HOUSTON – Video shot Sunday night at Super Bowl LI showed how Lady Gaga pulled off her high-flying opening number at NRG Stadium.
The pop artist opened her halftime show by singing “God Bless America” and “This Land Is Your Land” on the roof of the stadium while drones formed an American flag in the background.
At the end of the song, Gaga appeared to have jumped from the roof and rappelled onto the field, landing on an elevated platform on the stage.
The video showed the musician being pulled up to rafters of the stadium and waiting in position until the end of the song. Gaga then puts herself into her Spider-Man-like crawl before she is lowered onto the towering platform.
Officials at Intel, the company that provided the 300 drones, told USA Today that the opening number was prerecorded.
“Lady Gaga also was on the roof when this was filmed, and from a logistics and creative perspective, it’s a bit hard for her to go from the roof all the way down to the floor of the stadium,” Intel Drones general manager Natalie Cheung told USA Today.
While there’s no doubt that there were theatrics involved in selling Gaga’s jump from the roof of NRG Stadium, the jaw-dropping show has been receiving rave reviews from many who saw it.
From the opening stunt to the pyrotechnics to the final leap from the stage while catching a football, Gaga put on one of the most stunning Super Bowl halftime shows.
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