One could say Lady Gaga has a history of using shocking antics to stir controversy and draw attention to her music, a practice which made her rich and famous the world over. The pop star, who once wore a dress made of raw meat at MTV’s Video Music Awards to protest the military’s onetime policy toward gays, sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl 50 on Sunday.
Noticeably absent from her critically acclaimed rendition of the Star Spangled Banner were her antics, but Extra caught up with the singer after the game, and Gaga had a chance to describe the experience.
It was really amazing, the athletes were just kind of majestic standing up there, singing for the fans in the stands and all over the world, it was so cool. I just thought about the lyrics and what they really mean. They’ve been around a long time, so I thought about what they mean now, I just sang from my heart.
It’s kind of ancient history stuff, in the Greek and Roman history, performing for the greatest athletics in the world is the highest honor. I’m Italian and European, so for me it was such an honor as an American.
Speaking about the jets passing above, Gaga commented, “I promised myself I was going to look up to see them, because that would be the only time.” Gaga was with her mom, Cynthia, who expressed her motherly pride: “I’m very proud, but she was proud and honored to sing for her country.”
Born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta on March 28, 1986 in Yonkers, N.Y., Gaga attended New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts. Grammy, People’s Choice, and Golden Globe winning Gaga is a celebrated American singer, songwriter, and actress.