After being told by the N.F.L. that she wasn't allowed to bring up her political views during her Super Bowl halftime show, Lady Gaga replied, “The only statements that I'll be making during the halftime show are the ones that I've been consistently making throughout my career. I believe in a passion for inclusion. I believe in the spirit of equality, and that the spirit of this country is one of love and compassion and kindness. My performance will uphold those philosophies.”
She definitely made a statement, and without even saying a word. Lady Gaga began her set from the roof of NRG Stadium with drones lighting up in the distance, before flying down to ground level and giving the audience her all. Without being too straightforward with her political views (like we all know she wanted to be), she subtly slayed "This Land is Your Land" and proceeded to perform some of her greatest hits.
During her performance, Gaga said loudly and proudly that her intent was to make the crowd "feel good." While she mostly belted out her most popular songs from the earlier days of her career, she brought things full circle by performing "A Million Reasons" from her latest album, Joanne.
Creating a powerful atmosphere in the Super Bowl dome, Gaga owned that stadium with her passion, fearlessness and all around amazing talent. She ended the night in a bedazzled football jersey, and made quite the exit when she caught a long pass and dramatically jumped off the stage.
With no guest performances and only a few costume changes, she's the eighth performer to ever finish the halftime show completely on her own - and judging by the reaction on social media, everybody who was watching seems to agree that she totally rocked that stage.