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It's official: Lady Gaga to play halftime of Super Bowl LI in Houston

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The worst-kept secret in the NFL has been confirmed.

Lady Gaga will headline halftime of Super Bowl LI in Houston, the NFL announced Thursday night, confirming rumors that have been swirling for weeks.

For Gaga, it'll mark her second straight appearance at the big game, after she sang the national anthem before this year's game in February. But it'll also mark the culmination of a two-year run that you could, in the wake of her disappointing 2013 album Artpop, call a comeback.

There was her widely acclaimed tribute to Julie Andrews and The Sound of Music at the 2015 Oscars. There was her curious but charming 2014 album with Tony Bennett, Cheek to Cheek, which ended up winning a Grammy. There was her Golden Globe-winning role in American Horror Story: Hotel.

And then, in February, came three more enormous performances she knocked out of the park: The Star-Spangled Banner at the Super Bowl, a David Bowie tribute medley at the Grammys and a stirring performance of her Oscar-nominated song Til It Happens To You at this year's Academy Awards, featuring an introduction by Joe Biden.

Gaga's gotten a bit lost in the shuffle amid the Taylors and Beyonces and Adeles of the world, but that's a pretty incredible two-year stretch. Now comes the next chapter of her chameleonic career: A new album, Joanne, due Oct. 21, and the Super Bowl gig.

Gaga will no doubt play at least one or two new songs (like Perfect Illusion), but what else? The Edge of Glory seems like a slam-dunk for a setting like this. Just Dance and Bad Romance are probably solid picks. And can you imagine if she brought out R. Kelly for Do What U Want? Yeah, the NFL probably wants no part of that action. But it'd be fun to see.

Lady Gaga will talk about her Super Bowl performance during this week's Fox NFL Sunday, airing at noon Sunday.

-- Jay Cridlin

[Last modified: Friday, September 30, 2016 10:27am]


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