Super Bowl 50 opened Sunday night with an operatic, piano-aided rendition of the National Anthem from Lady Gaga. The verdict: Unbelievably, totally stunning.

Prior to the game, Gaga said it was "one of the highest honors of my career," adding that Whitney Houston was her favorite performance of all time:

“When I was little, I used to stand at the top of my staircase and sing along with her version. At home, the more I would sing it, my dad would say, ‘You’re gettin' pretty good, kid.’ So to be here now and sing it to America, is just wonderful.”

Watch Lady Gaga belt out the National Anthem at Super Bowl 50 above!

Lady Gaga is set to perform a tribute to David Bowie at the 58th annual GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 15; she's also nominated for one award, as well as an Oscar a couple weeks later. Earlier this year, she won a Golden Globe for her supporting role in American Horror Story: Hotel.

See Gaga talk about her Super Bowl National Anthem gig below, and stick with Fuse for live tweets and updates from the big game between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos going down at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. The halftime show (check out how it went here) comes from Coldplay with an appearance by Beyoncé, who just dropped the Big Freediafeaturing "Formation" single and video on Saturday.