A collective gasp resounded in homes across the country when Lady Gaga took a leap off faith off the top of Houston’s NGR Stadium the night of her Super Bowl halftime performance. However, it has been revealed that her jump wasn’t as risky as it seemed.
After singing her rendition of “God Bless America” in front of a background of 300 lit up drones, Gaga seemed to throw caution to the wind as cameras cut to her being lowered down to the stage. The fact that this was not filmed live did not have anything to do with Gaga herself, though. The general manager of Intel Drones, Natalie Cheung, told USA Today, “In February, you don’t know what it will be like during Super Bowl day. We’d hate to plan all this and, if the wind speeds are too high or if it’s raining and the roof is closed, no one can see this spectacular show. So our creative team as well as the Super Bowl creative team felt this would be best to be filmed. Lady Gaga also was on the roof when this was filmed, and from a logistics and creative perspective, it’s a bit hard for her to go from the roof all the way down to the floor of the stadium.”
Ultimately, the show was a success despite the fact that it was not entirely live. Fans were enamored with Gaga’s mashup of classic pop hits, as well as with the stunts and dance moves she did perform live.
— NFL (@NFL) February 6, 2017