The best part of Super Bowl LI’s halftime show? There will be absolutely zero Coldplay involved.
Sunday’s extravaganza will eschew the typical tradition of rolling out a trio acts, instead focusing on a singular performer and her sidekick. LI’s headliner? Lady Gaga.
The Fame Monster artist was originally rumored to be flying solo, one year after Beyonce, Coldplay, and Bruno Mars choked the field at Levi’s Stadium and two since Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz, and Missy Elliott teamed up for an eclectic performance that catapulted Left Shark into the public consciousness. Instead, she’ll team up with San Francisco’s favorite nonagenarian — the legendary Tony Bennett — who will contribute a brief video introduction to help kick off the event.
Lady Gaga, never one to avoid spectacle, will have to step up her game Sunday. She’ll be the focus of more than 72,000 live fans and hundreds of millions more across the globe on television. The Grammy-winning chanteuse has some grand plans in store for her performance; reports swirled midway through January she wanted to find a way to sing from the retractable roof of NRG Stadium.
Earlier this week on Mix 104.1’s Karson & Kennedy, the 30-year-old singer revealed that the idea came from her sister, who said “I know, let’s suspend you in the air!” However, Lady Gaga stopped short of confirming whether she would open the show on the roof.
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