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Lady Gaga’s highly anticipated Super Bowl 51 Halftime Show took place tonight and effectively stole the show from the football game.
Gaga has been giving her little monsters a behind the scenes look at her Super Bowl preparation for the past month, showing off an intense dance rehearsal schedule that featured dancers Gaga has worked with throughout her career.
The superstar’s sneak peek continued this weekend, with Gaga posting Instagram stories and pics to her 21.4 million followers.
After some speculation that Gaga would be joined onstage by frequent collaborator Tony Bennett and her “Telephone” duet partner and Houston native Beyoncé, Gaga confirmed today that she would take the stage as a solo artist.
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
Gaga’s months of preparation paid off, with the six-time Grammy winner setting the bar for all future halftime shows.
As promised, Gaga opened the show by literally jumping off the roof of the NRG Stadium in Houston as hundreds of drones lit up the Houston sky in an elaborate light display. The singer soared to center field, where she kicked off her history-making performance with her 2008 single “Poker Face” and the location appropriate line, “I wanna hold ’em like they do in Texas plays.”
Wearing a silver sequined body suit with exaggerated shoulder pads, Gaga was surrounded by her team of dancers as she gave a high-energy, pitch perfect performance of some of her biggest hits, including “Telephone,” “Just Dance” and “Bad Romance.”
Although Gaga did not use the biggest night in sports to make a political statement against President Trump, the activist did perform her LGBTQ-friendly single “Born This Way.”
Gaga’s only break came when she slowed down her delivery of pop hits to perform her single “Million Reasons” from 2016’s Joanne, giving her mom and dad a quick shout-out in between lines.
Enlisting the help of hundreds of extras with lights, Gaga’s theatrical performance included a few nods to the Super Bowl, with her dancers donning football helmets for part of the show while Gaga changed into glittering shoulder pads. In one last final act of a perfectly-time performance, Gaga tossed her mic and caught a football before jumping into the crowd.
You can watch the full performance below.