February is a busy month for Lady Gaga, but the “Applause” singer still considers her performance of the National Anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 7, to be “a dream come true.”
The 29-year-old singer, who will also perform at the upcoming Grammy Awards and Oscars later this month, sat down with NFL.com to talk about what she considers the highest honor.
“I’ve always wanted to sing the National Anthem at a major sporting event since I was a little girl, and for it to be the Super Bowl, it is the ultimate…” Gaga trailed off, adding that she watched and rewatched singers performing the song as a little girl.
“This is one of the highest honors of my career.”
“For me, it was Whitney Houston,” she said when asked if she particularly admired any particularly iconic performance. “When I was little, I used to stand at the top of my staircase and sing along with her version. At home, the more I would sing it, the more my dad would say, ‘You’re getting pretty good, kid.’ So to be here now and to sing it to America, it’s just wonderful.”
And even though she doesn’t have any particular team that she’s rooting for, Gaga still said that she can’t wait to watch the game.
“I think it marks what being an American is all about — working hard and the ultimate payoff for the champion is hard work,” she said, noting that she’s come up with a way to calm her nerves. “I think the best way to do that is to forget about yourself, and just focus on what it means.”
Lady Gaga performed the National Anthem at Super Bowl 50 on Sunday. Watch below!
The pop star sang the “Star-Spangled Banner” on the field at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California just before the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers compete for the 2016 NFL Championship. In interviews prior to the big performance, Gaga said she would not be doing a flashy rendition, instead wanting to show the song, and our country, the respect it deserves. And the Grammy-winning singer delivered.
She was joined by Marlee Matlin, who beautifully performed the “Star-Spangled Banner” in sign language for the hearing-impaired. Gaga’s gig as this year’s National Anthem artist was only announced days ago. She follows in the footsteps of Idina Menzel (2015), Renee Fleming (2014), and Alicia Keys (2013).
As monumental as the Super Bowl is, it’s only one of three huge appearances Gaga is making this month. On February 15, she will take the stage at the 2016 Grammy Awards to pay tribute to David Bowie, who died last month. And on February 28, Gaga will attend the Academy Awards as a first-time nominee for the original song “It Could Happen To You,” though it’s unknown if she will be performing during the ceremony.
Check out the video below of Lady Gaga singing the National Anthem at Super Bowl 50. And stay tuned for video of the halftime performance with Coldplay, Bruno Mars, and Beyoncé!