Lady Gaga continues to dominate the small screen. The “Born This Way” singer has been added to the star-studded Super Bowl lineup for a very high-profile performance, marking yet another buzzy TV appearance for the pop superstar. While she won’t be part of the halftime show with Coldplay and Beyonce, Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem ahead of the big game between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers at Super Bowl 50, according to Variety.
Lady Gaga is in good company for this honor. Everyone from Cher to Carrie Underwood has belted out the game-opening “Star Spangled Banner.” For this year’s Super Bowl opener, Marlee Matlin will perform the national anthem in American Sign Language alongside Gaga.
While some celebs’ performances of the national anthem have been questionable (Roseanne Barr’s crude rendition of the song at a 1990 Padres game comes to mind), expect Lady Gaga to belt out a respectable version of the nation’s signature song. Gaga previously performed the national anthem at the New York City Pride Rally in 2013, and she didn’t miss a note.
With the Super Bowl gig added to her resume, Lady Gaga is turning into a TV regular. It’s only one month into the year and she’s already dominating the small screen for 2016. Last month, the singer won a Golden Globe Award for her role as The Countess in the FX anthology American Horror Story: Hotel. And fans will likely see her at the Academy Awards later this month, as she’s nominated for an Oscar with collaborator Diane Warren for best original song for their ballad “Til It Happens To You,” which was featured in the movie The Hunting Ground.
In addition to her appearances at the Super Bowl and the Academy Awards, Lady Gaga will take the stage at this year’s Grammy Awards — and not just because she’s nominated for Best Song Written for Visual Media for “Til It Happens To You.” Gaga will pay tribute to music icon David Bowie, according to Rolling Stone.
Nile Rodgers will serve as music director for the tribute to the rock legend, who died after a battle with cancer last month at age 69. Lady Gaga’s tribute will be a solo performance and will be “a multisensory testament” to Bowie’s iconic artistry. The tribute will include a medley of three to four of Bowie’s most famous songs and will last about seven minutes.
Lady Gaga has been vocal about the fact that David Bowie is one of her biggest musical influences. She told the Hollywood Reporter that she was always drawn to the late “Ziggy Stardust” singer and his glamorous image.
“I always felt that [Bowie’s] glamour was something he was using to express a message to people that was very healing for their souls. He is a true, true artist and I don’t know if I ever went, ‘Oh, I’m going to be that way like this,’ or if I arrived upon it slowly, realizing it was my calling and that’s what drew me to him.”
With all of her recent and upcoming TV appearances, 2016 is already turning out to be a big year for Lady Gaga. And with buzz of a new album coming out later this year — and all of the media appearances that come with that — 2016 could be Gaga’s biggest career year yet. The pop superstar turns 30-years-old in March.
Lady Gaga will open Super Bowl 50 live from Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco on Sunday, February 7 on CBS. The 2016 Grammy Awards ceremony — and Gaga’s Bowie tribute — will air live on Monday, February 15 on CBS.
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