Beyonce stars in Super Bowl spectacular

Beyonce performs during the half-time Super Bowl show in New Orleans.
Beyonce performs during the half-time Super Bowl show in New Orleans. Photo: REUTERS/Jeff Haynes

Music star Beyonce wowed thousands of people inside the Superdome and millions more on television in an electrifying performance at the NFL Super Bowl game in New Orleans - only moments before a power failure left half of the stadium in darkness.

The 31-year-old singer, who delivered a set list of her greatest hits, was also joined on stage by former Destiny's Child band members during the half-time show.

Beyonce and Destiny's Child perform in New Orleans on Sunday night.
Beyonce and Destiny's Child perform in New Orleans on Sunday night. Credit: REUTERS/Jeff Haynes

The lights went out in the Superdome soon after Beyonce's performance reached its climax and thousands of social media users jokingly commented that the singer's blistering dance routines were responsible for the blackout.

Players from Super Bowl finalists, the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers had to wait for more than half an hour before they could resume play.

The lights go out during the third quarter of the match, plunging the stadium into darkness.
The lights go out during the third quarter of the match, plunging the stadium into darkness. Credit: REUTERS/Jeff Haynes

When play did eventually continue, the Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 to claim the coveted Super Bowl XLVII prize.

Before arguably sport's biggest contest began, the Sandy Hook Elementary School choir sang on stage with Jennifer Hudson.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco raises the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco raises the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Credit: REUTERS/Jeff Haynes

In December, 20 children and six adults from the school were killed in a shooting rampage.

Singer Hudson performed patriotic song "America the Beautiful" with the children.

Singer Jennifer Hudson performs "America the Beautiful" with the Sandy Hook Elementary School Choir.
Singer Jennifer Hudson performs "America the Beautiful" with the Sandy Hook Elementary School Choir. Credit: REUTERS/Jeff Haynes