February 5th 2017 is a date I’ll always remember; the day the New England Patriots won the 51st Super Bowl in the most spectacular fashion by coming back from their virtual death to smash the Atlanta Falcons 34-28. Being a relatively new yet avid NFL fan (and obviously, a Patriots supporter), it was an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish, with over 30 new Super Bowl records being set throughout the game.
Although the Super Bowl is all about football, it is often the infamous ‘Pepsi Zero Sugar’ half-time show that steals the limelight. The hype around this year’s performer has been absolutely mega, and the one and only Lady Gaga did NOT disappoint. With tonnes of speculation about just how political her set would be, it was extremely tense waiting for her to grace the stage. However, just what Lady Gaga did seemed to shock the nation.
Beginning on the roof of the NRG Stadium, a sky full of stars illuminated Gaga as she sang ‘God Bless America’. In a time of extreme division across the United States, no song could have been more fitting than this. The subtle yet strong message was heard by everyone; her passion was clear, and it was a truly beautiful moment. Reciting the poignant words ‘One Nation, indivisible with liberty and justice for all’ from the American Pledge of Allegiance, it seemed like Gaga was not about to hold back.
Perhaps the most surprising part of the performance was her descent, as Gaga jumped down onto the field below as a mash up of some of her biggest hits bellowed around the stadium. As the distinct opening to her smash song ‘Poker Face’ began, the crowd began screaming as Gaga was firmly planted back on the ground. Previously, Gaga has spoken about the song, declaring it is centred around her bisexuality. This just makes the use of the song even more perfect.
Playing much of her usual repertoire including ‘Just Dance’, ‘Edge of Glory’ and ‘Telephone’, the set was super fun and uplifting, which was extremely welcomed in an otherwise turbulent USA.
‘Born This Way’ was absolutely outstanding. The song itself is a huge political statement, as Gaga hammers home the message that you should ALWAYS be yourself, no matter your gender, sexuality, religious beliefs or social status. This is completely what Gaga prides herself on; she is 100% herself 100% of the time. For the youth of America, also, this song could not have been more perfect. With Trump’s threats of sending the LGBTQ community back in time by stripping much of their rights, there’s a pretty huge sense of fear across America, and it is setting a rather uncertain future for it’s youngest people. But for the few minutes of the song’s performance, there was a clear sense of comfort to those who needed it the most. Gracing the stage with an array of backup dancers of all different sizes, races and nationalities, Gaga’s message of diversity and acceptance could not have been missed.
And that is what was so beautiful about the whole show. Not once was the word ‘Trump’ mentioned, and no hate towards him was present. What Gaga delivered was a clear message of unity. She knows that the more people try to pull America apart, the closer its people need to stand. Her silence on the matter spoke much more powerful words than she ever could. For 13 whole minutes, Gaga made him irrelevant, and that is the best statement she could’ve possibly made.