In celebration of her Super Bowl 50 participation, Lady Gaga sat down with Nate Burleson from the NFL Network for an intimate interview about the upcoming performance on Sunday. When asked what she was thinking when she first found out she got the job, Gaga shares, "I was so excited, it's such an honor and a total dream come true. I've always wanted to sing the national anthem at a major sporting event since I was a little girl... And for it to be the super bowl is just kind of the ultimate."

Burleson and Gaga also discussed the anthems of Super Bowl past. As for which one stands out most to her? "For me it was Whitney Houston. 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 getting pretty good, kid!' So to be here now and sing it to America is just wonderful."

And if you're wondering what sort of direction she's planning on going with the performance, it seems like Gaga will be keeping it classic: "I have to live up to a song that stands the test of time. I think the best way to do that is kind of forget about yourself and focus on what it means... There's no greater honor than standing next to the color guard, the flag, the army and the military and singing the national anthem for the greatest athletes in the country."