Lady Gaga’s Superbowl Halftime Show Was LIT, Literally

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Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl 51 halftime performance last Sunday featured hundreds of lit up drones, an epic mic drop and the second highest viewership for a Super Bowl performance ever.

Gaga opened the show with a full silver, glittered bodysuit and drones in red, white and blue, which moved around into the shape of the American flag.

What’s interesting about the drones is that Gaga had to request clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration in order to use them. The FAA placed a “no drone zone” ban within a 34.5-mile radius.

She began on the roof, singing “God Bless America” and “This Land Is Your Land.” She even included a portion of the Pledge of Allegiance.

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After her intro, Gaga immediately jumped off the roof and floated into the crowd, doing flips and twirls through the air. She lowered onto the large platform stage and began her first song, “Poker Face.”

Her second song, “Born This Way,” caught a lot of attention, specifically for its lyrical content:

“No matter gay, straight, or bi/ Lesbian, transgendered life/ I’m on the right track baby/ I was born to survive/ No matter black, white or beige, Chola or orient made, I’m on the right track baby, I was born to be brave.”

The song’s statement made alongside her very patriotic opening are nothing new to her normal political statements.

Gaga then sang “Telephone,” but unfortunately, Beyoncé did not make an appearance in the song.

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“Just Dance” came on next, and Gaga pulled out a large gold, spiked glitter jacket. Her backup dancers wore similar themed jackets in silver.

She then slowed down the set and sang her most recent hit, “Million Reasons,” during which everyone on the field held up lights and waved them.

Last, but not least, was “Bad Romance.” Gaga appeared in a white sparkly crop top similar to football gear and ended the show dramatically as she threw her mic down and jumped off of the stage while catching a glitter football.

According to Fox Sports, Gaga’s performance drew in a record 117.5 million viewers, second most to Katy Perry’s performance, which drew over 120.7 million.

Just days after the performance, Gaga’s music sales and streaming sky-rocketed on music platforms such as iTunes, Spotify, Pandora and Sound Cloud. Gaga’s world tour tickets also went on sale Monday.