All Hail The Sugar Mamas, Beyoncé’s 10-Piece All Female Backing Band

I always find it maddening when people have the gall to critique a performer like Beyoncé, questioning her star power, or entertainment value, or (gasp!) singing voice. It’s akin to the flunky armchair quarterback, sitting at home saying he would have caught that pass. HA! I’d like to see you try. You absolutely cannot step to Beyonce or her singing abilities — and particularly her balls out Super Bowl halftime performance Sunday night. And you also can’t step to Bey’s backing band, the Sugar Mamas, who bring with them scads of musical experience and sweat equity in the biz.

“When I was younger I wish I had more females who played instruments to look up to. I played piano for like a second but then I stopped,” Beyoncé said. “I just wanted to do something which would inspire other young females to get involved in music so I put together an all-woman band.”

This is important because, as a poster on Blogher notes, “We never ask ‘Why do you have an all-male band, or why did you choose an all-male band?’ Why don’t we ask this? It is because we expect male musicians as norm. We expect all-male bands as the norm…It’s through so many socialization cues and cultural messages that we just figure if you are a musician, you must be male. That’s why so many people put ‘female’ before guitarist to note that it is not male, hence not normal.”

Hopefully the Sugar Mamas, who will be on tour with Bey on her just-announced Mrs. Carter Tour, will help change that. [Colorlines via The Modernist Witch]