The 2017 Superbowl was unquestionably one of, if not, the most thrilling Superbowls in history. With the Patriots pulling one of the most amazing victories of all time, viewers across America could agree that they were on the edge of their seat until the very end of the game. What also made this Superbowl so memorable was, of course, the half-time performance. Not surprisingly, Lady Gaga exceeded our expectations by an incredibly powerful performance – sequins and all.
Gaga started her performance by belting out a mash-up of “God Bless America” and “This Land is Your Land” against a backdrop of patriotic drones. She then stated the phrase from “The Pledge of Allegiance”: “one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all” before taking a dive from the top of the stadium. She captivated viewers from the very beginning of the show, carefully incorporating benign nationalistic material.
Gaga, in sequined armor and knee high-boots, then went into her well-acclaimed song, “Poker Face.” Not only was I surprised by how much Gaga effectively enthralled the audience, but also by how amazing her voice sounded live.
She projected powerfully and confidently, all in perfect pitch. She then charmed the audience with one of her more meaningful songs, “Born This Way.” Cleverly, she included one of the most influential parts of the song, “Don’t be a drag, just be a queen / whether you’re broke or evergreen / you’re black, white, beige, chola descent / you’re Lebanese, you’re orient / whether life’s disabilities / left you outcast, bullied, or teased / rejoice and love yourself today / ’cause baby you were born this way / No matter gay, straight, or bi, / lesbian, transgendered life / I’m on the right track baby, / I was born to survive./No matter black, / white or beige / Chola or orient made, / I’m on the right track baby, / I was born to be brave.” The inclusion of this part of the song in her performance absolutely raised eyebrows-and it was intended to do so.
With Vice President Mike Pence in the audience, Gaga’s subtle liberal lyrics were undoubtedly a remark and a reminder of our current political state. In a gold-spiked jacket, she then sang other favorites as well – these included “Telephone” and her first well-known hit “Just Dance.” Gaga also performed one of her newer songs “Million Reasons” while playing the piano. She then closed the show with the enigmatic song “Bad Romance” in a crop top and sparkly shorts. Some viewers were exceptionally cruel-claiming that Gaga’s stomach is “flabby” and that she should have chosen a more modest outfit if she has a “tummy.” Of course, this blatant form of body shaming is not only untrue, but is also completely unjustified. Lady Gaga has a great body, and talking about her body instead of her performance should not even be happening in the first place. With fireworks being fired, Gaga made her way to the top of a staircase then ended the song with an enthusiastic “Superbowl 51!” dropped the microphone, jumped off the staircase and caught a football in her hands. Naturally, she ended the performance with her trademark boldness.