For Super Bowl halftime performers, the press conference during Super Week is pretty much a fun formality. Predictably, we didn’t learn much about the actual performance from Lady Gaga when she took the podium in Houston on Thursday. But everyone seemed to have fun and we did learn some interesting tidbits and fun facts. One, legendary Steelers quarterback and Fox analyst Terry Bradshaw is a Lady Gaga fan. Actually, that’s somehow not surprising.
As NFL.com reported, Gaga danced around Bradshaw’s question of whether she would play his favorite song, “Edge of Glory.” They did have fun when Terry asked if Gaga’s grandmother, who is a huge Steelers fan, was single. She did reveal, as USA Today reported, that she would be playing songs spanning her entire career. But perhaps the most revealing thing Mother Monster lets us in on was that Michael Jackson’s 1993 Super Bowl halftime performance was something that really stuck with her.
"Watching Michael Jackson do the halftime show is one of the fondest memories that I have. He encapsulates everything that you love about a great performer. You watch him go on stage and you can see he's getting his head into the zone and he's having a true defining moment. It's what it must feel like to be a champion."
But what about the guest rumors? It’s not looking like Tony Bennett will perform with Gaga, but it has been revealed that the legendary crooner will be introducing her. While MM may have teased a drop-in from hometown girl Beyoncé by using a bee emoji in an Instagram post, Gaga said not to read too much into it. Plus, as we all know, Bey just announced that she is pregnant with twins.
Will there be a political statement? Gaga had this to say on the matter:
"The only statements that I'll be making during the halftime show are the statements that I've been consistently making throughout my career. I believe in compassion for inclusion, I believe in the spirit of equality and the spirit of this country as one of love and compassion and kindness so my performance will uphold those philosophies."
Well said, MM. We’ll leave you with a fun fact. The last time the Patriots were in Houston for the Super Bowl, Janet Jackson was the performer. We don’t need to go on but when someone asked Gaga if she was nervous she wittily replied, “Are you going to blame that on the Patriots?” That was about it, oh, and no meat dress, bummer.
You can check out full video of Lady Gaga's Super Bowl press conference below.