How to hurl an epic Super Bowl half-time show

Five must-have elements of past performances that can refashion in her own image this Sunday

Lady Gagas Super Bowl half-time performance this Sunday will be the result of her longstanding pop scholarship, which of course extends to pop musics premier showcase for its top artists. The thing is, its such a big world stage in terms of how many people see it and its been done so many times, Gaga said while prepping for the big show in January. I suppose the challenge is to look at it and say, What can I do differently, how can I elevate certain interesting thing here and there and also make it about the music?

An admirable objective, but history is littered with Super Bowl half-time musicians who tried something different and procured themselves pariahs. With that in mind, here are five must-have elements of the Super Bowl half-time show that Gaga can refashion in her own image this Sunday.

Make a big entrance

Nicki Minaj and Madonna perform during the course of its Super Bowl XLVI half-time depict. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/ AFP/ Getty Images

When Madonna came out for her show in 2012, she asserted herself as pop royalty by arriving on the Lucas Oil Stadium field on a giant throne. Reports that Gaga has her sights set on a rooftop performance tints of the Beatles! might indicate that shes thinking of making a similarly big splashing.( Literally, if the working group rain; one of the reported plans for transporting her between the domed stadiums roof and its field involves cutting a hole in NRG Stadiums protective covering .)

Keep the momentum going

One of the problems with Gagas catalog as of late has been the unfocused nature of her songwriting; while Joanne was a vast improvement on 2013 s messy, sprawling Artpop, it still gets stuck in musical cul-de-sacs at times. Perfect Illusion, the albums glammed-up lead single, brings to mind the theme-park ride known as the Gravitron its blatant channeling of Laura Branigans romantic desperation is enjoyable at first, although after a while the listener is like shes being whipped around in circles for four or so minutes. But the relatively brief nature of the half-time present( recent sights have hovered somewhere around the 13 – or 14 -minute mark) means that she can medley it up, which will allow her to make her ballads high points in rapid succession and even promote some lesser-heard cuts from Joanne, which expended last week at number 58 on the Billboard 200.

Keep your guests close to your vest

The Super Bowl half-time show programmers have recently re-embraced pop, which languished in NFL exile for a few years after Justin Timberlakes 2004 disrobing of Janet Jackson. But theres still a tentativeness about the shift, which is evidenced by the cramming of guests on to the stage for any musician who exists out of the classic-rock paradigm( or whose name is Beyonc ). Coldplay was the scheduled headliner last year, but Beyoncs just-released thunderbolt Formation and Bruno Marss Minneapolis Sound throwback Uptown Funk stole Chris Martins thunder; Madonnas deeper catalog was cast aside in favor of the Minaj/ MIA trifle Give Me All Your Luvin and two LMFAO anthems; and poor Bruno Mars had to deal with the Red Hot Chili Peppers homing in on his territory. Gagas biggest cooperations in recent years have involved much-beloved crooner Tony Bennett and the even more beloved Beyonc who hails from the Super Bowl set of Houston and just made some waves of her own.

Offer up some gif-able moments

Katy Perry and the sharks. Photograph: David J. Phillip/ AP

Bruce Springsteens stage-long slide in 2009 provided an eye-popping half-time prove moment, as did Beyoncs getting bodied in 2013. Gagas penchant for sleekly controlled dance moves and showy garbs from the oversized pink cowboy hat that defines the Joanne era to wearing a meat dress will certainly work in her favor here, although lets hope she doesnt to continue efforts to conjure up the memory of the lackadaisical Left Shark, who became beloved after sleepwalking through Katy Perrys 2015 performance of the bouncy California Gurls.

Pull out an old reliable for a huge finish

While matching the drama of Princes 2007 set-closing performance of Purple Rain which was accompanied by , no lie, rain coming down in Miami will probably be impossible for any Super Bowl half-time musician who hasnt brokered a deal with Mother Nature, Gaga certainly has songs that can hike up the sight and get the crowds in NRG Stadium and huddled in front of televisions around America fired up for second half. Bad Romance, Gagas 2009 Fame Monster epic, is the obvious option here; not only does it have a hand gesture for everyone to join in on, but its shutting growling of want-yohhh-bad-roohh-ohh-mannnce will allow for a big finish where Gaga holds a pose while fireworks detonation around the stadium. But The Edge Of Glory, Gagas 2011 attempt to distill the entire Footloose soundtrack into a single track, might be an even better selection especially if she honors the late Clarence Clemonss contribution to the song by inviting his son Jake to sit in on the solo.

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