by Nick Wilmer
While the Patriots and Falcons took an intermission during the Pepsi-sponsored NFL championship game, millions watched as Lady Gaga took the stage for the biggest performance of her career yet.
After months of media outlets speculating potential candidates for the Halftime Show, including Adele, Britney Spears, Kanye West, Rihanna, and Taylor Swift, Gaga officially announced she was headlining the show in September 2016.
It was worth the wait.
A Pepsi ad counted down the final seconds leading up to her performance, which featured Gaga’s friend, and singing partner on her fourth studio album Cheek to Cheek, Tony Bennett. The camera then panned to Gaga at the top of the stadium, wearing a shiny silver body suit. She began singing “God Bless America” and “This Land Is Your Land” as a series of drones, powered by Intel, lit up above her. As the lights started to form into the American flag behind her, she then quoted the pledge, stating “One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty, and justice, for all“. Her voice became much softer when she spoke those last two words.
Gaga then jumped off the building.
Fortunately, she was held by cables that led her down to the stage, onto a small tower. She proclaimed “I’m on the edge”, quoting her 2011 hit “The Edge of Glory”, and began singing “Poker Face”. She was lifted up by the cables again and taken off the tower down to where her background dancers were. She then started singing “Born This Way”. Gaga mostly sang just the choruses of her songs throughout the performance, except for “Born This Way”, where she made sure to sing the song’s iconic lines “no matter gay, straight, or bi, lesbian, transgendered life/I ‘m on the right track baby/I was born to survive”. Note: this bisexual writer was happy to hear an openly bisexual woman sing this, on national television, during the biggest game in the country.
Gaga then started singing her camp hit “Telephone”, although sadly without Beyoncé to deliver her guest verse. She then put on a golden jacket and a keytar, and started singing “Just Dance”. She then started walking to the edge of the stage to a piano, where she would perform her new single, the rock and country inspired “Million Reasons”. She said hello to her parents, who were off camera, and hugged a fan as she sang the word “stay”.
The camera then panned to Gaga’s dancers as “Bad Romance” started playing. Gaga joined them soon after, wearing shiny silver short shorts and a white crop top with football shoulder pads.
Gaga then walked up a few stands that were on the edge of her stage, yelled “Super Bowl 51!”, threw her mic, grabbed a shiny silver football that was tossed to her by someone of camera, and jumped off the stage.
This marks the second Super Bowl performance for the pop music icon, who sang the national anthem at the beginning of last year’s game.
A commercial for the upcoming National Geographic series Genius came on right after, which featured a man playing “Bad Romance” on the violin. The camera then panned to the man’s face, who appeared to be an actor playing Albert Einstein (he stuck his tongue out, similar to that iconic picture of Einstein, for good measure).
No tracks from Artpop were sung by Gaga during her performance.
photos via Billboard
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