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Who would have thought that a woman who once wore a meat dress to the MTV Video Music Awards would be singing our country’s theme song just five and a half year later.

Only in America, huh?

Lady Gaga National Anthem Photo

That’s exactly what took place at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara on Sunday night, as Lady Gaga took to the field prior to the Carolina Panthers taking on the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50.

Did she equal the inspirational performance of Whitney Houston when belting out the Star-Spangled Banner?

No, but that’s an impossible bar to set for any performer.

Lady Gaga did prove, however, that she is far more than just someone who dresses up in weird outfits on stage. 

(Even though she did rock a glittery red outfit, replete with bright red eye shadow and blue nails.)

She’s a true artist with a real voice and she showed it off in memorable fashion in front of the biggest audience any singer will ever face.

If you’ll forgive our mixing of sports metaphors, we think she hit a home run.

Lady Gaga

Do you agree? Where do you stand on Gaga’s rendition?

Did Gaga live up to expectations? Where do you rank her performance on the list of all-time Super Bowl national anthem performances?

Sound off in the Comments section below and then in the following poll: 

Grade Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl 50 rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner?