tunes, including their new song “Nuclear.” [Us]

Did you know that Robert Pattinson was once an underwear model for a Chinese magazine? Did you also know that Robert Pattison used to look like a femme kd lang? [The Gloss]

Anne Hathaway won a Critics’ Choice Award, one of the many accolades for her Oscar-nominated performance as Fantine in Les Misérables (tough break, Sally Field). And then she pointed out how stupid they were for spelling her name “Ann.” [Jezebel]

Girls comes back on Sunday. How many semen-involved disasters will there be? [Hypervocal]

David Lynchheads better head to this makeshift Pink Lounge for the second annual Miss Twin Peaks Pageant. Who will be the sexiest Log Lady? [Gothamist]

It seems like every trailer could possibly be set to a song by The National, so why not Game of Thrones? [Indiewire]

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With Announcement of New Destiny’s Child Material, We May Be Approaching Peak Beyoncé

Just kidding. There’s no such thing as Peak Beyoncé. 

So far, this week, GQ, surprising no one, featured Beyoncé on the cover of their "Sexiest Woman of the Century" issue, which is fitting because there is just no one else who could possibly. Later this month, she will sing the national anthem at President Obama’s inauguration, and a couple weeks later, perform at a large, televised concert bookended by a decidedly less important football game and premiere a self-directed HBO documentary. How could Beyoncé possibly top this eternally-rolling snowball of domination? By remembering the ’90s, obvs. 

Destiny’s Child is back and releasing their first new track together in years to accompany Love Songs, a compilation of some of the R&B trio’s biggest, well, love songs, that will drop on January 29th. The album features slow-burners like "Emotion" and "Cater 2 U," along with "Nuclear," an all-new Pharrell-produced single. Let the Super Bowl reunion speculation begin, which would actually make up for several years of lackluster Super Bowl halftime shows. 

Should we have a video party? Let’s have a video party.

Beyoncé Wants You to Know That Famous People Wished Her a Happy B-Day

Yesterday was Beyoncé’s 31st birthday, which God’s Most Perfect Child no doubt spent the day yachting, standing at the front of the boat with a cool Mediterranean breeze blowing through her golden curls. What’d you get her for her B-Day? I had a special calendar made for her in which every page is April and every day is the fourth. I know her so well! I also attached a note that read, “To B, you can do no wrong in my eyes, and don’t worry, I have erased the memory of watching Obsessed, although I would pick you over that stupid blonde whore any day, xoxo Ty Ty.” But I don’t know if she got my present because my note is not on her website!

Yes, Bey shared a handful of well wishes from her family and friends and famous family and famous friends on her website. All of the stars came out for this one: Solange, Tina Knowles, Mama Carter. Even Gwyneth Paltrow and her brood of Little Martins sent a long a birthday note, which I’m guessing you can see on GOOP when Paltrow shares the best spots to purchase organic birthday cards made from the shells of quail eggs. Take a look below:

Note that she scratched, “that’s a lot of paper!” on the side there. What does that mean? Some Illuminati code or just a private joke between BFFs?

More importantly, Michelle Williams, presumably the one from Destiny’s Child, also send a note, signed “Michelle Williams,” because you know she feels like she always has to remind Bey who she is.

Seth Meyers Will Not Join Kelly Ripa on ‘Live!’

Luckily we weren’t the only ones who thought casting SNL head writer and Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers as Regis Philbin’s permanent replacement was a nutty idea. Meyers has commented on the record that he won’t be joining Kelly Ripa on the morning chat show. 

"No, no, no, no, no," Meyers told The Orlando Sun-Sentinal on Monday afternoon. (He did not retract with "yes, yes, yes, yes, yes.") As the rest of the country gears up for a potentially stressful election season, Meyers is excited to hop back behind the desk in his schoolboy blazer. "I’m really in love with the job I have. I’m very excited to be going back [to “SNL”] for the election season, which is always fun.”

Meanwhile, the two frontrunners are opera singer Josh Groban and NFL veteran Michael Strahan, whoever that is. (C’mon, I just dropped a deep-cut Destiny’s Child ref, OK?) And Kelly Ripa was quick to comment about Meyers’s chances at taking the co-hosting gig."When you see Seth Meyers in the morning, it is like looking at a vampire," she said. Gee, I wonder what made him decide to pass on the new job opportunity?

Destiny’s Child Has Been Hiding Previously Unreleased Songs From You

Bootylicious news, my friends. In an interview with the Huffington Post, Mathew Knowles — father of Beyoncé and former manager of the girl group Destiny’s Child — revealed the ladies have previously unreleased songs they are planning to release this November. Those bastards! How could you hold out on us, Bey?

What we really want, of course, is not just more pop tart material on the following themes:

  • I don’t need a man.
  • I can buy my own shit.
  • Did I mention I have a nice ass?

No, what we really want is for Beyoncé, Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland to reunite for a Destiny’s Child reunion tour. Alas, Mr. Knowles basically told HuffPost not to hold its collective breath:

It takes a year of planning to do these tours, but first it starts with the artist wanting to do it. I hope in the next five years that there is a reunion tour. I think it would be incredible. The hardest thing would be choosing which songs they’re going to do, because we would want to mix it up with solo hits and Destiny’s Child hits. We would have to throw away some number ones from off the set list.

I guess Beyoncé is a little preoccupied with that having-a-newborn thing. But I can dream, can’t I?

Is A Destiny’s Child Reunion Really Happening?

The first single from Beyonce’s upcoming album, 4—the Major Lazer-sampled “Girls (Run The World)“— had a mediocre run on the music charts compared to her I Am…Sasha Fierce hits, like “Single Ladies.” Now, according to Page Six, execs at Columbia are worried that the album will be a flop. So worried, that they are reportedly working on a Destiny’s Child reunion and comeback album to generate some revenue. Sounds like an unlikely story.

A source told Page Six that that execs at Columbia are “very nervous about Beyonce’s new record” because it “doesn’t have the hit songs that her fans are used to” and “they asked her to make changes, but she said no.”

Sure, change in the form of off-the-wall samples don’t always appeal to mainstream, but things get a little ridiculous when the source goes on to add that “Beyonce’s career has stalled a bit” and “Columbia seems to think they can get some mileage out of a comeback record with all of the other girls.” Let’s rewind for a minute. When did Beyonce’s career stall? Was it when she covered the July issues of W magazine, L’Uomo Vogue, and kicked off her new tour in France? Or was it in May when she gave show stopping performances at the Billboard Music Awards and at Oprah’s Farewell performance. Or in April, when she starred in Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity childhood campaign? You get the point.

Even sillier is the thought of a Destiny’s Child reunion/comeback album timed while Beyonce is already on tour, is 6 days away from officially releasing her album, and Kelly Rowland is hitting the peak of her solo career. We’re calling bullshit on this one.