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Whether it's her unusual fashion sense or outspoken style, singer and actress Lady Gaga can sometimes rub people the wrong way.

When it came to her rendition of the national anthem during the opening of Super Bowl 50, however, there seems to be pretty widespread agreement that she absolutely nailed it.

While critics and fans alike have applauded her performance, Gaga's version of “The Star Spangled Banner” amounted to something more than just a gig for the singer, as well.

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In an interview with Extra after the Super Bowl, Gaga said:

"It was really amazing, the athletes were just kind of majestic standing up there, singing for the fans in the stands and all over the world, it was so cool...

It’s kind of ancient history stuff, in the Greek and Roman history, performing for the greatest athletics in the world is the highest honor. I’m Italian and European, so for me it was such an honor as an American."

Noting that she promised herself she was “going to look up to see” the Blue Angels fighter jets that soared overhead, the singer added:

“I just thought about the lyrics and what they really mean. They’ve been around a long time, so I thought about what they mean now, I just sang from my heart.”

For many, that decision seriously paid off:

On the heels of her blowout Super Bowl performance, the singer is set to perform a memorial to David Bowie at the Grammys, followed by a show at the Oscars.

Love her or hate her, it's hard to deny Lady Gaga's star power right now.

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