Lady Gaga’s halftime performance at Super Bowl 51 was fantastic. It featured her jumping from the roof of the building — repeat: JUMPING OFF A ROOF — and then her playing a medley of her greatest hits. Did you remember that Lady Gaga had so many hits? Because man, she really has a lot of hits.
Here’s the best things that happened that you might have missed.
1. Here’s the entire halftime show, if you missed it
2. The time lapse video of the setup and teardown is mesmerizing
Halftime timelapse. The coordination is ridiculous. #SB51 pic.twitter.com/kfEbpy6mvW— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) February 6, 2017
3. The halftime featured hundreds of drones, but you might not have realized it
The lights in the sky that the cameras kept cutting to were drones. I didn’t realize it in the moment, but that’s exactly what was reported in the days leading up to the Super Bowl.
Our drones have returned to the ground after an amazing #PepsiHalftime show #ExperienceMore pic.twitter.com/Augpbt05u6— Intel (@intel) February 6, 2017
That’s what made the American flag, too.
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4. Gaga hid a political protest song early on in her contest
Lady Gaga’s second song — after beginning with “God Bless America” — was “This Land Is Yours” by Woody Guthrie, which has been a popular song for people out protesting Donald Trump’s presidency.
Here’s an example of a protest at JFK Airport where they’re singing it.
Maybe it was a total coincidence, but I don’t buy it. Gaga was surely banned from making any overt political motions, but this was a subtle way to make a statement.
5. Watch Lady Gaga JUMP OFF THE ROOF OF NRG STADIUM
SHE REALLY DID THIS.
Drones, America, and rappelling down from the roof of the stadium: Lady Gaga knows how to make a #SuperBowl entrance! pic.twitter.com/Pyrao4LVNt— Mashable (@mashable) February 6, 2017
Here’s what it looked like from the stadium. She just kinda ... appears. From the sky.
Lady Gaga entering from the roof of the NRG Stadium for her #SuperBowl #PepsiHalftime performance pic.twitter.com/2L2Eyljb58— Lady Gaga (@ryanleejohnson) February 6, 2017
Bad news: she wasn’t actually flying. I apologize if I just burst your bubble. It’s not that she couldn’t, of course, because she’s Lady Gaga. She just chose to use cables and descend by human means this time.
6. No one was tweeted more about than Lady Gaga
According to Forbes, Lady Gaga is the most tweet-about Halftime Show performer EVER, with more than 5.1M tweets during her performance.— Lady Gaga (@hausoframez) February 6, 2017
7. This was the most athletic Super Bowl halftime show ever
I argued this during the game, and I stand by it. Lady Gaga jumped from the roof of a stadium, did a flip on her way down, and later JUMPED OFF THE STAGE while catching a football.