Lady Gaga literally blew the roof off of the Super Bowl, beginning her half-time performance from the top of Houston’s NRG Stadium, surrounded by hundreds of drones. The singer, dressed in custom Atelier Versace, then took a death-defying plunge towards to the stage, where she performed for more than thirteen minutes. Renditions of patriotic tunes, such as “God Bless America” and “This Land Is Your Land,” preceded a medley of top hits, ranging from “Poker Face” and “Telephone” to “Bad Romance.” However, Gaga 30, subtly politicized when she sang “Born This Way” before Vice President, Mike Pence, emphasizing the lines “No matter gay, straight, or bi, Lesbian, transgendered life/I’m on the right track baby/I was born to survive.”
Gaga, who fiercely supports equal rights for the LGBT community, was expected to make a political statement during her half-time performance. However, prior to the Super Bowl she said, “The only statements that’ll be making during the halftime show are the ones that I have been consistently making throughout my career. I believe in a passion for inclusion. I believe in the spirit of equality and the spirit of this country. It’s one of love and compassion and kindness. So my performance will uphold those philosophies.” And they did.