Lady Gaga tore the roof off of NRG Stadium in Houston on Sunday with one of the greatest Super Bowl halftime shows in history and delivered not the barnstorming anti-Donald Trump protest some feared, but a subtle message of inclusion and unity.
From the outset, Gaga served notice this was no ordinary halftime show — she began her performance from the lip of the stadium roof, an army of 300 drones forming a twinkling American flag in the sky.
Then she took flight (literally) at the end of the pre-recorded sequence.
The singer, clad in a sparkling silver bodysuit and knee high boots, then appeared to leap from the edge the retractable roof onto the stage with the help of some sturdy wires — and the performance was nonstop from there.
And although she didn’t mention President Trump once, her performance was praised as ‘incredible’ by Ivanka Trump afterwards.
Ahead of the show, all eyes were on Lady Gaga to see whether she would use the platform to rip into President Donald Trump at a tense time in US politics.
Even with Vice President Mike Pence in attendance, Gaga — a sworn foe of Trump — kept with the game’s guidelines to steer clear of overt politics.
Super Bowl performances are rarely directly provocative, although last year Beyonce startled many by playing her single ‘Formation.’ Its video had a message against police brutality.
Instead the singer, known for her audacious outfits, delivered what seemed to be a more subtle message.
‘How are you doing tonight, Texas? How are you doing tonight, America?’ Gaga asked.
‘We’re here to make you feel good,’ she said.