Many thought the outspoken artist would use the platform for protest, but she says she just wanted to, "to make you feel good."
Lady Gaga literally took a leap of faith at the Super Bowl LI halftime show on Sunday.
Opening up her highly anticipated performance the outspoken pop icon sang “This Land is Your Land,” with a backdrop swarming with small drones choreographed to make images of the Pepsi logo and American flag.
Her set was pretty straight-forward, and some on social media felt it was a missed opportunity to make a political statement, but in the end, her string of hits may have been purposefully organized in a veil of political protest.
First, she hit the stage running with “Poker Face,” a song that could be construed as an ode to women’s rights, and sexuality.
She went into "Edge of Glory," which she has said is a song about dying and that feeling of triumph you get just before you do so.
One doesn’t need an interpreter to understand the protest power behind “Born This Way,” which she sang amid a group of sequined dancers.
For those who may not understand the message of the song, here's an excerpt:
"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
I'm beautiful in my way
'Cause God makes no mistakes
I'm on the right track, baby I was born this way."
Although Queen B didn't emerge from a trap door for "Telephone," it is a fun song, one that doesn't have a message other than take a little time to enjoy yourself.
Her next song, “Just Dance,” could represent the anxiety of a nation going through a hard time. The origins of the tune are deeply rooted in Gaga’s own struggle with depression and uncertainty.
Her cool down song was “A Million Reasons” from her latest album Joanne, a departure from her uptempo pop synth history and an exploration of her singer/songwriter side.
“Hello America…we’re here to make you feel good,” she yelled nearly breathless from high atop a platform playing the piano and shouting out to her mom and dad.
When she sang the lyric "I've got a hundred million reasons to walk away But baby, I just need one good one to stay," she pointed to the camera.
A quick costume and make up change later, Gaga ended her set in shorts and a crop top singing “Bad Romance,” a song about being attracted to relationships that don’t work, and her bad choices in men.
It was classic Gaga alright and whether you believe her songs were put together deliberately to send a wink to the country, or just entertain them at time when everyone seems uneasy, viewers might agree she slayed the show and in the end made everyone “feel good" for about 15-minutes.