Last year Beyoncé used the enormous global platorm of the 2016 Super Bowl halftime show to express her political views with a performance indebted to the Black Panthers. In combination with Bruno Mars and Coldplay, the trio was...awkward to say the least. Many speculated that Lady Gaga, an outspoken advocate for LGBT and women's rights, would use her Sunday night spot to voice her dislike of President Trump.
Instead, she focused on her performance and..it was breathtaking. The girl literally jumped off the roof of the NGR Houston stadium. Lady G swung down from the roof to a stage suspended on cables and embarked on a meticulously choreographed 13-minute set of her greatest hits during the National Football League championship game between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons.
The halftime featured hundreds of drones, but you might not have realized it. The lights in the sky that the cameras kept cutting to were drones. I didn’t realize it in the moment, but they were exactly what was reported in the days leading up to the Super Bowl.
This was the most athletic Super Bowl halftime show ever. I argued this during the game, and I stand by it. Lady Gaga jumped from the roof of a stadium, did a flip on her way down, and later JUMPED OFF THE STAGE while catching a football.
After opening with Woody Guthrie's civil rights anthem This Land Is Your Land, Gaga continued to kill it. Ballad Edge of Glory was up next, followed by 2009 dance hit Poker Face. Born This Way, her anthem for self-confidence and inclusion, was beautiful. She followed this with Telephone and Just Dance, another two floor-fillers from her early career, before swinging back to Million Reasons, taken from her latest album Joanne, and finishing off the set with Bad Romance.
The mic drop.
She killed it. Best halftime show in a long, long time.
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