With a physically demanding halftime show performance, Lady Gaga hit the Super Bowl stage at Houston’s NRG Stadium on Sunday, February 5.
The rest of the performance took its cues from the brilliant opening — tightly choreographed and perfectly executed.
The 30-year old pop superstar delivered a medley of singles from her catalog, including “Just Dance,” “Bad Romance” and “Born This Way,” in addition to “Million Reasons” from her most recent album, Joanne. Throughout the high energy 13-minute set, she showed off her impressive vocal chops as she danced alongside a team of backup dancers.
The singer’s performance had promised to be politically charged in the wake of protests against Donald Trump, however, she was quite subtle in doing so.
Apparently, her lyrical reference to “black, white and beige” and “gay, straight, or bi, lesbian, transgendered life” was not made directly towards the US president. However Gaga’s openers, a poignant medley of “America the Beautiful” and “This Land is Our Land” - an alternative national anthem, showed the superstar did not pass up an opportunity on the world’s biggest stage to throw some serious shade at Trump. The Woody Guthrie American classic has also become an anthem for protestors fighting against Trump’s proposed immigration bans and border walls.
Her subtle dig wasn’t missed by one viewer in particular - Hillary Clinton. Clinton tweeted, “I’m one of 100 million #SuperBowl fans that just went #Gaga for the Lady, & her message to all of us.”
At the end of the performance, she yelled, “Super Bowl 51,” dropped her microphone and jumped off the stage.