The halftime show's inspirational message: Being fabulous isn't easy, but it's also not impossible.
The picture above is from early in Beyoncé's halftime show, when the singer dropped to the ground and writhed about as video art flashed from beneath. But look: Those red lines emanate from a silhouette where, presumably, Beyoncé was supposed to be lying. She's not in the right spot.
Just a small, apparent (apparent!) mistake in an otherwise awesome spectacle of song, dance, holography, and pyrotechnics? Yeah. But when it comes to Beyoncé, mistakes are precious. What she sells is the appearance of flawlessness—a majestic, shimmering fabulousness that leads fans to speak of her in worshipful terms. And yet the banter about her being godlike ("And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them" went Gawker's post previewing her halftime show, for example) undersells her real accomplishment: attaining greatness as a mortal.
So a big part of the charm of her Super Bowl performance was its reminder that, no, Beyoncé's not a divine being—she's a human who puts a lot of effort in to achieve incredible things. Opening with a few a capella lines of "Love on Top" and then striding forward while the prerecorded horns of "Crazy in Love" blared, Beyoncé made clear early on that she herself would carry this thing using her talent, poise, and sweat. The mesmerizing contingent of backup dancers, band players, and Destiny's Child's Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams played big supporting roles, but at no point did it appear that anyone up on stage was working harder than Beyoncé.