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#TBT 2009: Lady Gaga Talks Co-Sign From Madonna and Being an 'Artist of Liberation'

This year's Super Bowl halftime show headliner had a lot to say about being a cultural phenomenon

With Super Bowl LI right around the corner, it's only fitting that we resurface Fuse's 2009 On the Record interview with Lady Gaga, this year's highly anticipated halftime show performer.

After taking the pop world by storm with her debut album The Fame, Gaga quickly earned the early support of Madonna, who praised the NYC native's talent and "it" factor. While most individuals would've buckled under such high expectations, Gaga only became a bigger cultural phenomenon.

"I want to be a part of culture. When I say I'm an artist of liberation, that is where the work is—it's in culture, it's in society, it's with the people," she explains. "I don't care what people think of me. I care what they think of themselves."

Join us Sunday before the Big Game for music videos from past halftime performers at 9/8c, then catch the Scorpion Bowl starting at 1:30/12:30c on Fuse! Find Fuse in your area with our Channel Finder.

Next, peep a #TBT moment from fellow diva Christina Aguilera, who spoke on the impact of being a judge on The Voice:

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