Angelica Florio
Updated Feb 06, 2017 @ 1:07 pm

Anticipation (and anxiety and more anticipation) for Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl halftime performance has been brewing for months now, and the performance did not disappoint. Hours before kickoff, rumors were flying about a Beyoncé appearance (false) and hundreds of drones (true), but nothing could prepare us for the acrobatic and amazing performance that it was. She flew, she danced, she played piano, and yes, she sang her heart out to all the Gaga classics.

We need to watch it about a thousand more times to take it all in because just that mic drop alone was legendary.

While she didn’t tell anyone which songs she would perform, Lady Gaga set the tone for her performance in advance by telling the New York Times,

When she belted Born this Way she proved that statement true. Watch the performance yourself:

Practice work pays off

Gaga had documented her performance prep on Instagram for weeks ahead game day, and it’s clear she practiced for the show a lot. Just an hour before kickoff, Gaga posted a heartfelt message about the huge honor that the halftime slot presents.

Her caption reads,

Gaga truly did perform her heart out, and the fact that she cares so much about her fans, her Little Monsters, makes her even more lovable. *Gaga mic drop*