Lady Gaga Slays National Anthem at Super Bowl 2016

Mother Monster's vocals know no bounds

By Francesca Bacardi Feb 07, 2016 11:37 PMTags
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Lady Gaga has a serious set of pipes.

The 29-year-old songstress blew viewers away when she sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl 2016. Dressed in a red Gucci suit, which she paired with mismatched red, white and blue Gucci platform shoes, Mother Monster proved that she can tackle any type of music, from pop to jazz and everything in between. She also donned blue nails, solidifying her patriotic ensemble.

Gaga has a busy couple of months ahead, as she's set to perform a tribute to David Bowie at the Grammys and is going to perform her nominated song at the Oscars. But despite the accolades, including her Golden Globes win earlier this year, Gaga called her Super Bowl performance a "dream come true." 

"I've always wanted to sing the National Anthem at a major sporting event since I was a little girl, and for it to be the Super Bowl, it is the ultimate…" she told, adding that she re-watched iconic performances to get her prepared.  

"For me, it was Whitney Houston," she said of her favorite. "When I was little, I used to stand at the top of my staircase and sing along with her version. At home, the more I would sing it, the more my dad would say, ‘You're getting pretty good, kid.' So to be here now and to sing it to America, it's just wonderful."

Gaga joined an A-list lineup for the evening. ColdplayBeyoncé and Bruno Mars are all slated to perform during the Super Bowl Halftime Show. As a New Yorker, Gaga didn't have any particular interest in either team, but she was jazzed about the idea of the country coming together for a fun cause. "I think it marks what being an American is all about—working hard and the ultimate payoff for the champion is hard work. I think the best way to do that is to forget about yourself, and just focus on what it means."

And based on her performance, we can tell she really worked hard!