Lady Gaga Owned The Super Bowl
She capped off her performance with a major announcement
Before the biggest performance of her life at the Super Bowl halftime show, everyone wondered if Lady Gaga would use the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a political statement. Gaga, one of our most outspoken popstars, did and she didn’t. As Vice President Mike Pence looked on, Gaga opened her show on the roof of Houston’s NRG Stadium where she kicked off her set with a medley of “God Bless America” and then Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land.” It was a subtle political act, a call for unity, but shortly after, Gaga, in a showstopping moment, descended from the ceiling to the stage, where she was joined by an army of backup dancers to perform a breathless montage of her biggest hits. The politics were over, and it was time to get down to business.
Gaga, who took a left turn last year with her country album Joanne, reminded the world that she knows her way around a banger as well as anyone, cycling through hits like “Just Dance,” “Telephone,” and “Bad Romance” seamlessly. Surprisingly, she didn't perform arguably the two biggest hits from Joanne, "Perfect Illusion" and "A-Yo." “America, world, how you doing tonight?” she asked the crowd. “We’re here to make you feel good. You wanna feel good with us?” The answer, for at least one night, was yes.
Afterward, Gaga announced the inevitable on Twiter: In 2017, she'll be embarking on the Joanne World Tour.