Sources: Billboard – By Erin Strecker | All Things Michael
Need a little extra Beyonce inspiration today?
You’re in luck: It’s the sixth anniversary of Beyonce’s single release of “Halo,” one of her all-time great ballads. “Halo,” which won best pop vocal performance at the Grammys, peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. To celebrate the song, we rounded up some of her best performances of the hit over the years.
Check them all out below.
1. On The Run Tour
On her 2014 summer tour with Jay Z, “Halo” was once again part of the finale, but this time it was snuck in mid-way through a “Young Forever” duet with her husband. The part that makes this version sweetest, of course, is the screen behind them showing home movie footage of one Blue Ivy Carter. Cut to overjoyed-looking Bey and Jay.
2. Beyonce’s Michael Jackson Tribute
It’s no secret Beyonce idolizes Michael Jackson (we all saw Blue’s Halloween costume, right?), so when Jackson sadly passed away in 2009, Beyonce honored him in concert with a very special performance. The sweetest part may have been the home movie footage of a young Bey excitedly telling her parents they were going to a Michael Jackson concert that evening. This performance made its way onto her live CD of this tour.
3. Beyonce Sings to Fan
During the I AM… World Tour, Beyonce made time to sing the inspirational track to a very special fan battling cancer.
4. “Halo” Acoustic
Hot off the release (and subsequent worldwide phenomenon) of the “Single Ladies” dance craze, it was time to put the focus back on Bey’s vocals. She did that with this viral acoustic performance.
5. Beyonce at the Super Bowl
Sensing a pattern? Beyonce closed out her 2013 Super Bowl Halftime Show performance with a particularly powerful version of “Halo” that allowed her to really belt. If you’ve ever felt the climactic chorus of the tune needed actual fireworks, well, this production has you covered.
6. Beyonce at Glastonbury
Bey has referred to playing Glastonbury as a career highlight, and her entire 90-minute set it absolutely worth watching. But the ending — a show-stopping performance of one of her most emotional tracks — is the high point.
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