This is the year that fans were treated to knockout performances from Beyoncé and P!nk, clad in sensational costumes that bathed them in stardust and blazed under the spotlights.
Following on from her dazzling hot-pant-and-bra ensembles in the 2012 post-baby Back to Business tour, Beyoncé once again set stages ablaze in the Mrs Carter Show World Tour 2013. Kicking off in Belgrade in April 2013, she sported two electrifying skin-tight, cobalt blue bodysuits dreamed up by Greek designer Vrettos Vrettakos, which featured some 800,000 Swarovski crystals. Accentuating every sinuous move, each sashay and stomp, shimmy and shake threw off blinding shards of light. With her dancers similarly decked out in an array of iridescent colors, the Mrs Carter extravaganza made for a truly mind-blowing spectacle.
Meanwhile, April also saw the launch of punk-pop diva P!nk’s European leg of The Truth About Love tour at London’s O2 Arena. She wowed the crowd with aerial gymnastics, clad in a series of body-conscious, show-stopping costumes blazing with 160,000 Swarovski crystals. Two outfits stood out: the barely-there nude bodysuit bound with straps of glittering gold, and the costume that quite literally showed off the artiste’s cheeky side, thanks to a cutaway panel provocatively emblazoned with a cross.
Both of these stadium-packing singing sensations are unforgettable as much for the visual extravaganza that they served up as for their stellar talents. One thing we know: with costumes like these, raunchy rock-star radiance is absolutely guaranteed…
P!nk was photographed by Kevin Mazur.