On any given day I would consider myself a pretty avid Lady Gaga fan, however I was not completely on board with her half time performance for the 2017 Super Bowl. Now that’s not to say she doesn’t have talent, the woman definitely has major set of pipes. I just wasn’t so keen on all of the flashy special effects that accompanied her performance.
Yes, I’m aware that it’s the super bowl and that Lady Gaga is notorious for being over the top, however considering the short amount of time she was given to perform I feel as if her natural and raw ability to sing was over shadowed by all of the chaos. There wasn’t just a little bit of flare here and there to spice things up, but rather a million distracting elements meant to supposedly enhance the show.
Now, before everyone jumps at my throat and disagrees with me, ask yourself this, does someone of Lady Gaga’s caliber (who may I remind you was considered for Juilliard a.k.a the most prestigious music school in the country) really need choreography, lights, lasers, drones, showers of sparks, wire acrobatics, and giant stage art? Oh and let’s not forget all of the lanterns and cell phones lighting up the crowd. The answer is no. Her talent is pure enough that she could blow everyone away without all of the flash. In fact, the best part of the entire performance was when she toned things down and played the piano, showing off her incredible range.
My other issue with her performance was that while she may not have outright done anything political, she did hint at it in a very subtle if not mocking way. Her redemption of This Land is our Land was beautiful and a great opening, but following it up with Born This Way? Not so much. While I love that song and everything that it represents, it would be naive to say that she wasn’t suggesting at something that may have a hit a little closer to home with her fans and the current divisiveness in the world. But then again I guess there’s a loop hole to everything, especially when it’s a best seller.