I think Beyonce has spoilt me with her exceptional past performances. She has set the bar so high (for herself) that anything less than perfection leaves me slightly underwhelmed. Case in point, her rendition of XO at the 2014 Brit Awards.
Beyonce reportedly only touched down in the UK today, so lord knows she wouldn't have had much time to put this showing together. It actually goes some way to explaining why she chose to go down the Mariah Carey route- ie tight dress and not doing much on stage BAR singing. However, with so little else going on, I was expecting the vocals to be as flawless as Bey herself was (and boy did she look FLAW-LESS).
Unfortunately that wasn't the case. Particularly noticeable was the problem she was having with her head voice at the end, potentially hinting at issues with her stamina or breathing. But overall, the voice just didn't soar as it usually does, with it constantly feeling that Bey was being careful with how high she took her voice.
Even still, Yonce managed to sing better than 99% of the Divas out there- and that was on a "bad" day!