This Sunday, Lady Gaga will take the stage for the biggest performance of her already bombastically successful career as a pop artist, when she headlines the Super Bowl halftime show live from Houston, TX. It’s unfortunate that her performance won’t be in the form of a ‘Battle of the Bands,’ but that’s a conversation for another time.
Earlier this week Gaga called into the morning show on Boston’s Mix 104.1 radio station to help promote the event and talk about what she has planned for the most watched concert of the year. During the interview Gaga addressed what role the NFL actually plays in picking out which artist they want representing them on their biggest night, as well as whether or not they had set any limitations to what she can and can’t do.
“There’s a lengthy process to go through, meeting with the NFL and sort of applying and discussing what you would do in the first place. I think that part of how they decide who is going to come and do the halftime show is based on our ideas and what we want to do,” Gaga said in regards to the organization’s involvement in her show. “They were really excited about the show we wanted to put on. They’ve been super supportive. They’ve been there every day at the rehearsal space with us, cheering me on as we rehearse.”
She did admit that her sister had come up with more of an aerial performance idea, which would feature Gaga starting out her set on top of the roof of Houston’s NRG Stadium and would come down suspended in the air. It was the possibility of Gaga’s former tour-mate, collaborator, and close friend in Tony Bennett joining her on stage which seemed to be the more realistic and fun talking point.
“I don’t want to say anything or give away specifically about what you will see during the halftime show, because I don’t want to ruin the surprise for everyone else,” she said in response to the possibility of a duet with Bennett. “I will tell you that it’s going to be fantastic and Tony is the best there is, and if he was in it, it would be fantastic!”
Both Gaga and Bennett collaborated for a duet album together back in 2014 with Cheek to Cheek, and embarked on a thirty-six show tour in promotion of the LP. More recently, Gaga appeared on the television broadcast in celebration of Bennett’s 90th birthday, where she performed twice throughout the show and wished the iconic singer a happy birthday by saying, “I love you. I love you Tony and Susan. Tony, you are indeed an icon. But for me, you’re so much more than that.”