"And there she was, Miz Bootylicious herself, in a sparkly thigh-baring Bob Mackie thingy and stilettos, flinging that mane of hair, pumping those curvy gams and belting "Proud Mary" in such a perfect channeling of honoree Tina Turner circa 1971 that the kind of people who probably don't know from Destiny's Child -- and face it, that's mostly who goes to these things -- were going berserk.
What could be better? Try a second take. Due to a mike problem, the hip-hop princess taped a do-over for the television broadcast of the show -- but after the audience had left for dinner, reports our colleague Teresa Wiltz. So the only folks watching a performance that producers say blew the first one out of the water were a few Secret Service officers, a highly appreciative core of ushers -- and Turner herself, who lingered behind and blew kisses from the presidential box as Beyonce worked up a second sweat." - Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts, TWP