9 February, 2016 - NME.com
Lady Gaga has revealed what was going through her mind when performing the US national anthem at the NFL Super Bowl on Sunday (February 7).
The singer blew crowds away with her rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California with Gaga following in the footsteps of Whitney Houston, Beyoncé and last year's performer Idina Menzel by singing the song at the event.
When asked by Extra how she went about making the iconic tune her own, Gaga explained: "I just thought about the lyrics and what they really mean. They’ve been around a long time, so I thought about what they mean now, I just sang from my heart.
"It’s kind of ancient history stuff, in the Greek and Roman history, performing for the greatest athletics in the world is the highest honour. I’m Italian and European, so, for me, it was such an honour as an American."
Gaga, who was joined by her mother Cynthia and fiancé Taylor Kinney at the sporting showdown, continued: "It was really amazing, the athletes were just kind of majestic standing up there, singing for the fans in the stands and all over the world, it was so cool."
The New York-born singer added that she enjoyed the moment fighter jets flew over the stadium as she finished the anthem, stating: "I promised myself I was going to look up to see them, because that would be the only time (I'd get to do something like that)."
Gaga is expected to release a new studio album in 2016 and has been in the studio with producers including RedOne and Mark Ronson in the past twelve months as she works on tracks for the record. A release date is as yet unknown.