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Lady Gaga says Super Bowl halftime show is 'for everyone'

Associated Press logo Associated Press 2/2/2017 By MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music Writer
Lady Gaga answers questions at a news conference for the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) © The Associated Press Lady Gaga answers questions at a news conference for the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

HOUSTON (AP) — Lady Gaga said she hopes her Super Bowl halftime show will celebrate "inclusion" and the "spirit of equality" during a time of national division.

Lady Gaga throws her official game ball into the crowd Lady during an NFL football news conference about the halftime show for Super Bowl 51, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, in Houston. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP) © The Associated Press Lady Gaga throws her official game ball into the crowd Lady during an NFL football news conference about the halftime show for Super Bowl 51, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, in Houston. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

"This performance is for everyone. I want to, more than anything, create a moment that everyone that's watching will never forget," she said in a press conference Thursday in Houston.

Lady Gaga answers questions at a news conference for the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) © The Associated Press Lady Gaga answers questions at a news conference for the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Gaga wouldn't reveal what songs she would sing, how many costumes she'll wear or any staging details, but promised a "tremendously athletic" show and no reappearance of her infamous meat dress.

Lady Gaga answers questions at a news conference for the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) © The Associated Press Lady Gaga answers questions at a news conference for the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

She also said there wouldn't be any wardrobe malfunctions — like Janet Jackson's infamous moment at the last Super Bowl held in Houston in 2014.

Lady Gaga answers questions at a news conference for the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) © The Associated Press Lady Gaga answers questions at a news conference for the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

"Everything is going to be nice and tight," Gaga said. "I wouldn't worry about that."

When Gaga debuted in 2008, her sound was a mix of electronic, dance and pop sounds, including the hits "Poker Face" and "Just Dance." Her latest album though, "Joanne," delves into country and acoustic rock territory, and she said she plans to perform songs from her entire catalog.

The 30-year-old singer, who sang the national anthem at last year's Super Bowl, was nominated for the best original song Oscar last year and won a Golden Globe for her role on the FX series "American Horror Story." Gaga said she considers being asked to be the halftime headliner is due to her fans, affectionately known as "little monsters."

"Essentially, that kid that couldn't get a seat at the cool kids table and that kid who was kicked out of the house because his mom and dad didn't accept him for who he was? That kid is going to have the stage for 13 minutes," she said. "And I'm excited to give it to them."

The performance at the NRG Stadium will also feature Tony Bennett, who Gaga called a "tremendously wise man." Gaga and Bennett recorded the 2014 album of duets, "Cheek to Cheek," which won a Grammy — the sixth for Gaga. They also launched a successful tour.

The showdown between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons airs Sunday on Fox. Gaga, who said many of her relatives are Pittsburgh Steelers fans, wouldn't reveal whom she's rooting for. "I'm going to keep that one to myself," she said.

In addition to Gaga, three original cast members of the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit "Hamilton" will sing "America the Beautiful" during pregame festivities and Luke Bryan will perform the national anthem.

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