Everyone has been talking about Lady Gaga’s halftime show for Super Bowl 51 (the finals to NFL/ professional American Football) and rightfully so. She literally flew onto the stage via cable wires wearing a silver Atelier Versace-shoulder padded bodysuit and rhinestone eye makeup, reminiscent not only of her “Just Dance” and “Paparazzi” era, but the late David Bowie.
Perhaps the speculations are a stretch and the outfits were merely alluding to the American football uniform, but Lady Gaga’s adoration of Bowie is well-known. She wore the lighting bolt make-up and his red mullet for the Grammy’s pre-recorded tribute video to Bowie’s.
And not to mention, Bowie's overall influence on Gaga as an artist is apparent, as shown here in a interview with NPR.
“Well, the moment that I saw the Aladdin Sane cover for the first time, I was 19 years old, and it just changed my perspective on everything, forever. It was an image that changed my life. I remember I took the vinyl record out of the casing and I put it on my vinyl player — which was on my stovetop in my kitchen, because I was living in this really tiny apartment and I had my turntable on my stove. "Watch That Man" came on and, I mean, that was just the beginning of my artistic birth. I started to dress more expressively. I started to go to the library and look through more art books. I took an art history class. I was playing with a band."
Whether or not the resemblance was intentional, nevertheless, NFL and Gaga fans can thank David Bowie for an incredible half-time show.