The singer’s performance had promised to be politically charged in the wake of protests against Donald Trump.
But, although her lyrics reference ‘black, white and beige’ and ‘gay, straight, or bi, lesbian, transgendered life’, there appeared to be no direct attack on the US president.
Fans took to Twitter to question why there was no reference to the controversial Muslim ban, or the Women’s March or, apparently, anything.
Has Lady #Gaga finally moved to the final stage of grieving — acceptance? No Trump diss? No hijab? No “wall” the dancers broke through.
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) February 6, 2017
I can’t believe that lady gaga didnt her platform to call Trump a cheeto with little hands. She might as well have committed a hate crime
— bitcoin trillionaire (@prettybinladen) February 6, 2017
I can’t believe lady gaga didn’t perform swine while burning a picture of donald trump
— krystal garcia jung (@substitutedaddy) February 6, 2017
I Actually Wanted The Night Off From Trump So I’m Not Really Bent Out Of Shape Over GaGa Not Making Statements.
— Patrick Mensah-Boadi (@PSawyerSchue) February 6, 2017
So I’m surprised that Gaga didn’t say anything about Trump. Thank you Mother Monster
— Colby (@coleroberts589) February 6, 2017
But was Gaga REALLY going to pass up an opportunity on the world’s biggest stage to throw some serious shade at Trump?
Well, no. And she didn’t.
The superstar’s dig at Trump was simple and subtle but crushingly effective.
Gaga opened the half-time show with a poignant medley of “America the Beautiful” and “This Land is Our Land”.
As she perched on the roof of the stadium, the sky behind her illuminated with red, white and blue stars.