AFP Houston, TX, United States
Feb 06, 2017, 02.32 AM
Lady Gaga dazzled the Super Bowl with a high-tech, tightly choreographed celebration of American diversity and unity as she chose the power of show business over direct provocation.
Performing at the halftime show of American football's title match -- generally, the most watched US television event of the year -- Lady Gaga turned the stadium in Houston into a sea of lights as she let hundreds of drones into the sky.
She kicked off her Super Bowl halftime set on Sunday by singing "God Bless America". (AFP)
Before the performance, 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.
"How are you doing tonight, Texas? How are you doing tonight, America?" Gaga asked.
"We're here to make you feel good," she said. Gaga played a medley of her hits including "Born This Way," an anthem of inclusion in which she speaks of acceptance of people regardless of ethnicity or sexual orientation.
Gaga swung down from the roof to a stage suspended on cables and embarked on a meticulously choreographed 13-minute set of her greatest hits. (AFP)