Last year, Lady Gaga sang the National Anthem before the Super Bowl. This year, she upgraded to headlining the halftime show. In addition to hits like “Poker Face,” “Born This Way,” “Telephone,” “Just Dance,” and “Bad Romance” (and non-hits like “Million Reasons”), Gaga’s set featured an impressive flying leap from the roof of the NRG Stadium, some sick keytar action, tons of backup dancers, costume changes, and very impressive pyrotechnics. In the interest of celebrating “inclusion” the pop star opened with “God Bless America” and “This Land Is Your Land.” Watch the whole thing.
I want to say thank you to my fans for cheering me on all these years. There will not be any guest performers tonight, I'm doing these 13 minutes solo! I dedicate every second to the love, diversity, compassion, and wild spirit of our fan base. To that kid who felt unwanted, or the grown up who remembers how hard it was to find acceptance. This is for you. It is also for those whose hearts and minds have opened to our message. Thank you for believing in us so we could be here today little monsters this is YOUR stage. And I'm gonna leave my heart on it so you never forget it. Let's do this. Xoxo Love, Gaga p.s I LOVE YOU SO MUCH ???????🏈
This is for you, Monsters. I love you. pic.twitter.com/1Wh56OThzm
— xoxo, Joanne (@ladygaga) February 6, 2017
UPDATE: Turns out Gaga’s roof jump and drone light show opening was pre-recorded due to uncertain weather, Intel tells USA Today: “There’s a lot of weather and environment (issues),” GM Natalie Cheung said. “In February, you don’t know what it will be like during Super Bowl day. We’d hate to plan all this and, if the wind speeds are too high or if it’s raining and the roof is closed, no one can see this spectacular show. So our creative team as well as the Super Bowl creative team felt this would be best to be filmed.”