Lady Gaga is about to embark on the gig of a lifetime — the Super Bowl 51 halftime show. I can't be the only one who's surprised the megastar has never performed the halftime show at the iconic American event before (though she did perform the National Anthem in 2016), but I'm ecstatic the day is finally here. Right before the big game and even bigger show, Gaga shared a behind-the-scenes look at her preparation process on her Instagram story, and while there's the sort of prep you would imagine for such an endeavor, like Gaga practicing with her backup dancers and getting glam with the help of a huge team, there's also an adorable instance of Gaga Facetiming with her grandmother. How sweet is that?
When the superstar got her maternal grandmother on Facetime, she gushed, "Grandma Ronnie! Hi!" as another voice off camera also exclaimed "Ronnie!" because apparently everyone in Gaga's crew loves her granny, Ronnie Bissett. In true grandma form, Bissett complimented her superstar granddaughter, saying, "Oh honey, you look beautiful! It was a truly adorable moment, and it shows that Gaga has stayed close to her family despite her crazy success.
Gaga even mentioned Grandma Ronnie at a Super Bowl press conference on Thursday, Feb. 2. When former Steeler Terry Bradshaw asked the singer a question, she said, "this is a big, big win for me with my grandma right now because half of my family are massive Steelers fans and she is wigging out on the couch right now watching this." Gaga went on to ask Bradshaw if he would make her gran's wildest dreams come true by requesting that he "wish her happy birthday," and Bradshaw obliged, to the delight of Gaga and the crowd.
Gaga's latest album, Joanne, connects with her family and her roots in a way her past albums have not, at least as obviously. She even titled the album after an aunt and the namesake of one her middle names, Joanne, who died young. So it's really no surprise that Gaga would celebrate with her family before an activity as big as the Super Bowl.
The benefits of Gaga's training and grandma pep talks will come to a head during the halftime show of the 51st Super Bowl, which starts at 6:30 p.m. ET at Houston's NRG Stadium. Hopefully, Ronnie Bissett will be cheering her granddaughter on.