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Super Bowl 2016: Watch Lady Gaga slay "The Star-Spangled Banner"

Alex Abad-Santos is a senior correspondent who explains what society obsesses over, from Marvel and movies to fitness and skin care. He came to Vox in 2014. Prior to that, he worked at the Atlantic.

Super Bowl 50 is underway, and it began with an impressive moment as Lady Gaga opened the game with a splashy performance of "The Star Spangled Banner." Gaga, decked in a glittery pantsuit and hair threatening to puncture the stratosphere, went for a very theatrical rendition of the song.

And she backed it up by hitting the notes. All the notes. The highlight came toward the end, during the song's "flag was still there" section. She held one note for so long that I expected bald eagles to fly down from the sky and swoop her up to the heavens.

It was a great start to the Super Bowl. And we still have Beyoncé (and a football game, I guess) waiting for us.

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