Lady Gaga Shines—But Doesn't Shock—at Super Bowl

The pop star avoided any major political statements
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2017 7:54 PM CST
Singer Lady Gaga performs during the halftime show of the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston.   (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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(Newser) – Lady Gaga shocked by not shocking during her halftime performance Sunday at Super Bowl LI. The Guardian reports she had no surprise guests (despite a rumor that Beyonce might turn up) or overt political statements—though she did sing "gay anthem" Born This Way, maybe as a dig at possible anti-LGBT actions from the Trump administration.

Gaga opened the show by rappelling from the roof of the stadium and closed it by spiking the mic. In between she hugged fans, said hello to her parents, and gave a performance that both sides of the political spectrum could appreciate. Marco Rubio tweeted it was "quite a show" and "one of the best Super Bowl shows I can remember." Joe Biden called it an "incredible performance" and said Gaga amazed him. SB Nation has a minute-by-minute recap of the show, and USA Today has a photo gallery. (Read more Super Bowl stories.)

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