Lady Gaga has done more crazy shit in an afternoon than I probably will in nine lifetimes (or so she wants you think). That being said, Gaga has also seemed to tone it down in recent years, appealing to memaws with that Tony Bennett album as well as starring in A Star Is Born with Bradley Cooper. The lead song those two perform in the movie, “Shallow,” has been getting doused in award nominations, including at last night’s Grammy Awards. However, Gaga replaced Bradley with a stare-off with Mark Ronson as well as jumping around like the Whomping Willow from Harry Potter. I guess that’s what happens when she has to share the stage with Jennifer Lopez wearing a consignment Gaga costume.
Rolling Stone notes Gaga won three Grammys last night, largely thanks to “Shallow.” The song won for Best Pop/Group Performance as well as Best Visual Media. She also took home Best Pop Vocal Performance for “Joanne,” which is clearly what J. Lo was trying to channel in her Grammy opening gown before her, uh, Motown-apropos (cough) get-up. Bradley was across the pond at the BAFTAs, so when it was time to perform “Shallow,” Gaga did it solo. I was really hoping she’d just replace Bradley with her Jo Calderone drag king persona to also submit as an entry for a Tony Award. Alas, she just performed the movie hit by wailing and having what appears to be a mix of epileptic seizures and a case of the fried chicken come-downs. Elaine Benes should sue Gaga for stealing her moves!
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Rather than play her “Golly gee, don’t make me sing and show off these perfect pipes” Ally, Gaga returned to her showgirl ways of making people a mix of confused, alarmed, and entertained over the course of a four-minute song. There were pyrotechnics, there was a lot of writhing while Mark strummed the guitar as though he was just trying to finish his open mic set at the local java house, and there was a camera stare-down that I’m shocked didn’t include instructions on how to book tickets to her Vegas show. Talk about a missed opportunity, Gaga! “Shallow” already took home Best Original Song at the Golden Globes, and it’s also up for an Academy Award. Both Gaga and Bradley are going to perform the song at the Oscars, and I just hope she does something equally as gimmicky. Hell, just replace Bradley and have Glenn Close perform his half dressed up like she was in Albert Nobbs. Now THAT will show awards season sisterhood solidarity! Check out more Gaga at the Grammys in the gallery below: