Lady Gaga's Super Bowl national anthem draws comparisons to Whitney Houston's


Lady Gaga Belts Out National Anthem at Super Bowl 50
Lady Gaga Belts Out National Anthem at Super Bowl 50

The Super Bowl Halftime Show is filled with distractions like dancing sharks and mechanical tigers. It's a spectacle of the most over-the-top and kitschy nature.

But the National Anthem is an entirely different beast — two minutes and change in which millions of eyes are on you and only you (and/or Marlee Matlin), waiting for the moment you flub the words or fail to hit that high note.

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But at Super Bowl 50, Lady Gaga didn't flinch one bit.

In fact, when the Mother Monster took to the field Sunday at Levi's Stadium, the current Academy Award nominee gave one of the best performances of "The Star-Spangled Banner" that the Super Bowl has seen, carefully balancing comfort and reverence. She reminded us that she has one hell of a voice without making it all about her. She hit the high notes with ease, which can't exactly be said for everyone.

See photos of Gaga's Super Bowl performance:

On a weaker singer, Gaga's ruby pantsuit and sparkly red eye shadow would have become the talk of the performance. But Gaga made the ensemble regal, and didn't let it distract from her vocals.

Many on Twitter were taken enough to compare the performance to Whitney Houston's history-making performance in 1991. The fact is, no one is likely to ever compare to that performance. Even Gaga, who in a recent interview said she grew up singing along to Whitney's version, could admit that.

But, damn, that was good.

Here are some of the reactions on Twitter:

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