Friday, September 16, 2011

Lady Gaga: All-Natural in Harper's Bazaar!

Lady Gaga: All-Natural in Harper's Bazaar!:



One of the most shocking fashion statements Lady Gaga can make is none at all. In the new issue of Harper's Bazaar, she proved this by baring all.



While it's not exactly a Lady Gaga nude photo shoot in the usual sense of the word, her face is certainly unmasked, fresh and nearly makeup free.



Seriously, it's hard to believe this is even her ...



Lady Gaga Harper's Bazaar Cover



"Whether I'm wearing lots of makeup or no makeup, I'm always the same person inside," the 25-year-old pop star tells the mag in its October issue.



"I try to not focus on what people expect from me. I think what has been lovely about my relationship with the public is they expect something unexpected."



Somewhat similar to Madonna, one might say.



Anyway, she keeps us on our toes, even when abandoning the outrageous getups that have been her trademark. Check out more Lady Gaga pictures below:



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Lady Gaga: Dating Taylor Kinney?

Lady Gaga: Dating Taylor Kinney?:



Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney, who met on the set of her "You and I" music video shoot back in July, are "hooking up," according to People sources.



Kinney, who you may know from The Vampire Diaries, played the singer's mad scientist love interest in the video. Supposedly, the two got close.



Wonder how Luc Carl feels about that development.



Lady Gaga in BlackTaylor Kinney Picture



The two were reportedly in Mission Viejo, Calif., over Labor Day weekend and a source close to Gaga confirms the pair "were hanging out" over the holiday.



Gaga, whose romantic life is a bit of a mystery, was last linked to musician, bartender and fellow New York native Carl, her on-off boyfriend of a few years.



In July, reports suggested Gaga and Carl were once again going strong and that she had even written "You and I" about the rekindling of that romance.



Looks like they could be on another break though, with Taylor Kinney swooping in! What do you think? Do he and Lady Gaga make a cute couple?



[Photos: WENN.com]





Monday, September 12, 2011

Lady Gaga Bares All For Harper's Bazaar: 'I'm Always The Same Person Inside'

Lady Gaga Bares All For Harper's Bazaar: 'I'm Always The Same Person Inside':

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Lady Gaga has taken it all off for the latest issue of Harper's Bazaar magazine. Her makeup, that is. The "Poker Face" hitmaker appears au naturel on the cover of the October issue, which hits new...



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Lady Gaga Has Been 'Hooking Up' With 'Vampire Diaries' Star Taylor Kinney

Lady Gaga Has Been 'Hooking Up' With 'Vampire Diaries' Star Taylor Kinney:

Lady Gaga & Taylor Kinney

Lady Gaga has struck up a new romance with TV actor Taylor Kinney, according to a report. The singer met Kinney in July while shooting her latest music video "You And I," in which he plays a mad ...



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Lady Gaga Teams With Barneys For Holidays

Lady Gaga Teams With Barneys For Holidays:

'Gaga's Workshop' will appear in the Madison Ave. store in mid-November.
By Jocelyn Vena









Artwork for "Gaga's Workshop"


Photo: Barneys







Lady Gaga's latest creative endeavor, a partnership with Barneys New York, can't be surprising to anyone who knows about her love for fashion, but its focus might be a bit out of left field. Gaga and the department store are teaming up for a holiday campaign called "Gaga's Workshop."


With the creative assistance of Eli Sudbrack and Christophe Hamaide Pierson of Assume Vivid Astro Focus, and Mugler creative director and Lady Gaga fashion director Nicola Formichetti, Barneys will re-imagine Santa's workshop through the lens of Lady Gaga. Beginning in mid-November, he Madison Avenue flagship location's Men's Store and legendary window display will be transformed by the project.


"Lady Gaga is a rare cultural phenomenon, not only because of her exceptional talents as a singer, songwriter and performer, but also with regard to her support of equality and individuality and status as a fashion icon," Mark Lee, Barneys New York CEO, said in a statement about the collaboration. "Partnering with her in this unprecedented collaborative way to create the largest and most all-encompassing holiday theme that Barneys has ever mounted is a thrill. As a New York City landmark, we wanted to celebrate Lady Gaga as a fellow New Yorker and amazing talent."


Not enough Gaga for you? Formichetti will also be working with Barneys to create some gifts that can be purchased there, and 25 percent of their sales will go to a charity of Gaga's choice.


The cartoon artwork associated with the holiday event features the singer lying down in a gold-studded red bodysuit, surrounded by her floating turquoise hair.





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Lady Gaga's 'Yoü And I' Video To Premiere Thursday On MTV

Lady Gaga's 'Yoü And I' Video To Premiere Thursday On MTV:

'MTV First: Lady Gaga' airs at 7:49 p.m. ET on MTV and Logo, and continues live on MTV.com.
By Jocelyn Vena









Lady Gaga


Photo: WireImage







Lady Gaga has some news for all her Little Monsters. The Mother Monster herself will sit down with MTV News and Sway Calloway on Thursday night (August 18) during "MTV First: Lady Gaga" to premiere her highly anticipated music video for "Yoü and I." And during her live interview, she's also set to make another big announcement.






After the video premieres at 7:49 p.m. ET on MTV and Logo, it will appear on mtvU, MTV Hits and Tr3s at 8 p.m. on Thursday. And immediately following the on-air portion, Gaga's interview and fan Q&A will stream live on MTV.com.


Want to get in on the fun? Submit questions beginning Monday (August 15) via Twitter using the hashtag #MTVGaga.


"Yoü and I" is the fourth video off of Gaga's chart-topping Born This Way. She's already dazzled fans with high-concept clips for "Born This Way" and "Judas" and then kicked it more lo-fi and old school in her video for "The Edge of Glory," which co-starred the late Clarence Clemons.


Gaga promised fans that she'll post a link to the video as her 1,000th tweet. So far she's posted several hints about the video as she approaches that number. Tweet #993 reads, "Love is a Result. We bare an Unbearable Human Inability: to just 'be.' " It also features a photo of a woman, presumably Gaga, in a white dress, sitting at a piano in the woods. Her next two tweets hinted that the premiere would take place in "Less than a week" and then the accompanying photo was of dirty feet in high-heeled platforms.


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Last week Gaga tweeted out single artwork for "Yoü and I," which featured her male alter-ego, Jo Calderone. Gaga previously teased that the video would include another one of her alter egos, that of her mermaid incarnation, Yuyi.


Gaga shot the video in Nebraska last month and explained that it is about taking a journey to win back the one you love. "The [video is about the] idea that when you're away from someone you love, it's torture," she said. "I knew I wanted the video to be about me sprinting back and walking hundreds of thousands of miles to get him back."


Don't miss the premiere of the "Yoü and I" video during "MTV First: Lady Gaga," Thursday night at 7:49 p.m. ET on MTV and Logo, followed by a live Q&A with Gaga and her fans on MTV.com. Tweet your questions for the Mother Monster with the hashtag #MTVGaga.





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Lady Gaga, Mutt Lange Bring 'Yoü And I' 'Vision' To Life

Lady Gaga, Mutt Lange Bring 'Yoü And I' 'Vision' To Life:

Before video premieres Thursday at 7:49 p.m. ET/PT on MTV, Born This Way musical director Fernando Garibay recalls song's journey.
By Jocelyn Vena, with additional reporting by Kara Warner









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Long before Lady Gaga headed to Nebraska to shoot her "Yoü and I" video — which premieres Thursday at 7:49 p.m. ET/PT on MTV and Logo during "MTV First: Lady Gaga" — she hooked up with super-producer Mutt Lange and Queen guitarist Brian May to create the fourth single from Born This Way.






The song is about reconnecting with a great love — reportedly Gaga's bartender beau Luc Carl. Although the final Lange-produced version appears on the album, Gaga first premiered "Yoü and I" back in June 2010 at Elton John's White Tie and Tiara Ball. She had been dazzling fans with the acoustic version of the song on the Monster Ball Tour until the official version dropped this past May.


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"She recorded a vocal backstage [on tour], because there was no time to fly anybody out anymore," Born This Way musical director Fernando Garibay recalled to MTV News. "It was the last round. She recorded it backstage, the vocal and the piano, and gave it to Mutt Lange. Her and Mutt Lange traded notes, and I just made sure that everything stayed intact."






Gaga traditionally has worked with up-and-coming producers like Garibay, RedOne and DJ White Shadow, but for the deeply personal track, she wanted a musical master like Lange, who has worked with everyone from Shania Twain and Maroon 5 to Def Leppard and AC/DC.


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"Mutt Lange's a legend since the '80s, [and he's] been having huge songs," Garibay said. "Here you have such a legend and you have Gaga, [and] Gaga records the vocal herself and then gives it to Mutt and he does his stuff to the track, to the song, but kept it in her vision. It's pretty spectacular."


Don't miss the premiere of the "Yoü and I" video during "MTV First: Lady Gaga," Thursday night at 7:49 p.m. ET on MTV and Logo, followed by a live Q&A with Gaga and her fans on MTV.com. Tweet your questions for the Mother Monster with the hashtag #MTVGaga.





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Lady Gaga's 'Yoü And I' Video: The Many Faces Of Gaga

Lady Gaga's 'Yoü And I' Video: The Many Faces Of Gaga:

Video makes its television debut Thursday at 7:49 p.m. ET/PT on MTV and Logo, followed by a live Q&A with Gaga herself.
By Gil Kaufman









Lady Gaga


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Lady Gaga promised that her Nebraska-based video for the power ballad "Yoü and I" would be about the "torture" of being away from the one you love. And, man, based on the bruising final product, she wasn't kidding.






Packed to the (pardon the pun) gills with yet another array of fetish objects and references — from mermaids and steampunk to S&M — the clip opens with a quick-cut array of Gaga in a series of outfits. In one, she wears a Princess Beatrice-style oversized black saucer hat with what looks like chicken-wire detailing, black high heels and a black wedding dress while strutting down a deserted highway and picking skin off her seriously sunburned legs.


That image is intercut with pastoral views of cornfields, as well as other looks that include a mermaid in a metal bathtub, a naked Gaga in a giant water tank, a topless Gaga, a white-wedding-gown Gaga and a créme-dress-wearing Gaga being manhandled by a sexy tormentor.


Gaga shot the video in Nebraska last month and explained that it is about taking a journey to win back the one you love. "The [video is about the] idea that when you're away from someone you love, it's torture," Gaga told an Omaha radio station last month. "I knew I wanted the video to be about me sprinting back and walking hundreds of thousands of miles to get him back."


The him, in this case, is her old pal Luc Carl, who helped inspire the location and story line. "It was so sweet, and I looked out and it's so beautiful, that tall corn. ... Then all of a sudden you start to see these monsters pop up," she said of Nebraska. "I love this place so much, and it really comes from a genuine place. The person who I wrote this song about has been my buddy and my best friend since I was 19 years old, and he's from here."


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With a simple message of "You must love all + every part of me, as must I, for this complex + incomprehensible force to be true" on Tuesday (August 16), Gaga unleashed the six-minute clip unexpectedly via Twitter. The video makes its television debut Thursday at 7:49 p.m. ET/PT on MTV and Logo during "MTV First: Lady Gaga," followed by a live Q&A with Gaga herself on MTV.com.


As the music kicks in, Gaga poses in her black dress on a Nebraska highway, her face and hands covered with steampunk-like circuitry. But as always with the singer, whose style changes seemingly on the hour, she shows us a few more looks, including one of her most striking: a makeup-free Gaga seated at a piano in the middle of high corn stalks pounding out the song's indelible riff. Looming over her is Gaga's male alter ego, Jo Calderone, who smokes and sneers atop the keyboard while wearing black pants, a dirty white T-shirt and a greasy pompadour, trying to look James Dean cool.


Gaga first introduced her male alter ego during a Vogue Hommes Japan photo shoot last year.


Gaga looks relatively happy in her white wedding dress, but in the following scene, it's hard to tell if she is frightened by or in love with (or both) her buff, shirtless captor as he straps her onto a metal board, puffs some unknown mist up her nose, injects something into her neck and administers electric shock.


There is also, of course, a big dance number. In this case, it's a blue-wig Gaga dressed in a strappy leather ensemble moving on the dirt floor of a barn alongside her dancers — kind of like if "Footloose" were directed by Tim Burton.


"Yoü and I" is the fourth video from Gaga's chart-topping Born This Way. She has already dazzled fans with high-concept clips for "Born This Way" and "Judas," then kicked it more lo-fi in her video for "The Edge of Glory," which co-starred the late Clarence Clemons.


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As promised, the final product also makes room for Gaga's mermaid incarnation, Yuyi. We see her come to life about halfway through, complete with scale-covered breasts and gills on her neck and face, when a tattooed hottie pours water on her writhing body.


The rest of the clip moves through a montage of Yuyi getting busy with her water boy; Calderone spitting some tobacco juice and smashing beer bottles with attitude; unadorned Gaga doing a cornfield shuffle; and torture Gaga spitting out a broken tooth. Oh yeah, and Calderone planting a serious open-mouth kiss on the singer.


And there's the one quick scene that immediately raised eyebrows: a brief image of Gaga, who is almost always seen wearing shoes that make it virtually impossible to even walk, running across the cornfield while furiously pumping her arms.


What does it all mean? We're not sure, but MTV News — and you! — will have the chance to ask Gaga herself during a live Q&A following the TV premiere of the "Yoü and I" video on Thursday.


Don't miss the television premiere of the "Yoü and I" video during "MTV First: Lady Gaga," Thursday night at 7:49 p.m. ET on MTV and Logo, followed by a live Q&A with Gaga and her fans on MTV.com. Tweet your questions for the Mother Monster with the hashtag #MTVGaga.





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Lady Gaga And Laurieann Gibson's Path To 'Yoü And I'

Lady Gaga And Laurieann Gibson's Path To 'Yoü And I':

Duo's latest video makes its television debut Thursday at 7:49 p.m. ET/PT on MTV and Logo.
By Jocelyn Vena









Lady Gaga


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Since Lady Gaga and Laurieann Gibson met in 2008 — when Gaga was just breaking into the mainstream and proving herself as a cultural tour de force — the duo have created one of the most powerful and unique visions in pop music. Their latest endeavor is the Gibson-directed music video for "Yoü and I," which makes its television debut Thursday at 7:49 p.m. ET/PT on MTV and Logo during "MTV First: Lady Gaga."






The two ladies share a similar background, both drawing inspiration from their hometown of New York City, so it's no surprise that their creative outlooks intersect. "This was the place that we started. This was the place that birthed her. This was the place that birthed my dance," Gibson told MTV News earlier this year about NYC serving as the backdrop for Gaga's "Born This Way" video. "New York just has something so real about birthing something specific."


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As the Haus of Gaga's creative director and choreographer, Gibson helps Gaga spread her message of love, including in the "Born This Way" clip, which premiered in March.


"I've created, directed and choreographed for Lady Gaga since the beginning, so 'Born This Way,' this was musically such an amazing evolution and such a brilliant record," Gibson said. "So when she played it for me, it took me a while to find out the visual interpretation that I could give back to her.


"I woke up one night and I got it and I said, 'I got it: We have to birth a new race,' " she recalled. "As genius as she is, she then begins to create all of these elements that make her Lady Gaga. When I saw the final edit I, of course, was loving some stuff, and then I was like, 'But oh, here we go.' It was brilliant. [Director] Nick [Knight] is amazing."


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This year alone, Gibson has directed Gaga's Google Chrome commercial, which pays homage to the singer's Big Apple roots, and the HBO special "Lady Gaga Presents the Monster Ball Tour at Madison Square Garden." Gibson also co-directed Gaga's "Judas" video, which is up for Best Choreography and Best Art Direction at the Video Music Awards.


"I was able to sit in the director's seat and fulfill our vision and see it all the way through. So at the end of the day, you saw how amazing she looks — beautiful — she's dancing again," Gibson said of working with Gaga on the video. "And it's just great because I was able to produce the next level: who she is, how many levels she can go and the idea that this artist is a real artist and capable."


Gibson once again assisted Gaga in the directing department, helming her dark and romantic video for "Yoü and I." Gibson described the clip as nothing less than magical, tweeting before the video hit the Web on Tuesday: "You and I @Ladygaga...... working hard, making magic."


Don't miss the television premiere of the "Yoü and I" video during "MTV First: Lady Gaga," Thursday night at 7:49 p.m. ET on MTV and Logo, followed by a live Q&A with Gaga and her fans on MTV.com. Tweet your questions for the Mother Monster with the hashtag #MTVGaga.





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Lady Gaga To Perform At 2011 MTV VMAs

Lady Gaga To Perform At 2011 MTV VMAs:

Singer will also make VMA announcement during live 'MTV First' special on Thursday at 7:49 p.m. ET.
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The night just keeps getting bigger. Little Monsters can rejoice because Lady Gaga will be performing at the upcoming 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. Gaga will appear live Thursday on MTV and Logo during "MTV First: Lady Gaga," to make a special #VMA announcement and tease her new VMA promo on the special, which will air at 7:49 p.m. ET

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Gaga joins a star-studded VMA roster that already includes Adele, Lil Wayne, Bruno Mars, Chris Brown and Young the Giant. The 2011 VMAs will air from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles live on Sunday, August 28, at 9 p.m. ET. MTV will announce additional performers and presenters in the coming days.


Gaga unexpectedly unleashed the mind-blowing six-minute "Yoü and I" video on Tuesday via Twitter. The video makes its television debut Thursday at 7:49 p.m. ET/PT on MTV and Logo during the "MTV First" special, which will be followed by a live Q&A with Gaga on MTV.com.


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Fans can submit questions for Lady Gaga beginning Wednesday (August 17) through MTV.com and Twitter (using @MTVNews, hashtag #MTVGAGA). Lady Gaga's new VMA promo will premiere in its entirety Thursday night on MTV during "Jersey Shore" at 10 p.m. ET/PT.


"Yoü and I" is the fourth single to be released from Lady Gaga's third studio album, Born This Way. In addition to performing, Lady Gaga is nominated for four Moonmen at the VMAs, including Best Female Video ("Born This Way"), Best Art Direction ("Judas"), Best Choreography ("Judas") and Best Video With a Message ("Born This Way").


The initial slate of VMA presenters includes Jonah Hill, Rick Ross, Selena Gomez, Seth Rogen, Kim Kardashian and Odd Future.


The 28th annual MTV Video Music Awards will air live on Sunday, August 28, from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles at 9 p.m. ET/PT. See the list of nominees, revisit last year's highlights and vote for your favorites in the general categories by visiting VMA.MTV.com.





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Lady Gaga Strips Down, Plays Piano In VMA Promos

Lady Gaga Strips Down, Plays Piano In VMA Promos:

Gaga will appear live on MTV to make a VMA announcement Thursday at 7:49 p.m. ET/PT.
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It's a big week for Lady Gaga. After announcing she'd be performing at the 2011 Video Music Awards on Sunday, August 28, promos for the big show featuring the Mother Monster herself were unveiled, giving fans a very candid, stripped-down take on her latest single, "Yoü and I."






In one clip, Gaga proves that it is possible to remove your bra and play the piano at the same time. She then stands up from the piano, holding some strategically placed sheet music to stay suitable for TV. In a second promo, Gaga sits and croons the track, a jazz band backing her up.


"Sometimes I'm really happy and I write music, and sometimes I'm really angry and sometimes I'm really drunk or sometimes I'm super sober," she says in another promo about the impending big night. "You don't really know why or if or how you write music."


Find out how to win a trip to the VMAs courtesy of Foursquare and MTV!


Gaga will appear live Thursday at 7:49 p.m. ET/PT on MTV and Logo during "MTV First: Lady Gaga" to make a special #VMA announcement and celebrate the television premiere of her "Yoü and I" video, to be followed by a live Q&A on MTV.com. In addition to performing at the VMAs, Lady Gaga is nominated for four Moonmen, including Best Female Video ("Born This Way"), Best Art Direction ("Judas"), Best Choreography ("Judas") and Best Video With a Message ("Born This Way").


Fans can submit questions for Lady Gaga beginning Wednesday (August 17) through MTV.com and Twitter (@MTVNews, hashtag #MTVGaga).


The 28th annual MTV Video Music Awards will air live on Sunday, August 28, from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles at 9 p.m. ET/PT. See the list of nominees, revisit last year's highlights and vote for your favorites in the general categories by visiting VMA.MTV.com.


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Lady Gaga's 'Yoü And I' Video: A Pop-Culture Cheat Sheet

Lady Gaga's 'Yoü And I' Video: A Pop-Culture Cheat Sheet:

Gaga will discuss her inspirations in a live Q&A tonight, following the video's TV premiere at 7:49 p.m. ET/PT on MTV and Logo.
By Jocelyn Vena









Lady Gaga


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After Lady Gaga toned things down for her "Edge of Glory" video, she returned to her usual decadent self for the "Yoü and I" clip, a candy-colored sci-fi love story, in which Gaga takes on many shapes (mermaid, sprite, man) and lovers (mad scientist, Jo Calderone) to end up with her version of a fairy-tale ending.


The video — which makes its TV premiere tonight at 7:49 p.m. ET/PT on MTV and Logo, followed by a live Q&A with Gaga on MTV.com — is a nonstop feast for the eyes that recalls many of pop culture's greatest tales. Part creepy and part romantic, the Laurieann Gibson-directed video is a fable about what happens when someone tries to create the perfect lover. Can one ever settle on what they are looking for in that special someone, be they fallen angel or mermaid? It's also about learning to accept the many sides of oneself.


Lady Gaga's musical director recalls how "Yoü and I" came to be.


Gaga wears many looks, plays many parts and has a few memorable dance sequences, but fans will also be watching the clip to see what pop-culture milestones are referenced in the video. So here it goes: the "Yoü And I" pop-culture cheat sheet.


See photos of all of Lady Gaga's "Yoü and I" pop-culture references.


Chinese Water Torture Cell: The act was made famous by Harry Houdini. During the stunt, the famed magician would be trapped inside a case filled with water and had to escape before it was too late. A similar stunt is played out in the 2006 Christopher Nolan-directed film "The Prestige," starring Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale as rival magicians. In the video, Gaga is seen submerged in a tank filled with water in her lover scientist's barnyard lab.


Drag Kings: Female performance artists who dress up like men, typically personified by male stereotypes. In this video, Gaga's Jo Calderone recalls Gwyneth Paltrow's James Dean in Kevyn Aucoin's 2001 book "Face Forward."


"Edward Scissorhands": The 1991 Tim Burton-directed film starring Johnny Depp about a man created by a mad scientist to be the child he never had. In the video, Gaga's lover tries to create a love to call his own.


"Footloose": Gaga and her ladies throw a dance break of epic proportions in a barn — a play right out of the 1984 Kevin Bacon-starring film about a teen who gets a small town dancing again.


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Greasers: From Jo Calderone's slicked-back hair to his jeans to his white T-shirt, he is the spitting image of greaser culture made famous in '50s-set flicks like 1983's "The Outsiders" (based on S. E. Hinton's 1965 novel), 1978's "Grease" and 1990's "Cry-Baby" (another Johnny Depp flick, FYI).


"Nip/Tuck": The dark FX series created by "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy premiered in 2003 before ending in 2010. It revolves around people obsessed with plastic surgery, and the video's scientist seems obsessed with performing procedures on Gaga.


"North by Northwest": In the 1959 Alfred Hitchcock thriller, the film's leading man, Cary Grant, finds himself alone in the middle of nowhere standing at a crossroads. It is an image reminiscent of the opening of the video, when Gaga stands at a crossroads among the cornfields.


"Pygmalion": The 1912 play written by George Bernard Shaw based on a Greek myth. In Bernard's play, Henry Higgins works to transform the lower-class Eliza Doolittle into a more refined person. It was famously made into a film in 1964 starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison called "My Fair Lady." In the video, Gaga's scientist lover works to transform her into his dream creature.


"Signs": Crop circles, like the one Gaga plays her piano in, play a big part in the 2002 M. Night Shyamalan film, in which Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Abigail Breslin and Rory Culkin try to fend off aliens that have descended on Earth.


Steampunk: A sci-fi subculture that offers a romanticized view of technology by making it retro. It is widely regarded that late-19th-century authors Jules Verne and H.G. Wells are the forefathers, taking then-modern technology and setting it in the steam age, a vibe mirrored in the barnyard lab.


"Splash": Much like the scientist/mermaid tale in the video, the 1984 Ron Howard-directed flick is about a man, played by Tom Hanks, who falls in love with a mermaid, Daryl Hannah, who saved him from drowning as a kid.


"The Little Mermaid": In 1837, Hans Christian Andersen published the story of a young mermaid who dreamed of life as a human and would do anything it takes to lose her tail and gain feet. Although the story has been retold many times, the popular 1989 animated Disney flick stands as a childhood favorite. Gaga's mermaid also loses her tail and gains legs.


"True Blood": There are many creatures who live in the "True Blood" realm of fantasy, including fairies who live in a dimension known as Faery and enjoy nature and dancing — much like Gaga and her dancing troupe in the cornfield.


What pop-culture references did you spot in the video? Tell us in the comments below!


Don't miss the television premiere of the "Yoü and I" video during "MTV First: Lady Gaga," Thursday night at 7:49 p.m. ET on MTV and Logo, followed by a live Q&A with Gaga and her fans on MTV.com. Tweet your questions for the Mother Monster with the hashtag #MTVGaga.





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Lady Gaga To Open The 2011 VMAs

Lady Gaga To Open The 2011 VMAs:

Gaga reveals the big news alongside her Little Monsters in Times Square during 'MTV First: Lady Gaga.'
By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Sway Calloway









Little Monsters unfurl a banner revealing that Lady Gaga will open the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards


Photo: AP







During "MTV First: Lady Gaga" on Thursday night (August 18), the Mother Monster, joined by a sea of her fans in Times Square, announced that she has the coveted spot of opening the 2011 Video Music Awards.


The Little Monsters, right in the center of the hustle and bustle of Times Square, unfurled a banner that read, "GAGA TO OPEN VMAs!!!," revealing that Lady Gaga would have the distinction of kicking off the big show Sunday, August 28, when it all goes down live at 9 p.m. at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.


"I have a really big announcement," the New York native told Sway, the same night her "Yoü and I" video made its television debut. "But I thought as usual, instead of me announcing it, I'd let the Little Monsters do it for me."






Gaga Gives the Real Story Behind the "Yoü and I" video.


Gaga is nominated for four VMAs, including Best Female Video and Best Video With a Message for "Born This Way," as well as Best Art Direction and Best Choreography for "Judas."


"It means the world to me," Gaga said of opening the 2011 VMAs. "I just feel really blessed every day. I have the most amazing fans."


Lady Gaga first made VMA history back in 2009, when she appeared on the red carpet at Radio City Music Hall with Kermit the Frog as her date. That year, when she wasn't bleeding onstage during her "Paparazzi" performance, she was winning Moonmen for Best New Artist, Best Art Direction and Best Special Effects.


Lady Gaga Strips Down and Gets Jazzy In New VMA Promos


At the 2010 VMAs, Gaga didn't perform, but she did reveal her Born This Way album title and a few lines from the title track, taking the stage in a headline-making meat dress. She also arrived at the show in a voluminous Alexander McQueen ball gown while protesting the now-defunct "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Gaga took home eight Moonmen that night, including Video of the Year for "Bad Romance."


In 2011, Gaga will certainly have fans talking again as she sets the tone for the entire show.


The 28th annual MTV Video Music Awards will air live on Sunday, August 28, from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles at 9 p.m. ET/PT. See the list of nominees, revisit last year's highlights and vote for your favorites in the general categories by visiting VMA.MTV.com.





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Lady Gaga Captures 'True Spirit' Of 'Yoü And I' In Video

Lady Gaga Captures 'True Spirit' Of 'Yoü And I' In Video:

'It's meant to be slightly linear and slightly twisted and confusing, which is the way that love is,' she says during 'MTV First: Lady Gaga.'
By Kara Warner, with reporting by Sway Calloway









MTV News' Sway interviews Lady Gaga during her "MTV First" special on Thursday


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Lady Gaga fans were treated with a very special gift Thursday (August 18), when the Lady herself graced MTV's former "TRL" headquarters for the television premiere of her "Yoü and I" video, followed by a live, lengthy and revealing Q&A with MTV News' Sway Calloway and a roomful of her most dedicated Little Monsters.






Speaking about the video, Gaga touched on several of the complex and layered metaphors in the clip, such as her various personas (male, female and non-human), wearing her mother's wedding dress, the symbolism for some of her more intense life experiences, as well as the inspiration for the song.


"I wrote the song about this guy that I used to date," she revealed, which drew surprised reactions from the fans in attendance, many of whom have assumed that Gaga was still involved with bartender beau Luc Carl. "But the song is about going back to anyone or anything in your life that means something to you. Nebraska [the video's location] is the center of it all," she said. "For me, it was all about capturing the true spirit of song, which is when you're in love, you'll be willing to walk and do the craziest and most inconvenient things you can possibly imagine. The video is quite complex in the way that the story is told, and it's meant to be slightly linear and slightly twisted and confusing, which is the way that love is."


Lady Gaga makes her big VMA announcement: She's opening the show!


Two of those twisted elements are Gaga's performances as a mermaid and male alter ego Jo Calderone. One fan cheekily asked, "How do you have sex with a mermaid?"


"Well, that's actually part of what the metaphor is — you can't," Gaga answered with a slight smile. "Sometimes in love, you can't make it work. No matter what you do, there's this giant boundary between you and someone else. So that's what it's about, perceiving in your imagination that there's something magical inside of you that you can make it work."


Speaking of Calderone, the Lady described the man as a bad boy who is not to be trusted. "He's really hot. It's so weird, because I'm usually really funny about men, but he does something to me," she said, speaking of her alter ego as a personal acquaintance. "He took me out this one time when we first met, and he's really fresh. I was really happy he wanted to be in the video and to model. He's really fresh, though. He's a bad boy, you know."






Two other fan questions led to lengthy and fascinating reveals from Gaga. One asked if the wedding dress she wears in the clip is actually her mother's.


"Yeah, that's my mom's dress. It's so funny, because when I was younger, I hated my mother's wedding dress," Gaga admitted. "I would always say, 'Mom, why don't you have a long train and a tiara? I don't understand.' ... I remember I was about 13 or 14 when I fell in love with my mother's wedding dress. I asked her if I could use it in the video, because the love my mother and father have shared for almost 30 years now is what I hope to have someday."


Finally, when asked to explain the significance of the ice-cream truck in the beginning of the video, Gaga revealed that it is about very specific and painful childhood memories.


"I've talked about some of it before with all of you: I had a lot of really intense experiences when I was younger, some of which I have shared with you and some of which I haven't. The ice-cream truck represents all of the destruction of my youth at a very young time in my life," she explained. "So while walking down the road to find love, the memories of the destruction of my youth sort of get in the way. That's how I wanted to open the video, because I think it really sets up the rest of the story. It allows you to imagine you yourself are not just one person; you're so many. That person has so many stories and memories to draw from, and they all affect your journey profusely. I'm battered quite brutally at the beginning of the video, but at the end, I'm not battered; I'm a bit strange. It's not meant t to be an answer video; it's meant to be a profuse number of the question."


And that's just the beginning of what Gaga revealed during her lengthy chat with Sway. Check back with MTV.com for more about the video, her VMA performance plans and more.


The 28th annual MTV Video Music Awards will air live on Sunday, August 28, from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles at 9 p.m. ET/PT. See the list of nominees, revisit last year's highlights and vote for your favorites in the general categories by visiting VMA.MTV.com.





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Lady Gaga's VMA Promo: Go Behind The Scenes!

Lady Gaga's VMA Promo: Go Behind The Scenes!:

'As someone that lives halfway between reality and fantasy, so do all my friends,' pop star tells MTV News about promo's surreal vibe.
By Jocelyn Vena, with additional reporting by James Montgomery









Lady Gaga


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Lady Gaga's full-length VMA promo was unveiled Thursday night (August 18), the same night her "Yoü and I" video made its television premiere and she announced she'd be opening the 2011 Video Music Awards during "MTV First: Lady Gaga."


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Fans got a tease of the promo earlier this week, in clips posted online of Gaga performing a new version of "Yoü and I" while taking off her bra. In the full promo, scenes of Gaga hanging out with her crew — drinking, dancing and being merry — are mixed with Gaga chilling out with a jazz band performing a slowed-down version of the latest Born This Way single.


Sitting at the piano during the shoot, Gaga tells the room, "I'm so happy my friends are here."


MTV News was on hand when the promo was shot, and Gaga said it's meant to give fans an inside look at what it's like to hang with the Mother Monster. "I really wanted it to be real, and I knew that MTV wanted it to be a true documentation of my life, and as someone that lives halfway between reality and fantasy, so do all my friends," she told us on set. "So I felt [it would be] an injustice to not sort of honor them in this short film that we did."


Go behind the scenes of Britney Spears' VMA promo, which looks back on Brit's inspirations while looking forward to the upcoming awards show.


It seems that living "halfway between reality and fantasy" means just having a really, really great time listening to tunes and living it up. "I brought my friends here, and we did a jazz rendition of 'Yoü and I,' and we sort of just hung out together," she said. "And played around and did what we usually do, which is be creative with one another and talk about music and art and fashion and f--- around."






The 28th annual MTV Video Music Awards will air live on Sunday, August 28, from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles at 9 p.m. ET/PT. See the list of nominees, revisit last year's highlights and vote for your favorites in the general categories by visiting VMA.MTV.com.





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Would Lady Gaga Ever Want To Be President?

Would Lady Gaga Ever Want To Be President?:

Mother Monster talks about which of the country's big problems she'd like to solve.
By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Sway Calloway









Lady Gaga


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Lady Gaga has never been shy about stumping for political causes. She's stumped for marriage equality and spoken out for marriage equality and against "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Her Born This Way track "Americano" even touches on immigration issues, but just because she's currently pop music's most vocal advocate doesn't mean she'd want anything to do with actually holding public office.






During the live "MTV First: Lady Gaga" on Thursday night, the singer said that she has no aspirations to ever do something like become president, even if she was given a free pass for the day to be the leader of the free world.


Watch as Gaga lets her fans announce that she's opening the VMAs this year.


"Well, first of all, I wouldn't want to be president for the day," she told MTV News. "And I say that because I really, for myself, it's important that my message, although it has political implications, I like to keep myself separate.


"Because politics can constrain things," she continued. "So our message can be completely free of any politics and we can just surge forward."


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But she has a few big issues she thinks she'd tackle if she were the commander in chief. "I would find alternative uses of energy, I would make marriage equal," she said, before taking a second to figure out her next pet cause. "And world peace. Well, I would do everything I could with the debt crisis, but we all know that's going to take a little while."


During the sit-down, Gaga also opened up about her just-released music video for "Yoü and I" and also shared with fans that not only would she be performing at the 2011 Video Music Awards on August 28, but she'll also be the artist opening the show when it airs live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.


The 28th annual MTV Video Music Awards will air live on Sunday, August 28, from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles at 9 p.m. ET/PT. See the list of nominees, revisit last year's highlights and vote for your favorites in the general categories by visiting VMA.MTV.com.





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Lady Gaga Explains Mermaid Sex In 'Yoü And I' Video

Lady Gaga Explains Mermaid Sex In 'Yoü And I' Video:

'Well, that's actually part of what the metaphor is — you can't,' Gaga responds to a fan's question about how a mermaid has sex.
By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Sway Calloway









Lady Gaga on "MTV First: Lady Gaga"


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Lady Gaga packs a lot of visual punch into her "Yoü and I" video. She plays the piano, she plays a man named Jo Calderone, she furiously dances in a cornfield and a barn, and she even goes under some unusual procedures. The jarringly beautiful images include Gaga being transformed into many types of creatures by her mad scientist lover, including a mermaid called Yuyi.






Yuyi and the scientist don't just hang out together in his barnyard lab, they also get it on. The scene is borderline NSFW and includes Yuyi's and the scientist's bodies gyrating in rhythm with one another. That being said, is it even possible for a man and mermaid to, you know, have sex with one another?


"Well, that's actually part of what the metaphor is — you can't," Gaga told an inquiring fan during her "MTV First: Lady Gaga" special on Thursday night, when she not only debuted the video on TV for the first time, but also revealed that she's going to open the 2011 Video Music Awards on August 28, where she's up for four nominations.


"Sometimes in love, you can't make it work," she continued about that particular scene. "No matter what you do, there's this giant boundary between you and someone else. So that's what it's about, perceiving in your imagination that there's something magical inside of you that you can make it work."


It's a real-life former love that has left an indelible mark on Gaga's creative spirit, and she says that this video perfectly captures that. "For me, it was all about capturing the true spirit of the song, which is when you're in love, you'll be willing to walk and do the craziest and most inconvenient things you can possibly imagine," she added. "The video is quite complex in the way that the story is told, and it's meant to be slightly linear and slightly twisted and confusing, which is the way that love is."


The 28th annual MTV Video Music Awards will air live on Sunday, August 28, from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles at 9 p.m. ET/PT. See the list of nominees, revisit last year's highlights and vote for your favorites in the general categories by visiting VMA.MTV.com.





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Lady Gaga On VMAs: 'You Will Not Be Disappointed'

Lady Gaga On VMAs: 'You Will Not Be Disappointed':

'All performances of mine relate to one another,' she teases during 'MTV First: Lady Gaga.'
By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Sway Calloway









Lady Gaga


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During Thursday's "MTV First: Lady Gaga," we learned that the Mother Monster is set to open the 2011 Video Music Awards on August 28. While Gaga hasn't yet revealed what she has planned when the show takes place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, she did say that all her performances — including her 2009 VMA set — relate to each other.






"I would say that my life is one continuous performance," Gaga told MTV News. "And that, in a way, all performances of mine relate to one another. And you will not be disappointed."


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Two years ago, Gaga first appeared on the VMA stage and left everyone stunned when she ended her "Paparazzi" performance by seemingly bleeding to death onstage. "I'll just never forget when I spoke with MTV for the first time and I explained the whole performance with them, and I remember the second that I finished, it was crickets," she recalled of her pitch to executives.


It wasn't just MTV who needed a second to digest her spectacular idea: Her label wanted to confirm that she was cool with the idea of "dying" onstage in front of her peers and the world. "I said, 'You know, I imagine that my pop career could be quite long and people will wonder for a very long time what my demise will look like, so why don't we show them?' "


How do you think Gaga will top her 2009 performance? Tell us in the comments!


The 28th annual MTV Video Music Awards will air live Sunday, August 28, from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles at 9 p.m. ET/PT, following the Selena Gomez-hosted pre-show at 8. See the list of nominees, revisit last year's highlights and vote for Best New Artist at VMA.MTV.com.









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Lady Gaga's Meat Dress: Peek Behind The Scenes At Last Year's VMAs

Lady Gaga's Meat Dress: Peek Behind The Scenes At Last Year's VMAs:

On 'VMAs Revealed' MTV staffers recall the reaction backstage when Gaga unveiled her beefy couture.
By Gil Kaufman









Lady Gaga at the 2010 Video Music Awards


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The Video Music Awards have a long history of outrageous, over-the-top and just plain bizarre fashion firsts. Artists tend to think way outside the box when it comes to dressing up for the VMAs, but perhaps no getup in show history has gotten as much attention, caused as much head scratching and turned more heads than Lady Gaga's infamous meat dress.






After walking the white carpet in a flowing gold and burgundy Alexander McQueen dress with a matching headdress, Mother Monster shocked the world at the 2010 awards when she slipped into her third outfit of the night: a dress made out of some choice cuts of beef.


"As soon as I saw her on that white carpet I just knew that this night was gonna be Gaga insanity," said Alycia Belle, VMA wardrobe stylist for the 2010 show, in a new "VMAs Revealed" special that premiered on Saturday (August 20).


Before unwrapping the cow couture, Gaga had merely one wardrobe change during the show — a black Armani leather dress with spiked bustier. But when the time came to announce Video of the Year, the audience had no idea what was about to hit them. The folks working behind the scenes saw a suspicious number of coolers being brought into Gaga's dressing room, so they could tell that something was up.


"I'm getting calls that she needs to be in her seat, we give her kind of a two-minute head's up, the door opens up, and I see she's wearing a red dress," said Ernesto Elias, Gaga's talent escort at the show. "I start to notice people staring a little bit harder than they normally would."


And with good reason. While plenty of stars were wearing leather shoes, or even cowhide skirts, no one expected the eye-popping fashion choice that Gaga was about to unveil.


"I was literally this close to her ... I just remember looking at it and just wondering, 'Is that really ... ?' remembered Sandra Piedra, talent coordinator for the 2010 VMAs. After a harder look, Elias said he realized that it was not a "normal" type of fabric.


Let's call that the understatement of the year.


"People who were on the floor, who are right around her, are like, 'It's meat! Meat! Like, ground chuck meat!' " Dave Sirulnick, executive producer of the VMAs, recalled. "I know that there is nobody who ever heard the two words 'meat' and 'dress' put together before September 12 [2010] at about 11 p.m."


And with the announcement this week that Gaga will be opening the 2011 VMAs, fans of music and fashion everywhere can't wait to see how she'll top herself.


The 28th annual MTV Video Music Awards will air live on Sunday, August 28, from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles at 9 p.m. ET/PT. See the list of nominees, revisit last year's highlights and vote for Best New Artist at VMA.MTV.com.









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Lady Gaga's Wild VMA History: What Will 2011 Bring?

Lady Gaga's Wild VMA History: What Will 2011 Bring?:

Video Music Awards icon will open the August 28 awards show.
By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Sway Calloway









Lady Gaga performing "Paparazzi" at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards


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Lady Gaga is already a VMA icon. Since she first made her VMA debut in 2009, she has become a force to be reckoned with. She annually makes headlines for her fierce sense of style, her fierce sense of self and the fact that she's always willing to do the unexpected. That combination has made her a fan favorite. And, she said those qualities are an extension of her as a celebrity.






"I think something that's always been very important to me ... is that the fame as an art form has always been an interesting stage," she told MTV News during "MTV First: Lady Gaga." "It begins on the subway or in the car on the way here. It begins when I wake up in the morning and I take a shower. It's not something that is temporal. It has no end, so I'm excited to continue as an artist to push the boundaries of where pop music can exist."


2009

Arrival: She hit the carpet at Radio City Music Hall in New York City wearing a designer neck brace, but it was her date, the beloved Kermit the Frog, that really made headlines.


Outfits: Four in the main part of the show, which included her red-carpet Victorian-style gown, her white and blood-smeared performance bra and underwear, a red lace Alexander McQueen dress/mask/top hat combo and a sparkly white dress and wreath hat.


Nominations: She tied pal Beyoncé with nine nods, including Video of the Year and Best Female Video.


Wins: Three, including Best New Artist.


Performances: She gave fans a theatrical take on her "Paparazzi" track, seemingly bleeding all over the stage at the famed New York institution.


2010

Arrival: She hit the carpet in L.A. in a stunning McQueen dress joined by dates that were just as surprising as her 2009 beau: former armed-services members, in protest of the now-defunct "don't ask, don't tell" policy.


Outfits: Three, which included her red-carpet look by McQueen, an edgy black ball gown by Giorgio Armani, and, of course, the infamous meat dress by Franc Fernandez.


Nominations: Thirteen nominations, including nods for Video of the Year, Best Choreography and Best Collaboration.


Wins: Eight wins, including the night's big prize of Video of the Year for "Bad Romance," beating out herself for "Telephone."


Performances: She rather unexpectedly gave a blink-and-you-might-miss-it sneak peek at her 2011 single "Born This Way." When she hit the stage to accept her Video of the Year award, she sang part of the song's infectious chorus.


2011

Arrival: She's certain to arrive, but how will she do it and who will be her date? Frankly, anything is possible.


Outfits: Given her penchant of wearing numerous outfits over the course of the night, we expect many looks at this year's show.


Nominations: She racked up four noms for Best Female Video and Best Video With a Message for "Born This Way," as well as Best Art Direction and Best Choreography for "Judas."


Wins: That's up to the fans, who vote on winners.


Performances: She's scheduled to open the show and set the vibe for the entire night. Given the caliber of stars (Eminem and Rihanna, Janet Jackson, Madonna with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera) who have done it in the past, it is one of the most-coveted slots in the show.


What do you expect from Lady Gaga at this year's VMAs? Tell us in the comments!


The 28th annual MTV Video Music Awards will air live Sunday, August 28, from Los Angeles at 9 p.m. ET/PT, following the Selena Gomez-hosted pre-show at 8. See the list of nominees, revisit last year's highlights and vote for Best New Artist at VMA.MTV.com.









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Lady Gaga To Guest-Star On 'The Simpsons'

Lady Gaga To Guest-Star On 'The Simpsons':

'I play a little bit of a slut,' says singer, who appears as herself.
By Jocelyn Vena









Lady Gaga


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Adding another notch to her pop culture belt, Lady Gaga will appear on "The Simpsons." Lisa Simpson herself has confirmed the appearance. EW.com posted a photo of the star, looking glam in simple makeup and a black outfit, sitting in the recording booth for her episode, titled "Lisa Goes Gaga."


"I make music, but I don't do voice-overs every day of the week, and their characters are so awesomely convincing and sincere and wild and funny, I had to remind myself constantly of the sincerity of the humor," Gaga said of her appearance on the show. "That's what I was trying to focus on, not putting on a character too much and really being as sincere as I could with the lines."


The singer, who is slated to open the 2011 Video Music Awards this Sunday, says that appearing on the show is a pretty big deal. "I would say this is one of the coolest things I've ever done," she said. "My dad's probably going to do 80 backflips when the episode comes out."


In the episode, Gaga comes to town to cheer up Lisa. The singer reveals that she ends up kissing Marge, joking, "I play a little bit of a slut. The apple doesn't fall far from my artistic tree."


Yeardley Smith, who voices Lisa, spoke to Broadway.com about the pop star's appearance on the legendary animated show. "This is extraordinary! I'm stunned that she has time in her schedule that she's coming to our studio to record," she said. Smith expected to work with Gaga on their episode in Los Angeles this week. The episode will air in spring 2012, on the show's forthcoming season.


Like many musicians and celebrities before her, Gaga will play Gaga. "She's playing herself, and ['The Simpsons' writers] describe her as the happiest, most optimistic person in the world," Smith continued. "She comes to Springfield to try to cheer up Lisa, but she can't."


A version of Gaga appeared once before on an episode in which a likeness of the pop star appears as Elton John's Golden Globes date. Gaga, however, did not voice her that time.





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Lady Gaga Found Perfect 'Fit' In Cher For Duet

Lady Gaga Found Perfect 'Fit' In Cher For Duet:

'Cher heard the song and loved it and wanted to do it together,' Mother Monster tells MTV News of 'The Greatest Thing.'
By Christina Garibaldi









Lady Gaga and Cher at the 2010 Video Music Awards


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Two of pop's biggest divas, Lady Gaga and Cher, are teaming up for a highly anticipated collaboration, fittingly titled "The Greatest Thing." Late last week Cher confirmed via Twitter that the song will be out in September, but few details have been revealed about the Gaga-penned track.






So when MTV News caught up with the VMA-nominated Mother Monster herself last week, we asked her to dish about the track. It turns out that "The Greatest Thing" was a song she had been holding onto for some time.


"I wrote that song a long time ago, and I've never put it on one of my own albums for, really, no particular reason," Gaga told us. "I always write these concept records, and it just didn't fit in. But it's always been, like, this big, massive, beautiful hit record and everyone always says, 'Why don't you put that on your album?' And I said, 'I don't know, it just doesn't fit with everything else.' "


The song was, however, a good fit for Cher's new record and it will reportedly be the lead single off of her yet-untitled 26th studio album.


"Cher heard the song and loved it and wanted to do it together," Gaga added. "And I said, 'F--- yeah, it's Cher!' "


Of course, this collaboration may never have happened if it were not for last year's VMA show, where Cher handed Gaga her Video of the Year Moonman for "Bad Romance." Lady Gaga graced the stage in her infamous meat dress, making a memorable first impression on Cher — and the rest of the world.


"I don't think she realized I was handing her meat," Gaga recalled.


So what was Cher's response to Gaga asking her to hold her meat purse?


"She was like, 'No problem, I'll hold your purse.' And then she just sort of had a steak in her hand, and was like, 'Thanks, bitch!' " the "Born This Way" singer joked.


Gaga is gearing up to create more memorable moments at the 2011 Video Music Awards. She'll open the big show with a performance on Sunday night.


The 28th annual MTV Video Music Awards will air live Sunday, August 28, from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles at 9 p.m. ET/PT, following the Selena Gomez-hosted pre-show at 8. See the list of nominees, revisit last year's highlights and vote for Best New Artist by visiting VMA.MTV.com.









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