It has been one week since Lady Gaga’s concert in Houston. I think some football was involved as well.
I willingly admit I am one of those people that “watch the Super Bowl for the half time show and the commercials.” Being the sole performer during one of the most-watched televised programs of the year is a HUGE platform and many thought Lady Gaga would deliver a political message. Bets were made about whether or not she would and if she did, just how bold it would be. During a press conference preceding the game, Gaga said: “I believe in a passion for inclusion. I believe in the spirit of equality and the spirit of this country as one of love, and compassion, and kindness. My performance will uphold those philosophies.”
I excitedly plopped on the couch to watch… From beginning to end, Gaga provided a theatrical, seamless, entertaining, and uplifting performance that upheld pillars of love and acceptance. The opening backdrop of synchronized drones against the Houston skyline was a stunning accompaniment to Gaga’s patriotic opening that included “God Bless America,” “This Land Is Your Land,” and the segment of the Pledge of Allegiance that states “one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” And just like that, Gaga gracefully began her show with a powerful statement that highlighted her inclusive spirit.
After bravely jumping from the roof of Reliant Stadium, Lady Gaga delivered a technically astounding and musically impressive show. Performing many of her hits including “Poker Face,” “Born This Way,” “Just Dance,” “Million Reasons,” and “Bad Romance,” Gaga commanded the stage for roughly thirteen minutes.
In the week since her performance, Lady Gaga has received criticism about her performance and her body. Let’s recap all the things she did.
-Danced (even when attached to cables mid-air)
-Changed her hairstyle as she floated down to the stage
-Had a 20-second costume change
-Played the keytar and piano
-Changed MAKE-UP (Read that again: She had a MAKE-UP CHANGE!)
-SANG LIVE DURING ALL OF THIS!
Many people do not realize how physically demanding singing is even when you are just standing there. This woman sashayed across the stage and danced some intense choreography while maintaining pitch and technique.
For me, Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl performance solidified her status as an exceptional performer. From her duets with Tony Bennett to her medley from The Sound of Music at the 2015 Academy Awards, she continually proves her talents and versatility. During the show, she asked the audience, “How ya doin’ tonight, Texas? America? World? How ya doin’ tonight? We’re here to make you feel good.” You succeeded Lady Gaga.