The show featured some wild use of aerial drones.
Performing tracks including ‘Telephone’, ‘Just Dance’, ‘Bad Romance’ and ‘Million Reasons’ throughout the 12-minute show, Gaga at one point wielded a keytar, but opted not to bring out guests during the slot, contrary to speculation that Beyonce may appear as Houston is her hometown.
Unlike last year’s performance, in which Beyonce stirred controversy by saluting the Black Panthers and Black Lives Matter movement, Gaga’s set passed without incident. Prior to the show, there was intense speculation as to whether the singer would use the show to address the current political climate. According to Entertainment Tonight, Gaga was last month told by NFL bosses not to mention anything about the recent US election result or Donald Trump, but a spokesperson said this was “nonsense from people trying to stir up controversy where there is none.”
Gaga was a noted supporter of Hillary Clinton during last year’s election campaign, and was photographed with a “Love Trumps Hate” sign outside outside Trump Tower in New York after the result.
In a press conference on Thursday (February 2), Gaga said: “The only statements that I’ll be making during the half-time show are the ones that I have been consistently making during my career. I believe in a passion for inclusion, I believe in the spirit of equality.”
Gaga’s performance came despite a petition urging the NFL to replace the pop star with Atlanta heroes Migos. We’ll leave it up to you to decide if she fared better than they would have, or whether she topped arguably the greatest half time show of all time, Prince’s 2007 set – watch footage above.