The NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has exonerated Beyonce from allegations proposing her to be the reason behind the blackout at the Super Bowl. Prior to Roger Goodell’s news conference on Monday, reports linked Beyonce with the power outage at the Superdome during the halftime show.
The Superdome was engulfed by darkness for half an hour with unknown reasons as culprits. The blackout caused a lot of confusion and delays in the proceedings, which ultimately affected the ratings of the Super Bowl.
“There’s no indication at all that this was caused by the halftime show. Absolutely not. I know that’s been out there that this halftime show had something to do with it. That is not the case,” Roger Goodell said.
In his interview Roger Goodell confirmed the presence of backup generators at the Super Bowl, although he wasn’t able to point out the reason behind the delay. Dough Thornton, vice president of SMG, the company that manages the Superdome, reiterated his stance.
“It was not on our power grid at all,” Dough Thornton said. According to Doug Thornton, the blackout occurred due to a decrease in metered power consumption which happened because the house lights were down.
Beyonce’s electrifying performance included hits such as “Crazy Love”, “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) and the reunion of Destiny’s Child. Just a couple of days ago, Beyonce performed at the inauguration of President Barack Obama, an event where the 31-year-old singer was caught singing to a pre-recorded track.
The Super Bowl performance was an impressive attempt at redemption by Beyonce, who has been criticized for faking performances more than once. Beyonce’s performance easily triumphed over the Black Eyed Peas show in 2011. It also overshadowed Madonna’s spectacular performance from last year.
After the halftime show, Beyonce announced the dates for her European tour “the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour”. The tour will start on April 15 in Belgrade, Serbia and will end on May 29 in Stockholm, Sweden.
The tour will kick off in North America on June 28 in Los Angeles and arrive at its end on August 3 in Brooklyn, New York. Reports on Monday confirmed that a tour for Latin America, Australia and Asia is also being formulated.