By Alex Spinelli – Collegiate Staff
Following a dominating 21-3 lead by the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI against the New England Patriots, Lady Gaga took the stage for the halftime performance. The 30-year-old Grammy winner debuted onto the music scene in 2008 with the hit CD “The Fame”. Her most recent release Joanne, in 2016, was her fourth to reach the number one on the billboard charts.
Gaga, known for her elaborate outfits and demeanor, started off her show by disregarding the opinions of stadium staff as she patriotically sang “America the Beautiful” and “This Land Is Your Land” to a backdrop of red white and blue fireworks and drones on the roof of the arena, only to acrobatically rappel down to the field to break into a rendition of “Poker Face” before a screaming crowd. This was the just one of the few political statements made by the star throughout her set.
With abundant flames and metal structures seemingly out of Mad Max (with a burst of neon) that surrounded the stage, Gaga wore a studded and jeweled jumpsuit to complement the type of high stakes performances that she has been known for. After gracefully flying down to the center stage, she continued her show by singing “Born This Way” with a squad of backup dancers to flawlessly synchronize with her performance.
As she made her way down a catwalk carried by one of her dancers, Gaga sung
“Telephone” to the crowd as they all held colored flashlights in unison. The flashlights created a cavalcade of designs for the aerial cameras to display. With some lights from the crowd and some emanating from the countless drones hovering over the arena, it was truly a first for the halftime show.
The star suddenly donned a gold jacket with spiked shoulders as she broke into “Just Dance”. The field lit up with purple lights and the words of “Just Dance” as she made her way into the crowd, singing and dancing as the band played on.
Back on stage, the lights dimmed and then it was up to the crowd to light up the arena as Gaga addressed them all with a piano rendition of “Million Reasons” off her new album “Joanne.”
After another quick costume change, Gaga was wearing a white outfit appearing as a football player as she sung her hit song “Bad Romance”. Joined by her backup dancers, clad in white off-takes on football uniforms, she performed flawlessly. In the final chorus she made a call out to those with various sexual identities. With a fireworks show of drones outside the stadium and a high-energy show inside, Gaga made her way onto a raised platform to end the show, dropping the mic in resolution. She then jumped off the stage and into Super Bowl history.