Gaga's hotly anticipated halftime show didn't seem to disappoint her fans — she looked like she did when she first became a breakthrough artist, and largely focused on her most undisputed hits.
Gaga also became the first A-lister not to rely on any other A-listers in recent memory; that Beyoncé clue was apparently a red herring.
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She started on top of the stadium in Houston with a mash-up of “God Bless America” and “This Land Is Your Land,” then recited a couple of lines from the Pledge of Allegiance — accenting “for all” in “with liberty and justice for all.” (This was the Trump-tweaking equivalent of calling Madonna a “nice lady” — too subtle for the Super Bowl crowd to sniff out what she was getting at.)
She was a smart cookie, doing her biggest hits in a very nostalgic (too soon!) way, slowing down only for “A Million Reasons.” She has a tour to announce, and the whole performance seemed to be a reminder that she can be fun and isn't just a Trump protester, so get yer tickets now.
I was not overly wowed by the innovations (the drones, the zipline), but I think it was a good show and would be surprised if anyone was really critical of it.
And if you can't give it up for someone who clearly name-checked “gay, straight or bi, lesbian or transgendered life” at the Super Bowl, who you gonna give it up to?
Full perf after the jump ...