According to sources on the ground at Houston’s NRG Stadium, where the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons are battling for the title, Gaga was “very emotional” and “crying” as she walked off the stage following her 13-minute performance and “dove right into her sister’s arms.”
The singer was then escorted down an underground tunnel back to her dressing room, where she was greeted by ecstatic and screaming fans. According to an observer: “Even drunk guys in [football] jerseys were yelling, ‘Best one ever!'”
Soon after, the Germanotta clan reunited in the dressing room where “more hugs and tears” followed for the family of four — parents Cynthia and Joe, whom Gaga acknowledged from the stage, and sister Natali.
In spite of attendance by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, there was little talk of politics backstage. “It was all about the performance,” says our source.
The crowd, too, was receptive and cheered during the halftime show intro, during which Gaga sang the Woody Guthrie folk classic “This Land Is Your Land” and “God Bless America.” She then proceeded to deliver a few of her greatest hits, including “Edge of Glory,” “Born This Way,” “Telephone,” “Just Dnce” and “Bad Romance.”
Attendees were asked to participate by flashing their cell phone flashlights when prompted by screens in the stadium. Few people stayed in their seats for the entirety of Gaga’s performance.
Certainly, the NFL seemed pleased. The league’s official handle tweeted, “WOW. Amazing.” as Gaga exited the stage.
— NFL (@NFL) February 6, 2017