Celebrating “America’s day … democracy’s day,” in the words of 46th president Joe Biden, Lady Gaga took to the steps of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday (Jan. 20) in one of her signature statement outfits to sing the National Anthem before Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn into office in Washington, D.C.
The singer not only entered the history books with her stirring rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” but — in her inimitable style — managed to steal the show for a few minutes thanks to another instant classic ensemble.
To honor former senator and two-term VP Biden as well as history-making former Sen. Harris, Gaga appeared in what many instantly described as a Hunger Games-inspired outfit that featured a billowing, floor-length custom Schiaparelli red gown, long-sleeved black top accented with an oversized gold peace dove brooch and black leather gloves. She accessorized it with an all-gold microphone, an updo with a twisted braid woven with black fabric, and golden in-ear monitors accented by flowers around her ears.
The internet, of course, had so many thoughts and jokes, from posts about how “they turned a Lady Gaga concert into a presidential inauguration” to the expected Katniss and Effie jokes.
Even The Hunger Games‘ official Twitter account got in on the fun. “we’re missing one of our mockingjay pins,” the account shared. “has anybody seen it?”
Check out some of the best reactions, and watch Gaga’s performance below.
we’re missing one of our mockingjay pins, has anybody seen it?
— The Hunger Games 🔥 (@TheHungerGames) January 20, 2021
— Gaga Notify (@gaganotify) January 20, 2021
Why’d Lady Gaga show up to the Inauguration Party dressed like she’s kicking off the Hunger Games?
— Dylan Park (@dyllyp) January 20, 2021
Lady Gaga showed up to the inauguration with an empty stomach, because she absolutely ate that.
— Lil Uzi Hurt 🥺 (@lostblackboy) January 20, 2021
“Tearing up at Lady Gaga singing the national anthem the inauguration” is something that it’d be hard to explain to your 2008 self
— Hayes Brown (@HayesBrown) January 20, 2021
The podium doesn't lie: Lady Gaga has made history as the first President to perform the National Anthem at her own inauguration pic.twitter.com/UxoETc71mg
— Joey Nolfi (@joeynolfi) January 20, 2021
Lady Gaga performing at Joe Biden's inauguration 😍 pic.twitter.com/zxAOx5Ragv
— Ashley St. Clair 🇺🇸 (@stclairashley) January 20, 2021
— GM ❾❻ (@gagamonster96) January 20, 2021