Avoiding direct political statements, the singer devoted her show to unity, inclusion and love.
Lady Gaga gave a fantastic 13-minute performance in the half-time show of the Super Bowl – the championship game of the National Football League and probably the main sporting event in the US. She began her concert on the stadium roof with the starry sky behind her. She opened her set with her own versions of Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” and Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land” and recited part of the American Pledge of Allegiance. The quotation, lyrics and drones illuminating an American flag in the night sky made a moving message of openness, unity and inclusion to American society.
The singer jumped from the roof to the stage to sing her own songs with a breathtaking show, which included performing trapeze tricks while singing. Her songs “Poker Face”, “Born this Way”, “Telephone” and “Just Dance” were accompanied by stunning special effects and backup dancers’ virtuosic performance. After the upbeat hits, the singer sat at the piano to perform quiet “Million Reasons” while spectators were waving orange torches and flashing their phone lights. Lady Gaga ended her set with “Bad Romance” and jumped off the stage, catching a ball.
There were much rumours ahead of the game that the singer would use the show to make a political statement and criticise Donald Trump. The topic became especially relevant amid women’s marches and protests against the immigration ban in the past two weeks. But the singer focused on the need to unite the nation, and the songs selected for the show emphasised that America is a country for everyone. Lady Gaga published an address to her fans on Instagram before the concert.
“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.”.
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
Famous politicians and artists, including the US’s former vice president Joe Biden and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, musicians Ringo Starr, Tony Bennett and Katy Perry, actor Chris Pratt, TV host Ellen DeGeneres and even Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump, posted enthusiastic comments on the performance on social media.
Well done Lady Gaga peace and love— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) February 6, 2017
.@ladygaga Lady...the most super thing about the Super Bowl was you....just amazing!— Tony Bennett (@itstonybennett) February 6, 2017
I want jumping gifs stat! Bravo @ladygaga— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) February 6, 2017
Dancing hard. Singing live. Ends it catching a football! I always liked #Gaga. Now I love her. Sorry not sorry. That was freakin' awesome.— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) February 6, 2017
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