Most people expected famed pop singer Lady Gaga to make some sort of political statement during her Super Bowl halftime performance over the weekend.
But she proved them wrong when she began her performance on the roof of Houston's NRG Stadium singing "God Bless America."
"One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all," Gaga said before dropping into the stadium as hundreds of red, white and blue drones formed an American flag behind her.
After all, Gaga made headlines after Trump won last year's election when she protested in Manhattan outside Trump Tower. She was famously photographed on the side of a truck holding a Hillary Clinton campaign sign that read, "Love trumps hate."
Indeed, Gaga's Super Bowl performance was not political at all, not even the slightest overtone. Even Las Vegas thought Gaga would get political, offering a variety of different "prop" bets that allowed people to bet on the odds of whether or not Gaga would make certain political statements.
Last year's Super Bowl halftime show, on the other hand, was full of political overtones and created controversy for days.
The show was intended to be headlined by the band Coldplay, but world-renowned singer Beyoncé stole the show when she and her backup dancers sang and danced "Formation," which according to Vox.com is a "riskier, filthier, angrier, and pulpier than is typical for Beyoncé. It's also proudly steeped in black American culture, celebrates black femininity, and is overtly political, with Beyoncé sinking a New Orleans cop car as a little boy in a hoodie dances in front of riot cops."
Her backup dancers were also notably dressed as Black Panthers. They even paid tribute to a man killed by San Francisco police.
Beyonce's dancers paid tribute to #MarioWoods, black man killed by San Francisco police. #SB50 #BlackLives https://t.co/m2Pl9i5qKL— Jamilah King (@Jamilah King)1454899751.0
Further, Vox said the heavy political overtones of Beyonce's performance were intentional and meant to create dialogue and even controversy.
"Beyoncé performing 'Formation' at the Super Bowl is a huge, purposeful statement. Putting black America center stage smack dab in the middle of Coldplay's set was a significant move right from the start, but it is especially poignant in the context of the song's defiant social commentary," wrote Vox writer Caroline Framke at the time.
"More crucially, she transformed one of the biggest events in sports, corporate synergy, and entertainment into a distinctly political act," she added.
After the show, some, like former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, accused Beyoncé of using the halftime show to make a political statement and "attack" police.
A Tennessee sheriff even accused Beyoncé of "inciting bad behavior" and endangering law enforcement across the country.
People even planned protests in front of the NFL headquarters, according to TheWrap.
So in the end on Sunday, people were just happy they got to watch football without having to worry about politics or have strong political statements pushed on them by the halftime entertainers.
Thank you for non-politics half-time, Super Bowl.— Ben Sasse (@Ben Sasse)1486344462.0
Impressed with and appreciative of @ladygaga 's #HalfTimeShow performance. Opened with patriotism and sang live. 🤘🏼— Dana Loesch (@Dana Loesch)1486344511.0
I expect the Left to attack Gaga for not going political last night. I tip my hat to her for doing what she is paid to do - entertain.— Bill Mitchell (@Bill Mitchell)1486379905.0
Okay, I stand corrected. Thank you, #GaGa , for not making it political. I'm willing to admit when I'm wrong. #SuperBowl #Pray4DJT— #ThePersistence (@#ThePersistence)1486346304.0
Hell of a show, and no political commentary. Think I just became a Lady Gaga fan. Well, more than I was, anyway.— Dave Moody (@Dave Moody)1486344873.0