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“Halo” is a song recorded and performed by American R&B singer Beyoncé Knowles. It was composed by Ryan Tedder and Evan Bogart. In the United States, the song was released on January 20, 2009 as the album’s fourth single. Halo won Best Song at the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards, and is currently nominated for Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 52nd Grammy Awards.
Knowles performed the song for the television broadcast Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief and it appeared on the live album.
Billboard magazine wrote that “On “Halo” Beyoncé sings in a lower register than usual over big drums and an epic piano pattern…’Halo’ has a mainstream pop sound, with subtle R&B undertones that should carry it to the top of the charts.
The video premiered exclusively on iTunes on December 23, simultaneously with the music video for “Diva“. The music video was shot in late November and was directed by Philip Andelman. It features actor Michael Ealy as Knowles’ love interest and unlike the first three music videos from the album, which were shot in black and white, “Halo” is the first video to be shot fully in color.