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- Lady Gaga began her halftime show atop the stadium against a darkened sky and city lights
- She then jumped off the roof dangling on a wire as she was lowered towards the pitch
- Gaga rocked a shiny silver sequinned bodysuit and matching boots before switching to glitter short shorts and a cropped white top
- The singer, 30, performed hits including Million Reasons, Born This Way, Telephone and Poker Face
- She paused briefly during her 13-minute solo performance to give a shout out to her mom and dad
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.
Hell of a halftime show! Lady Gaga sang America The Beautiful from atop the stadium in Houston at the star of her Super Bowl 51 performance
Lady Gaga's (left and right) incredible Super Bowl halftime show, was due in part to Intel's fleet of 300 drones that helped create her dazzling performance. As the pop star opened up the show, hundreds of drones soared behind her and lit up to form the Star Spangled Banner
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.
Soaring down: Lady Gaga kicked off her Super Bowl halftime by appearing to jump off the roof of the NRG stadium in a pre-recorded segment and was then lowered down onto the stage
She then swung down from the roof to a stage suspended on cables and embarked on a meticulously choreographed 13-minute set of her greatest hits
Showstopper! Gaga promised she would do it 'her way' and she did as she launched into a 13 minute solo halftime show
Shining star: The 30-year-old donned a silver sequinned body suit with padded shoulders and long sleeves which she paired with knee-high matching silver boots
Pure pop: After she landed Lady Gaga launched into a medley of her greatest hits with inch perfect choreography throughout
Music speaks for itself: Her hit 'Born This Way' became a gay rights anthem but in the context of Sunday's show fit into the idea of accepting differences, a thread through much of the game's commercial messaging
Here us now: Once onstage, she commanded a large troupe of dancers and musicians, props that breathed fire and audience members swinging lights in synchronization
Dressed in a silver, sequined bodysuit and matching heeled boots, Gaga sang her dance hits 'Poker Face' and 'Born This Way'
She opened with 'This Land is Your Land,' the anthem by leftist folk legend Woody Guthrie that has come to be seen as an alternative national anthem for the United States.
Gaga then mixed up her biggest songs -- from 'Let's Dance' and 'Poker Face' to 'Born This Way' -- an anthem of inclusion in which she speaks of acceptance of people regardless of ethnicity or sexual orientation.
Twitter lit up as she performed that second song in front of Vice President Mike Pence, which includes the line: 'No matter gay, straight or bi / Lesbian, transgendered life / I'm on the right track baby / I was born to survive.'
And the platinum blonde pop star kicked off things off in a very big, and very patriotic way with a rendition of her 'America The Beautiful' sung from atop the stadium while hundreds of drones could be seen flying around in the night sky behind her.
The singer was then lowered into the stadium and down onto the field to perform a number of her classic hits including 'Poker Face' and 'Born This Way.'
This year's Super Bowl followed a fierce presidential election campaign which Trump won in November but which left the country at least as fractured afterwards as before it began. Trump was greeted with massive protests just after taking office on Jan. 20, and his policy moves have sparked further protests and controversy in the first weeks of his presidency.
Ahead of her high-profile performance, watched by more than 100 million U.S. viewers, Gaga, 30, said in a post on the Instagram social media network that she planned to headline the slot entirely on her own, eschewing a tradition of halftime main acts bringing on special guests.
The Super Bowl halftime show, with an audience usually topping 100 million, is easily the biggest show of an artist's career
Exuberance: Gaga commanded the show herself, unlike many predecessors who brought in guest stars to bolster their act
Pride: Ahead of her high-profile performance, watched by more than 100 million U.S. viewers, Gaga, 30, said in a post on the Instagram social media network that she planned to headline the slot entirely on her own
Lady Gaga performs during the halftime show of the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game against the Atlanta Falcons
High energy: Gaga later swapped out her sequinned bodysuit for a pair of glitter short shorts and a white crop top with silver stud detailing and layered epaulettes on the shoulders and let her blonde hair fly loose
Did it all! She also added a funky gold tinsel-style cropped jacket over her bodysuit for one segment of her stunning show
Born this way: Gaga's set list included her biggest hits including Poker Face, Telephone, Million Reasons and Bad Romance
Open roof: Lady Gaga performs during the Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl 51 Halftime Show at NRG Stadium
Stylish: With the nation on edge politically, the NFL had little taste for a show that would ruffle feathers
She did not have any guest performers opting instead to do a 13 minutes solo set as she rocked the Houston stadium during the face off between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots.
She kicked off her set wearing a silver sequinned body suit with padded shoulders and long sleeves which she paired with matching shiny boots.
The outfit changed colors as it reflected the lighting and special effects in the stadium as she sang.
Jaw-dropping: It had been rumored Gaga wanted to perform on the dome of the stadium but no-one thought she would be able to pull it off - but she did do it her way, singing America The Beautiful against a dark sky and the city lights
Painted: She wore bright red lipstick and had a purple and black sequinned eye mask drawn onto her face
Upside down: She proved herself to be something of a trapeze artist as she pulled off her heart-stopping descent after jumping from the stadium roof
Flying through the air! the artist, 30, dangled high above the stadium crowd
The recording artist has said it was a childhood dream of hers to perfom at the Super Bowl.
And as her dream came true, she gave a shoutout to her parents Cindy and Joe Germanotta.
After sitting at a piano for a rendition of Million Reasons, she paused and said: 'Hey dad, hi mom.'
With just 13 minutes at her disposal, Gaga could not pull off many changes of costume but by the end stripped off her metallic dress to perform in hot pants, football shoulder pads -- and the stiletto-heeled boots.
She even changed her makeup, using peel-off crystals to alter her look to match her choice of song.
In keeping with her recent theme of family connection, Gaga -- long associated with her oozing sexuality -- shouted out to her parents as she sang her recent ballad 'Million Reasons' and played the piano.
Her dancers made up for Gaga in terms of outfits, switching from flashy club attire to placid white.
Gaga literally dropped the mic -- and caught a football at the end of the show as fireworks shot into the air.
Proud moment: Gaga - real name Stefani Germanotta - slowed the pace down with a rendition of million reasons accompanying herself on the piano, pausing briefly to give a shoutout to her mom and dad
Quite a crowd: She then ratcheted the energy right back up again with a costume change and a team of dancers
Adrenaline pumping: There was no stopping the hitmaker who powered through her set
Queen gaga: She sang her heart put as she was carried on the shoulders of some of her male back-up dancers
In the zone: Gaga was committed to giving it her all and the crowd went crazy with delight
Before that Gaga swapped out her sequinned bodysuit for a pair of glitter short shorts and a white crop top with silver stud detailing and layered epaulettes on the shoulders and let her blonde hair fly loose
She let her long blonde hair fly loose as she writhed on stage with a dance troupe before being lifted high into the air by some of her male back-up dancers.
She didn't let up throughout the set singing her heart out through her scarlet red lips.
Nailed it: Gaga showed off her flawless figure in her two-piece ensemble and sang her heart out through her scarlet red lips
Dedicated to her loyal fans: Gaga tweeted right before halftime: 'This is for you Monsters. I love you'
Total pro: She showed very clearly she has no fear of heights and her heavy breathing towards the end showed the effort that went into singing live and dancing without a break
Finale: As her last note hung in the air, Gaga dropped the mic
The end: She then caught a shiny football as she jumped off the scaffolding
Right before she started her halftime show, gaga tweeted that she was dedicating her performance to her loyal fans.
She wrote on her Twitter: 'This is for you Monsters. I love you.'
At the end of her set she dropped her mic before jumping off the raised platform she was on catching a silver football as she fell to the ground.
Reaction: Her performance was widely praised on social media with fans saying she 'slayed'
Perfection: All her weeks of rehearsal really paid off as she didn't make a single misstep
crowd pleaser: She's no doubt flying high after pulling off the high profile performance
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Shortly before the annual football game kicked off, the singer posted a message to Instagram, saying: 'I dedicate every second to the love, diversity, compassion, and wild spirit of our fan base. To that kid who felt unwanted, or the grown up who remembers how hard it was to find acceptance. This is for you.'
The recording artist had been dedicated to her Super Bowl prep, seen practicing hard with her band several times over the last few weeks.
In a Good Morning America interview Friday, the celeb had told Michael Strahan she was going to put her own spin on the sporting event.
'When I play the NLG stadium in Houston I'm gonna play it like it's a dive bar. I'm gonna do it my way,' she told the former football pro turned TV personality.
Gaga shared this image and message to her Instagram, dedicating her halftime performance to her fans and for those who feel 'unwanted' or who struggle to 'find acceptance'
Tie-in: Prior to her showstopping Superbowl performance Lady Gaga appeared in a sultry commercial for Tiffany, taking full advantage of her huge exposure during the half-time show
She also posted video expressing her love for her fans
Bring it on! Gaga was in positive mood as she prepped for her big moment
While not overtly political it did stay true to her practice of promoting inclusion and equality in her music.
The Poker Face songstress said in a press conference earlier: 'I think that music is one of the most powerful things the world has to offer. '
'No matter what race or religion or nationality, sexual orientation, gender that you are, it has the power to unite us. So this performance is for everyone.'
She shared this photo during rehearsals with her dancers replaced by football emojis
Getting ready: On Sunday morning she took to the field in a black two-piece for promotional photos ahead of the big game
No sweat: The blonde beauty was as cool as a cucumber as everyone warmed up