Gaga has placed 23 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, so there’s no shortage of hits to choose from. Of those tunes, 13 have hit the top 10, including “Just Dance,” “Poker Face” and “Born This Way” — which all reached No. 1.
But aside from the hits, here are four things we’d like to see from her performance:
When Gaga covers a song, she conquers it. From her Sound of Music medley at the 2015 Oscars to show-stoppers like her appearance with Queen in 2014 on “Another One Bites the Dust,” her range of abilities can truly make this performance shine. Most recently, the singer took on the task of a David Bowie tribute at this year’s Grammys, covering everything from “Rebel, Rebel” to “Space Oddity.” And then there’s her album with Tony Bennett full of jazz standards that she could choose from. The possibilities in this category are endless.
The potential to send a message
What better platform to send a message than what is typically the most-watched TV event in the United States annually? As someone who has been outspoken about LGBT rights and bullying for the majority of her career, she could bring activism into her performance like her friend Beyonce did during her own 2016 Super Bowl guest appearance with a nod to the Black Panthers. Gaga launched her own nonprofit organization, the Born This Way Foundation, back in 2011, aiming to create a “braver, kinder world” for young people. She also co-wrote “Til It Happens to You” with Diane Warren for the documentary The Hunting Ground, which addresses campus sexual assault in the United States, and she did a stunning performance of the ballad on the 88th Academy Awards. Whatever the message is, we just hopes she sends one.
While her list of collaborators in her eight-year career is relatively short, the few that she has worked with could make excellent editions to her performance, most notably Tony Bennett. Since their 2014 album Cheek to Cheek, the pair have done many appearances together and it wouldn’t feel right to not include him. Another possibility? Bringing out Jake Clemons, nephew of late Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band saxophonist Clarence Clemons, to take on the task of performing his uncle’s sax part on “The Edge of Glory.” But the ultimate collaboration would be…
Yes, we know Beyonce has already been included in two Super Bowl halftime shows in the past three years, but is it too much to ask to finally have a live duet between the two megastars? Since the release of Gaga’s “Telephone” (The Fame Monster, 2009) and Beyonce’s “Video Phone” (I Am… Sasha Fierce, 2008), the two have yet to perform either song live together. They missed their chance at the 2016 Super Bowl — where Gaga was on hand to sing the national anthem and Queen Bey joined halftime headliners Coldplay — but they have a second chance at the 2017 show.
What do you want to see from Gaga’s halftime show? Share your ideas in the comments.