Lady Gaga thrilled the country during her Pepsi Zero Sugar Halftime Show on Sunday night with a greatest hits-filled set that put her incredible showmanship front and center.
Clad in a series of silver, sparkling getups, the singer delivered on her highly-anticipated moment, though she didn't bring out a special guest as had been speculated in the weeks leading up to Super Bowl LI.
The singer sang a handful of the biggest hits from her career including "Bad Romance," "Poker Face," "Born This Way," "Telephone," "Just Dance" and "Million Reasons."
"America -- world! -- how are you doing tonight?" she asked midway through her set. "We're here to make you feel good. You want to feel good with us?"
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Perhaps the most talked about and unexpected moment from the electric performance was the way the singer decided to open the show. Standing on top of the stadium, Lady Gaga sang "God Bless America" as hundreds of drones flew around and lit up in the sky around her.
It was a striking, chill-inducing moment that she ended with a typical Gaga shocker by jumping down into NRG Stadium while attached to cables just after reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
Throughout the show, Gaga appeared to be having the time of her life as the field full of fans jumped up and down to her hits and waved around coordinated lights.
By not bringing out a special guest, too, Lady Gaga seemed to send a message: She can carry one of the biggest stages in music all on her own. When she started singing "Telephone," one could almost feel fans around the world waiting for Beyoncé to step out to sing their 2009 hit with her, but that moment never came.
Going into the performance, expectations were high that the singer would address the divisive political and social climate in our country with a grand statement of her own, but she didn't make any such comment. She let the music speak for itself, and opted to encourage unity, patriotism and acceptance during her big moment.
Her decision to sing "Born This Way," the lead single off of her second album of the same name, was a massive statement in and of itself. The song became an immediate empowerment anthem for the LGBTQ community when she released it in 2010 and features the lyrics, "No matter gay, straight, or bi/Lesbian, transgendered life/I'm on the right track baby/I was born to survive," which she sang on Sunday.
To finish off her emphatic halftime show, Lady Gaga strutted up a huge set piece and dropped her mic before jumping off into the crowd to catch a sparkling football.
By embracing the monstrous moment, incorporating themes of acceptance and patriotism and, well, football, Lady Gaga delivered the Super Bowl halftime show that the country needed in 2017. The Super Bowl is just as much about bringing the country together through sports -- and, with the halftime show, music -- Lady Gaga embraced that responsibility and then some on Sunday.
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