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The Super Bowl's female stars - who worked for free

Beyonce (C) and Destiny's Child perform during the half-time show of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game in New Orleans, Louisiana. Credit: Reuters

The tense Super Bowl game was punctuated by stellar performances from female entertainers.

Destiny's Child reunited for the first time since 2007, Jennifer Hudson joined a choir of children from tragedy-stricken Sandy Hook Elementary and Alicia Keys performed the National Anthem live from the middle of the field.

Alicia Keys with her husband Swizz Beatz, ahead of her Super Bowl performance of the National Anthem. Credit: @aliciakeys

While many of the stars can earn millions for their performances, the Super Bowl does not pay its entertainers.

“We do not pay,” NFL spokesperson Greg McCarthy told Forbes.com. “We cover all expenses associated with the performance.”

With more than 150 million people worldwide expected to watch the game, the exposure the entertainers gain is deemed payment enough.

Alica Keys tweeted this dressing room picture ahead of her performance, which was broadcast to more than 150 million people. Credit: @aliciakeys

Keys posted pictures from backstage at the event to her 11.2 million Twitter followers and wrote: "3 sista's at the superbowl! ;-) Me, @beyonce & @iamjhud! Cheers!! What an unforgettable day!!"

Singer Jennifer Hudson performs "America the Beautiful" with The Sandy Hook Elementary School Choir. Credit: Reuters

Jennifer Hudson tweeted: "@Beyonce@aliciakeys @kellyrowland u know I love n have n always will admire u ladies . So honored to be amongst u all. Love u guys!!"

The singer then hastily added: "Yes Michelle too!! Just don't know her handle!! All of these ladies make me proud!"

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