The show kicked off on Thursday night with a drum line through the aisle-ways that lead to the stage. There, TLC’s two surviving members, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas opened up with 1991′s “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg.”
The duo sported orange coveralls (of course, Chilli added some sex appeal to hers by unzipping it down to the navel), and their backup dancers rocked similarly paint-splattered ‘fits.
“We ain’t playin’ with you all tonight,” Chilli shouted before launching into “What About Your Friends,” the third single from their debut album “Oooooooohhh … On the TLC Tip.
Because the event was to be televised, the pair were forced to stop briefly during commercial breaks, but they kept the show going for the in-house audience with medleys of “Kick Your Game,” “Hat 2 Da Back” and more.
Mid-performance, TLC traded in their jumpsuits for all-black ensembles, slowing things down with a sexy chair performance of “Red Light Special.”
Although the audience predictably went nuts for fan favorites “Creep” and “No Scrubs,” it was the group’s dramatic presentation of “Waterfalls” that really brought the house down. While many speculated that Lil’ Mama would fill in for Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, a la their 2013 AMA performance, it was ballerina Misty Copeland who took the stage dressed in all white during the late rapper’s verse.
TLC ended the show with their new single “Meant to Be” and a tweet from T-Boz thanking all who tuned in: “Words can’t express how grateful I am The crowd was beyond amazing I’m still [deaf] on 1 side where my [in-ear device] was but that’s a good prob 2 hv.”
Words can't express how grateful I amThe crowd was beyond amazing I'm still def on 1 side where my inear was but that's a good prob 2 hv.
— Tionne T-Boz Watkins (@TheRealTBOZ) January 31, 2014
VH1′s Super Bowl celebration doesn’t end with TLC. Tune in Friday and Saturday at 11 p.m. ET for concerts from the Goo Goo Dolls and Gavin DeGraw, respectively. You don’t want to miss it!