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Lady Gaga Pays Tribute To Little Monster Jamey At Trevor Project Live in LA

Posted by Jocelyn Vena On December - 5 - 2011

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga was one of the many A-listers (if not the Mother Monster of A-listers) at the Trevor Project Live event over the weekend in Los Angeles.

At the event, she accepted her “Hero” award, telling the room, “I appreciate this award so much. But truthfully, I am not the hero. The hero is Jamey.” Gaga accepted the award from the family of Jamey Rodemeyer, a Gaga fan who committed suicide 11 weeks ago. “I want my fans and people all over the world to know that there’s always somebody that’s listening,” she added. “But I want them to know they’re listening before it gets too late.”

During her speech on Sunday, Gaga touched on her wishes to someday make bullying a hate crime. The Born This Way foundation founder added, “I learned very long ago that my time here on this earth would not just be for pop singing because I was very blessed to have beautiful fans, like I have in Jamey, like I will always have in Jamey. Thank you so much this award tonight. This means more to me than any Grammy I could ever win.”

Also there helping to spread the word about the organization’s mission to help the LGBT community were the cast of “Glee,” Miley Cyrus, Neil Patrick Harris and Zachary Quinto, to name a few.

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The Key Scene: Lady Gaga ‘Marry The Night’

Posted by Jocelyn Vena On December - 2 - 2011

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A lot happens in Lady Gaga‘s “Marry the Night” video. She goes crazy AND goes to a crazy house, is a ballerina (OBVS!), practices a “Fame”-esque dance routine (ALSO OBVS!), dances on cars, gets her dreams destroyed and then resurrects herself as a pop star like the phoenix that she is. By the way, she says it’s all a metaphor for events in her own life (like when she was dropped from Island/Def Jam and then signed to Interscope and became an internationally renowned pop superstar).

In the sea of everything that happens in the video (AND EVERYTHING HAPPENS IN THIS VIDEO), Gaga’s breakdown, which is simultaneously tragic, bizarre and comical, happens to be a standout moment. It all goes down shortly after her ballet director tells her she should just quit. With her dreams dashed, she goes bonkers. She’s naked! She’s smooshing Cheerios all over her body! She’s naked, in a bathtub, dying her hair! She pretty much just doesn’t care anymore because, really, what’s the point!?!?

We won’t spoil it too much for anyone who hasn’t seen it, but post-meltdown it all works out for Mother Monster. She also bedazzles some denim. So that kind of rocks. The video was shot in New York City last month. It’s the first time the singer has helmed a clip solo. While the video serves as a “Dear John” letter to the darker moments that shaped her as an artist, the song is a love letter to the Big Apple.

Read on to hear MTV News’ resident Gaga enthusiasts’ reactions to the video after the jump.

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Grammy Snubs: Beyonce And Britney Were Robbed, Kanye West, Lady Gaga And Taylor Swift Should Have Gotten Even More Love

Posted by John Mitchell On December - 1 - 2011

Last night’s announcement of the nominees for the 2012 Grammys came with them few surprises: Kanye West earned a leading seven nominations for his solo work on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and the Jay-Z collaboration Watch the Throne and Adele’s mega-selling 21 and its ubiquitous lead single “Rolling in the Deep” dominated the top categories. There were, however, several notable snubs among the nominations, the most glaring of which we’ve cataloged below.

Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Album of the Year

How Kanye West could score the most nominations, including Best Song for “All of the Lights,” and not see his critically adored Fantasy nominated for Album of the Year is beyond us. The set enjoys a 94 out of 100 rating on album review aggregator Metacritic, a full 18 points better than the highest-rated album to make the Grammy cut (Adele’s 21 with a 76).

Lady Gaga’s “The Edge of Glory,” Song of the Year

Lady Gaga has released so many singles off her hit album Born This Way that we sometimes lose track, but the one track that has really stuck is “The Edge of Glory.” Lyrically inspired by the death of her grandfather, the song features soaring hooks and the most anthemic chorus to hit Top 40 radio this year. That the Academy chose to honor only four songs with nominations in this category rather than the usual five while overlooking the highlight of an album it chose to award a nomination for Album of the Year is silly business.

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Beyonce’s 4, Best R&B Album

Perhaps the Recording Academy thinks Beyonce has enough Grammys? It would be easy enough to make a case that 4 should be a contender for Album of the Year – it’s Metacritic rating of 73 is better than four of the nominated albums, and while music critics are far from definitive, consensus acclaim shouldn’t be overlooked – but we would have settled for Best R&B Album because, well, it’s the perfect R&B album. On 4 Beyonce eschewed club bangers for soulful and complex ballads and insanely catchy mid-tempo jams (like “Love on Top” and “Countdown”). In its review, New York Magazine commented on the album’s throw-back vibe, writing, “There’s a streak of nostalgia running through the sound, whether it’s the kind of traditionalist R&B that sells Adele albums or the cheery funk of a track like ‘Love on Top,’ which feels as cozy as seventies Stevie Wonder or eighties Michael Jackson.” And when it comes to R&B, does a higher compliment exist than a comparison to seventies Stevie Wonder and eighties Michael Jackson?

Britney Spears’ “Till The World Ends,” Best Dance Recording

Britney Spears’ Femme Fatale album brought her the best reviews of her career, earning the pop superstar the same Metacritic rating as Rihanna’s Album of the Year-nominated Loud, and became the first album of Spears’ 12-year multi-platinum career to yield three top-ten hits (“Till The World Ends,” “I Wanna Go,” and the #1 “Hold It Against Me”). “Till The World Ends” was one of the year’s biggest radio hits, giving Spears the largest weekly audience of her career in mid-May, and topped Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play chart the week of May 28. Spears’ sole Grammy win came in the Best Dance Recording category in 2005 for “Toxic,” and she should have scored a nod in the same category this year because, as Rolling Stone said in its three-and-a-half star review, “You want a party song, call a partier. Written by Ke$ha (with Max Martin and Dr. Luke), the second single from Femme Fatale is ginormously pumping uber-Euro uber-disco: sky-sucking synth streaks, a beat that sounds like blimps f**king and a thousand shirtless drunken sailors chanting along on the chorus.” In dance music language, that’s a pretty huge compliment.

Taylor Swift’s Speak Now, Album of the Year

Taylor Swift may have caught a case of the Beyonces. Swift swept through the 2009 Grammys and took home the Album of the Year prize for Fearless, in addition to three other prizes in the country categories. With that win, she became the first female country soloist to win the top prize at the Grammys. And, sure, Speak is up for a number of country-centric prizes this year and that’s nothing to scoff at. But the acclaimed set failed to receive a nod for Album of the Year, despite widespread and near-universal praise. Perhaps the Academy missed all of the subtleties that the New York Times picked up on in its rave review. “It’s [Speak Now] the most savage of her career, and also the most musically diverse. And it’s excellent too, possibly her best,” the Times writes. “In these new songs relationships are no longer fantasies, or neutered; they’re lived-in places, where bodies share space.”

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Lady Gaga Talks About Boys, Heartbreak In Vanity Fair

Posted by Jocelyn Vena On November - 29 - 2011

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Maybe Lady Gaga should just stick to marrying the night. In the latest issue of Vanity Fair, Mother Monster opens up about her sometimes contentious relationships with the men in her life.

Despite being beloved by millions of fans, Gaga admits, “I have never felt truly cherished by a lover. I have an inability to know what happiness feels like with a man.” That’s a pretty deep revelation from a pop star to admit during a magazine chat. Gaga was in an on-again, off-again relationship with New York City bartender Luc Carl before it ended earlier this year and has recently been linked to “Vampire Diaries” hottie Taylor Kinney, who co-starred in her “You and I” video, but says her best and healthiest relationship is with her Little Monsters.

“I say this honestly, and this is my new thing as of the past year: when I fight with someone I’m in a relationship with, I think, ‘What would my fans think if they knew this was happening? How would they feel about my work and about me as a female if they knew I was allowing this to go on?’ And then I get out,” she said, noting that her fans have “saved me from myself… I only know the happiness of putting a smile on someone’s face from the stage.”

Admitting that she tends to date creative types, she says her own creativity gets in the way.

Read on for more and see Gaga’s Vanity Fair cover in full after the jump.

“Perhaps it’s a whose-d**k-is-bigger contest. If I go to the piano and write a quick song and play it back, they are angry with how fast and effortless it is,” she says. “That’s who I am, and I don’t apologize for it. But it’s a hideous place to be in when someone that you love has convinced you that you will never be good enough for anyone. I had a man say to me, ‘You will die alone in a house bigger than you know, with all your money and hit records, and you will die alone.’”

For those guys, she has this message: “Even though I know it sounds a bit Hallmark, whenever I [was] in that kind of stressful, worthless moment, I would think, ‘I’ll show you,’” she adds. “I think what it really is, is that I date creative people. And I think that what intimidates them is not my purse; it’s my mind.”

Gaga doesn’t seem to mind that her personal life may suffer for her art, especially given the injustices going on around her, namely those involving LGBT and women’s rights. “How can we create within society a sense of respect and leadership [when a woman is put in a position] where she’s so young and has to make a choice,” Gaga explains. “The problem is not women being irresponsible. The problem is everyone being irresponsible. … How can you deny a woman the right to choose [whether or not] to have a child? It’s completely outrageous.”

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‘A Very Gaga Thanksgiving’ Recap: Lady Gaga Makes Crafts At Her Elementary School, Previews Video For New Single

Posted by MTV News On November - 25 - 2011

Lady Gaga

By Sterling Wong

Thanksgiving is a time for traditions – turkey, pecan pie and, this year, some Lady Gaga. Yes, last night, after their big Thanksgiving meals, many Little Monsters undoubtedly crowded around the TV with their families to take in Gaga’s ABC special, “A Very Gaga Thanksgiving Special.”

Right from the start of the 90 minute special, you could tell that this would not be the MTV Video Music Awards meat dress-wearing Lady Gaga. Instead, Gaga appeared in a classy black, off-shoulder dress, blond hair and blood red lips. She opened the show performing “The Lady is a Tramp” with the legendary Tony Bennett, who showered Gaga with high praise, saying that she had “a touch of theatrical genius” and that “she might become America’s Picasso.”

The show was also very much a homecoming for the pop star, as much of the special was hosted in Gaga’s elementary school, New York City’s Sacred Heart. We saw Gaga hanging out with some third- and fourth-graders from Sacred Heart, where, according to Gaga, “we made turkey arts and craft and talked about what the meaning of Thanksgiving is.”

You could tell how Gaga grew up to become such an intelligent, articulate woman. The pop star mentioned Jackson Pollock when talking to the kids, and to her surprise, many of them actually knew who the artist was (Jackson Pollock also trended on Twitter after her mention. Such is the power of Mother Monster.) Gaga then led the kids in a singalong of “Born This Way” … which led into a full-blown performance of the song by Gaga, wearing another elegant black gown and backed by dancers in black tuxedos and dresses.

The star then slowed it down with two ballads, “You and I” and “The Edge of Glory,” which were performed on a long piano, which ingeniously also served as a table for Gaga’s dinner guests. “Put your drinks up for America,” Gaga demanded in the middle of “You and I.”

Before beginning “The Edge of Glory,” Gaga explained that the song was about her beloved grandfather and that this was the second Thanksgiving without him around. “So Grandma, if you’re watching at home, this one’s for you,” Gaga said in the middle of the song. Yes, the star was in an especially chatty mood in her self-directed special, frequently stopping mid-song to say something.

Of course, Thanksgiving is very much about food, and Gaga got celebrity chef Art Smith to appear on her special. She explained that Smith had once cooked her a fried chicken and waffles dish that sent her to food heaven, so they made fried turkey and waffles for Thanksgiving. Before she got her hands dirty cracking eggs, the singer was sure to take off her yellow coat (“Valentino couture,” she noted).

Next, Gaga moved on to Christmas, as she performed a traditional standards version of “White Christmas.” Dissatisfied that the song was so short, Gaga decided to extend the song and added her own lyrics. (Sample: “I’m dreaming of a white snow man with a carrot nose and charcoal eyes.”) She then did a rendition of “Orange Colored Sky,” a song she used to sing with her buddies at New York’s Oak Room.

After another piano-led interpretation of “Hair” (“from my album, Born This Way.” Get that plug in, Gaga!), she finally brought the energy back with a climactic, high-octane performance of “Bad Romance” with the original paws-up choreography. (Is she allowed to sing “I’m a free bitch, baby” on network TV?)

Finally, Gaga opened up in an intimate chat (well as intimate as you can get with probably 40,392 cameramen, stylists and assistants on set) with Katie Couric in a hall in Sacred Heart. Gaga explained that it’s a misconception that she was provocative all the time. “I just like fashion, and some of it is provocative,” she explained.

When told by Couric that Tony Bennett had compared her to Picasso, Gaga quipped, “I don’t know if I’m the new Picasso, but I’m certainly twisted like many of his paintings.”

Speaking of Bennett, we also learned that Gaga went nude for an Annie Leibowitz shoot for the January 2012 issue of Vanity Fair, and Bennett was on hand to sketch the star in her birthday suit.
While Gaga may have been ready to reveal her body, she wasn’t willing to discuss her love life. Questioned by Couric about it, Gaga explained that she would never talk about her love life, and that she did not know how other celebrities did it.

“The day I get married, no matter how many helicopters they have flying outside, they’re not getting one picture,” she asserted. Conveniently, her former teacher, Sister Bayo, wandered onto the set and sidetracked the discussion on her love life, as Gaga rushed up to hug her. We see what you did there, Gaga. Very smart!

The final performance of the night was, of course, new single “Marry The Night.” After a short live opening to the song, the performance segues into the “Marry The Night” video preview, where we saw a “Fame”-inspired Gaga, dressed in a tube top and shredded leggings, work her tush dancing to the song in a studio.

And that was it – a tasteful, controversy-free Gaga for all in the family to enjoy on Thanksgiving. We’ll gladly give a toast to that!

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