Beyonce issued a strong political statement with her halftime show at Super Bowl 50 on Sunday with backing dancers dressed as members of armed rights group the Black Panthers.
The superstar brought the dancers on for her new single Formation which is being widely touted as a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement.
At one point during the song, the supporting performers formed an ‘X’ on the field – thought to reference black rights campaigner Malcolm X.

Tina Knowles, Beyonce's mother, also uploaded this image to her Instagram of herself and the dancers giving the black power salute
Beyonce used her slot during the Super Bowl 50 halftime show to make a highly political point by performing with backing dancers dressed in the distinctive black berets of the Black Panthers
The superstar had been expected to deliver a political statement during her performance of new single Formation after releasing the video yesterday which featured graffiti reading 'stop shooting us'
At one point during the performance the dancers raised their arms in the air in a gesture referencing the black power salute by Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the Australian Olympics

A series of black and white images uploaded to Instagram clearly echoed old images of the Panthers from the Sixties and Seventies

The Black Panthers, once dubbed 'the greatest threat to the internal security of the country' by President J Edgar Hoover, was a rights group that operated in the Sixties and Seventies
The Black Panthers, once dubbed ‘the greatest threat to the internal security of the country’ by President J Edgar Hoover, was a rights group that operated in the Sixties and Seventies

While the dancers were dressed head to toe in black costumes, they also wore the black berets that became the Panther's symbol in the Sixties and Seventies Beyonce was widely expected to make a political statement during the halftime show which was headlined by Coldplay and also featured Bruno Mars.

Anticipation had been building for her performance after she unexpectedly dropped the music video for the song on Saturday.

The video, the most political Beyonce has released, showed scenes of white police lining up against a black teenager and graffiti that reads ‘stop shooting us’.

Beyonce stole a halftime show which also featured performances from British rock group Coldplay and Bruno Mars

You have to watch the performances to see how epic the half time show was ! Exclusive videos below !