Thursday, November 24, 2011

Lady Gaga Cuts Ties With Laurieann Gibson

Lady Gaga Cuts Ties With Laurieann Gibson:

Gibson had been Gaga's creative director for several years.
By Gil Kaufman


Lady Gaga
Photo: Kevin Mazur/ WireImage

After a long and fruitful creative partnership, Lady Gaga has broken ties with creative director Laurieann Gibson. MTV News confirmed the split on Monday (November 14), which came after reports that the two women had a serious falling out.

Gibson has been part of Gaga's inner circle since well before the singer became an international superstar, beginning with the choreography for the 2008 "Beautiful, Dirty, Rich" video and continuing through the soon-to-be famous steps in clips for "Just Dance," "Poker Face," "Love Game," "Paparazzi" and "Bad Romance."

The pair were closely associated throughout Gaga's rise to fame, with Gibson providing the choreography and artistic input on such landmark videos as "Telephone," "Alejandro" and "Born This Way." Gibson, who previously appeared on MTV's "Making the Band" with Diddy and the "Starmaker" reality show, has been stepping out on her own lately, including a starring role in the BET dance competition show "Born to Dance" and another dance reality series, E!'s "The Dance Scene."

Gibson co-directed Gaga's Judas" video and directed "Yoü and I, "but the women reportedly clashed on the set of the former, with Gibson expressing discomfort with the religious imagery in the clip. According to the Reporter, the tension was already showing during the filming of the "Judas" video, during which Gibson told the magazine, "At one point, there was two completely different views and after the third glass of wine, I was like, 'Listen, I don't want lightning to strike me. I believe in the Gospel and I'm not going there."

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She was less adamant when talking to MTV News about the controversy, expressing pride in the final product. "I think the concept stuck with this one because, ultimately, there was a place where we wanted to leave the interpretation up to each individual and not take away [Gaga's] power as a performer, as a dancer, as a star," Gibson explained, alluding to the creative clashes the pair had about the "Born This Way" video. "And to leave the moments for you to interpret and be inspired by the fact that everyone has a Judas in their life and that there is a place of deliverance. For me, I interpret differently than her, and for someone else, they'll interpret it differently."

A spokesperson for Gaga confirmed the split for MTV News.

Gibson also spoke out after she and Gaga failed to see eye-to-eye on the concept for the "Edge of Glory" video. After reports that video vet Joseph Kahn would be directing, Gaga instead went for a simpler cityscape treatment that drew some fire from fans. "Listen u disrespectful f--k they had an issue on set I don't lie!!!!!" Gibson tweeted at the time. "Creative Changes happen always educate ignorant Monster's!!!"

The Reporter noted that relations between the two continued to fray this summer over disagreements about the "Yoü and I" video and Gaga seemed to confirm the end with a November 6 tweet in which she announced that Gibson's former #2, Richard Jackson, is her new choreographer.






Lady Gaga Loses Head On 'X Factor UK'

Lady Gaga Loses Head On 'X Factor UK':

Singer performs 'Marry the Night' in gown that makes her appear headless.
By Jocelyn Vena



Lady Gaga performs on "X Factor" UK
Photo: itv

Lady Gaga lost her head on Sunday night when she took the stage on "X Factor UK" to perform "Marry the Night."

Gaga, decked out in a gown that made her appear headless, emerged from a crypt as torches burned around the stage. Her dancers did most of the heavy lifting in the movement department, while Gaga let all the action happen around her, standing in the middle of the stage donning the unusual costume. As the song closed out, Gaga went back in the box and came back out in just a black bodysuit, finally getting in on the dancing for the gothic performance of the Born This Way track, an ode to her hometown of New York.

After the performance, Gaga confirmed that she was deep into the planning stages for her next tour. "I'm gonna be here [in Britain] next year for my next tour. I just finished designing the stage and it's bigger and better than ever," she said on the show. "I'm so happy. I can't wait to see you all there."

In addition to tour plans, Gaga took to Twitter to confirm that she's near completion on two upcoming projects, her video for "Marry the Night" as well as her forthcoming Thanksgiving special.

"Been up all night editing my first TWO films as director!" she wrote.
"Marry The Night Video + 'A Very Gaga Thanksgiving' the 2nd airing on thanksgiving!" She teased the "Marry the Night" clip last night in a still photograph, in which she appeared to be rolled down a hallway on a gurney.

Gaga made other headlines Monday (November 14) when it was announced that she had split from longtime creative director Laurieann Gibson. MTV News confirmed the split between the longtime collaborators. The singer noted on Twitter that she is now working with Gibson's former #2, Richard Jackson.


Lady Gaga And Laurieann Gibson Split: Experts React

Lady Gaga And Laurieann Gibson Split: Experts React:

'It's shocking and it's not,' one music writer tells MTV News.
By Jocelyn Vena



Lady Gaga
Photo: WireImage

After spending nearly her entire career working with Laurieann Gibson, Lady Gaga confirmed Monday (November 14) that she and her creative director had decided to part ways.

It was a move that may have been surprising to Gaga's Little Monsters, considering how closely the two have created some of the Mother Monster's most-memorable visuals, but did the split surprise music-industry observers?

"On the one hand, I get why [they split], because it seems like Laurieann's been doing a lot outside of the Gaga universe," Entertainment Weekly's Kyle Anderson told MTV News, referring to Gibson's starring roles on the BET dance-competition show "Born to Dance" and another dance reality series, E!'s "The Dance Scene." "On the other hand, it's a little bit strange, because Gaga's circle of people is so small, and all those people have been with her since pretty much the duration. She's really, really loyal, so it's a little bit strange to me, because I think she has this circle of people she trusts with her work."

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As a key member of the Haus of Gaga, Gibson was never afraid to share her honest opinion about Gaga's work. Most notably, she spoke out publicly against Gaga's Jo Calderone performance at the VMAs, as well as her Nick Knight-directed "Born This Way" clip.

That unbridled honesty could be behind the Gaga/Gibson split, according to Us Weekly senior music editor Ian Drew.

"It's shocking and it's not," Drew told MTV News. "They were extremely close, and she let Laurieann have an unprecedented amount of control in her camp. Let's face it: Laurieann is very headstrong, never holds back what she thinks, and that tends to rub people the wrong way. I'm not totally surprised; it was only a matter of time.

"Look, I love Laurieann, and as a journalist, she's an interviewer's dream, because you'd catch her and she'd always just say what was going on," he added. "Laurieann would just say it. She would give you that perfect sound bite. She tended to be a little bit loose-lipped. But on the other hand, I can see why that maybe ruffled Gaga's feathers, because Gaga's all about the performance piece and not giving away too much. Laurieann really liked to take credit — not that that was bad, [and] maybe it was due, but maybe Gaga didn't want everyone knowing that. In the end, I do tend to think it was something to do with creative differences."

The big question is how the duo's severed partnership will impact Gaga's future endeavors. Will Little Monsters notice Gibson's absence?

"It always puts a really, really heavy focus on whatever the next project is," Anderson explained. "With stars like these, people become curious to know: 'Well how much do these individual cogs play into what we see in front of us?' These two have been together [for years], so we don't yet know what Gaga is like without her. So we don't know exactly what part of that personality plays into her projects."


Lady Gaga Reads To Her Fans From Photo Book

Lady Gaga Reads To Her Fans From Photo Book:

Gaga does a little story time, reading the intro to her Terry Richardson-shot tome in a new video.
By James Montgomery



Lady Gaga
Photo: Jeff Kravitz/ FilmMagic

Lady Gaga's Terry Richardson-shot photo book hits stores in less than a week, and as such, she's decided to give her fans a sneak peek — with a little Mother Monster Story Time.

In a new video posted on her YouTube channel, Gaga reads the intro she penned for the book, an essay about her relationship with Richardson that's long on literary flourish and also serves as an examination of self, not to mention a rallying cry for those on the fringes of society. It is, to say the very least, very Gaga.

Reclining on a couch in a black, sequined outfit (with matching chapeau), LG cracks the tome — which, she notes, is "dedicated to the Little Monsters, naturally" — and pores over her prose. And somewhere, Terry Richardson is undoubtedly blushing.

"Sometimes it seems as though I've waited my entire life to be photographed by Terry Richardson. With Terry, the relationship extends beyond the photograph, and if you're lucky, he will teach you something truly profound about yourself," she reads. "I have discovered through him that shame is an obsolete notion and apology is an injustice to any performance. ... To say he is a free spirit is a tremendous understatement and to say that he, or I, make people uncomfortable is spot on.

"Terry finds beauty in the most intricate and unassuming of places. His photography beckons the question over and over again: 'Should there ever be limitations in art?' Because when he captures me in a moment of such tandem and artistic human purity, I'm convinced the answer is that we must push the boundaries of culture through love and acceptance," she continues. "There is no moment too strange, no angle unflattering ... and never a time that I feel embarrassed or unsafe. Awaked in me is a perverse liberation inspiring me to feel that it is OK to view yourself as hyper-human. This is how Terry views me. I am so real, he says, that I am unreal."

Those seemingly "hyper-human" moments include unfiltered photographs taken over the course of 10 very hectic months, that feature of Gaga in dispose, including "waking up in the morning, brushing my teeth, in the bathroom, in the bathtub, in the shower," as she explained to MTV News earlier this year.

"The thing about Terry, if you know anything about his photography, is that nothing is staged; I mean, that's sort of what he is renowned for. He can get you to do things and he can capture things that no one can ever capture," she explained. "He could come backstage and he would say, 'Oh my God, the fans!' And I'd say 'I know ...' And he'd say, 'Baby, wow!' And then he'd film me, like, peeing in a cup and, like, ridiculous things."

What are you expecting from the Lady Gaga photo book? Let us know in the comments!


Lady Gaga Wants To 'Take Helm,' Laurieann Gibson Says

Lady Gaga Wants To 'Take Helm,' Laurieann Gibson Says:

'In stepping away I wish her all the best,' singer's former creative director tells Hollywood Reporter.
By Jocelyn Vena


Lady Gaga
Photo: Getty Images

It was the breakup heard around the world. No, we're not talking about Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries. When news broke that Lady Gaga and her creative director, Laurieann Gibson, had split, everyone immediately wondered what had happened between Gaga and her right-hand woman.

Gibson has remained relatively quiet about the split, but in a new statement to The Hollywood Reporter, she opens up a bit more about the breakup, clarifying that she was not fired from the Haus but left on her own. She added that Gaga wanted to take the reins when it came to her career.

"I am fulfilled with the work I have done with choreographing all of the iconic moves, creative directing the artist, appearances, shows, directing the tour, music videos, and the HBO Monster Ball [special], which was a culmination of my work as its creator and director," Gibson said about the five years she spent working with Gaga. "Recently, Lady Gaga was motivated to take the helm of the creative direction of her career and as such I decided to step away."

Gibson, who currently serves as the in-house creative director at Interscope Records (where Gaga is signed) and has starred in two of her own reality shows (the BET dance-competition show "Born to Dance" and another dance reality series, E!'s "The Dance Scene"), is now focused on expanding her brand with other artists and in new ways.

"I am extremely proud of her, and in stepping away I wish her all the best," she said of the pop star. "I look forward to continuing my work with notable artists, as well as new artists that are part of my Interscope Records deal, and the upcoming seasons of my TV shows."


Lady Gaga Is 'Interrupted' In 'Marry The Night' Preview

Lady Gaga Is 'Interrupted' In 'Marry The Night' Preview:

Mother Monster gives a monologue as she's pushed around on a gurney by two nurses in new teaser clip.
By Jocelyn Vena


Lady Gaga
Photo: Leon Neal/AFP

After wrapping up a performance abroad on Thursday (November 17), Lady Gaga gave fans what she'd promised.

In a tweet posted Thursday afternoon, she wrote, "MARRY THE NIGHT: THE PRELUDE PATHÉTIQUE," with a link to a teaser for the full-length clip for her latest Born This Way track.

Directed by Gaga herself and clocking in at nearly two minutes, the preview pays homage to high school feminist literature like "The Bell Jar" and "Girl, Interrupted." As the image of a brunette Gaga fades in, a very "Prozac Nation"-esque voiceover kicks in: "When I look back on my life, it's not that I don't want to see things exactly as they happened, it's just that I prefer to remember them in an artistic way.

"And, truthfully, the lie of it all is much more honest because I invented it," Gaga continues, as a close-up of her face fills the screen. "Clinical psychology tells us arguably that trauma is the ultimate killer. Memories are not recycled like atoms and particles in quantum physics — they can be lost forever. It's sort of like my past is an unfinished painting, and as the artist of that painting, I must fill in all the ugly holes and make it beautiful again."

The camera pans out a bit more to reveal that Gaga is on a gurney, being pushed down the hallway by two nurses (an image teased in a still last week). "It's not that I've been dishonest, it's just that I loathe reality," she confesses as the nurses push her down a hallway.

Still giving her monologue, Gaga adds, "For example, those nurses, they're wearing next season Calvin Klein and so am I. And the shoes? Custom Giuseppe Zanotti. I tipped their gauze hats to the side like Parisian berets because I think it's romantic and I also believe that mint will be very big in fashion next spring." As the nurses open a door, the pop star says, "Check out the nurse on the right. She's got a great ass. Bam."

In the next frame, several other patients are revealed. "The truth is, back then at the clinic they only wore those funny hats to keep the blood out of their hair," Lady Gaga says. "And that girl on the left, she ordered gummy bears and a knife a couple hours ago. They only gave her the gummy bears; I wish they'd only given me the gummy bears."

The tease closes with those two nurses pushing Gaga and leaving fans to wonder what's next for their Mother Monster. While the release date for the video is still unknown, the singer did have this information for her fans: "The full prelude is 7 min 33 seconds & 15 frames."

Last month, Gaga was spotted shooting the video in various locations throughout New York City. The song itself is a tribute to her hometown.

Share your thoughts on Gaga's latest teaser in the comments!


Lady Gaga To Be Honored As LGBT 'Hero'

Lady Gaga To Be Honored As LGBT 'Hero':

Trevor Project will present singer with their Hero Award at December event.
By Jocelyn Vena




Lady Gaga
Photo: Ian Gavan/ Getty Images

Lady Gaga has never been shy about her feelings for the LGBT community — she's perhaps the biggest and most A-list advocate for LGBT youth. Now her work with the community is earning her some recognition.

At this year's annual Trevor Live event, the singer will be honored by the Trevor Project, a nonprofit organization that offers suicide-prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. Gaga will receive the Trevor Hero Award, Press Party reports. The organization will also recognize Google Inc. with the Trevor 2020 Award.

"Our young people are at the center of a health crisis, and vocal leaders like Lady Gaga and technology leaders like Google Inc. have stepped up to help change our culture," David McFarland, interim executive director and CEO of the Trevor Project, said in a statement.

"Our honorees are working with the Trevor Project to make a better today and a brighter tomorrow for youth. We are proud to honor Lady Gaga with the Trevor Hero Award and Google Inc. with the Trevor 2020 award for their work to help young people express their true selves with pride."

Gaga and her mother recently started the Born This Way Foundation, which will focus on "youth empowerment and equality by addressing issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development and will utilize digital mobilization as one of the means to create positive change."

The Trevor party is set to go down on December 4 at the Hollywood Palladium. Gaga won't be the only A-lister on hand at the big show.

Fergie, Mary J. Blige, Miley Cyrus, Gleeks Chris Colfer and Darren Criss, Julianne Hough and "True Blood" star Joe Manganiello are just a few of the stars slated to appear.
Criss made headlines last year when he was joined onstage by Katy Perry at the event. The two performed her track "Teenage Dream," which he had famously covered on "Glee."


Lady Gaga To Be Honored As LGBT 'Hero'

Lady Gaga To Be Honored As LGBT 'Hero':

Trevor Project will present singer with their Hero Award at December event.
By Jocelyn Vena




Lady Gaga
Photo: Ian Gavan/ Getty Images

Lady Gaga has never been shy about her feelings for the LGBT community — she's perhaps the biggest and most A-list advocate for LGBT youth. Now her work with the community is earning her some recognition.

At this year's annual Trevor Live event, the singer will be honored by the Trevor Project, a nonprofit organization that offers suicide-prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. Gaga will receive the Trevor Hero Award, Press Party reports. The organization will also recognize Google Inc. with the Trevor 2020 Award.

"Our young people are at the center of a health crisis, and vocal leaders like Lady Gaga and technology leaders like Google Inc. have stepped up to help change our culture," David McFarland, interim executive director and CEO of the Trevor Project, said in a statement.

"Our honorees are working with the Trevor Project to make a better today and a brighter tomorrow for youth. We are proud to honor Lady Gaga with the Trevor Hero Award and Google Inc. with the Trevor 2020 award for their work to help young people express their true selves with pride."

Gaga and her mother recently started the Born This Way Foundation, which will focus on "youth empowerment and equality by addressing issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development and will utilize digital mobilization as one of the means to create positive change."

The Trevor party is set to go down on December 4 at the Hollywood Palladium. Gaga won't be the only A-lister on hand at the big show.

Fergie, Mary J. Blige, Miley Cyrus, Gleeks Chris Colfer and Darren Criss, Julianne Hough and "True Blood" star Joe Manganiello are just a few of the stars slated to appear.
Criss made headlines last year when he was joined onstage by Katy Perry at the event. The two performed her track "Teenage Dream," which he had famously covered on "Glee."


Lady Gaga Reveals Elton John Duet For Next Album

Lady Gaga Reveals Elton John Duet For Next Album:

'I played him a song that I wrote and he really loved it,' Gaga says on U.K. talk show.
By Jocelyn Vena




Lady Gaga and Elton John
Photo: Kevin Kane/ WireImage

Lady Gaga is wasting no time in working on her follow-up to Born This Way. Half a year after she dropped the chart-topping album, she is already crafting the sound for the next one. Over the weekend, Lady Gaga appeared on British talk-show host Alan Carr's "Chatty Man" and teased what fans should expect for her follow-up to BTW.

"My next duet, I believe, will be with Elton," she said. "I'm already working on my next album, and I played him a song that I wrote and he really loved it. I don't want to give anything [else] away!"

Of course, Gaga and Elton have quite a backstory together. The two recorded the track "Hello Hello" for the "Gnomeo and Juliet" soundtrack, and Gaga is godmother to Elton's son, Zachary.

In addition to the chat, Gaga also cooked up some chicken Milanese and performed her latest single, "Marry the Night," in a bright pink dress and giant pink hair bow. Her performance was uncharacteristically simple, with Gaga simply sitting at a piano. Last week, she teased the video for the clip, which includes a nearly two-minute-long monologue about the nature of sanity and art.

In other Gaga news, there was recently a shake-up in Gaga's camp when creative director Laurieann Gibson departed. For anyone who hasn't been paying attention for the last couple years, Gaga explained just how important the people who work with her are.

"To explain really what it's all about, me and my friends travel the world together and what we do, we all lay around in bed and we write down every idea that we have," she said. "It's quite honestly the greatest dream of my life. We get to make art for the whole universe."


Lady Gaga, Britney, Taylor Swift, Beyonce Drop Concert DVDs

Lady Gaga, Britney, Taylor Swift, Beyonce Drop Concert DVDs:

Four pop divas released concert specials on Monday — just in time for Black Friday!
By Jocelyn Vena




Taylor Swift
Photo: Getty Images

Music fans planning to burn off those post-Thanksgiving calories with some holiday shopping are in luck: Some of pop's biggest divas dropped live DVDs on Monday (November 21): Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and Britney Spears all have concert specials out, just in time for your Black Friday wish list. Here, MTV News breaks down the four releases (and one more to watch out for).

Taylor Swift

Just as Taylor wraps up her Speak Now Tour this week, the American Music Award winner is releasing "Speak Now World Tour - Live." The 18-song DVD features Swift performing some of her biggest tracks during that arena-filling trek. And if that's not enough Taylor, there's also a 16-song CD that fans can snatch up.

Beyoncé

Filmed over four shows in New York, weeks before B announced her pregnancy at the VMAs, the "Live at Roseland" DVD special shows the Queen B recounting some of the greatest moments of her career before launching into a nonstop live performance of her 4 album. It also includes behind-the-scenes footage that gives fans their first look at the wedding dress Beyoncé wore the day she married Jay-Z.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga is giving her little monsters a front row seat to her epic Monster Ball Tour. Filmed during stops at Madison Square Garden earlier this year, the concert originally aired on HBO and earned the pop star an Emmy. The DVD also includes previously unseen material that didn't make the final cut on HBO. In addition, Gaga is releasing a new album, Born This Way - The Remix, today.

Britney Spears


After debuting her Femme Fatale live concert special on Epix earlier this month, Spears is releasing the spectacle on DVD this week for those who may have missed it. Full of costume changes, swirling dance numbers and a sexy lap dance, this special is perfect for the Brit enthusiast.

One to Pre-Order: Adele

A fifth diva will get into the game on Cyber Monday. On November 28, Adele drops her own concert special, "Live at the Royal Albert Hall." And given that it might be a while before the singer hits the road again (she's on the mend from throat surgery), the DVD will at least give fans a taste of Adele's live stage show.

Share your concert DVD shopping picks in the comments section!


Lady Gaga Gets Crafty In Thanksgiving Special Preview

Lady Gaga Gets Crafty In Thanksgiving Special Preview:

'A Very Gaga Thanksgiving,' airing Thursday on ABC, will feature a performance of 'Marry the Night.'
By James Dinh




Lady Gaga in ABC's "A Very Gaga Thanksgiving"

Photo: ABC

Gather 'round, Little Monsters! Lady Gaga is serving up something special during a preview for her very-first 90-minute holiday TV special, "A Very Gaga Thanksgiving," which will air at 9:30 p.m. ET Thursday on ABC.

"So excited for everyone to see the Thanksgiving Special I directed!"
the pop star wrote on Twitter alongside a link to a preview. "Getting into the holiday spirit!"

In a three-minute teaser, Mother Monster gathers with a crowd of third-grade children from her former elementary school to make some festive crafts and share personal holiday-food traditions. "I want everyone to go around the room and say one thing that their family makes for Thanksgiving," she tells the swarm of girls. Gaga is met with a number of answers, including turkey, ham and pumpkin pie, and one girl's choice leads Gaga to reveal one of her favorite Thanksgiving foods: "I love cranberry sauce. My mom makes the best cranberry sauce ever!" she tells the student. It's just some simple chit-chat as they create Thanksgiving crafts and later help the pop superstar tie her apron.

In addition to the festive footage, Gaga also takes to an intimate stage to perform "Bad Romance" and, later on, to an outside balcony for her latest single, "Marry the Night." Dressed in a shoulder-less black dress with matching hand gloves, the songstress channels her inner Audrey Hepburn as she offers fans some dramatic poses during the number.

Can't get enough of Gaga's holiday tunes? The singer just released a four-track digital EP called A Very Gaga Holiday on iTunes, which includes "White Christmas," "Orange Colored Sky," "Yoü & I" and "The Edge of Glory."

Will you be watching "A Very Gaga Thanksgiving"? Let us know in the comments!


SCANDAL - Lady Gaga -- Attacked by Sperm Hat

SCANDAL - Lady Gaga -- Attacked by Sperm Hat:

Filed under: Lady Gaga, Fashion, Paparazzi Photo


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Lady Gaga emerged from a London hotel on Wednesday wearing what appeared to be a hot pink sperm hat on her head.

She likes wearing protection.

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Lady Gaga vs. J.Lo -- The Lace Off

Lady Gaga vs. J.Lo -- The Lace Off:

Filed under: Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Fashion, Who'd You Rather?


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Dressed for an S+M funeral, Lady Gaga rocked a black sheer lacey dress thing in NYC on Tuesday -- while Jennifer Lopez kept it a little classier in a more modest version at the AMAs on Sunday.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Lady Gaga Shoots 'Marry The Night' Video In New York

Lady Gaga Shoots 'Marry The Night' Video In New York:

Cultural center CEO tells MTV News that Gaga was 'friendly and kind' during Staten Island video shoot.
By Jocelyn Vena


Lady Gaga (file)
Photo: Michael Buckner/ Getty Images

After multiple reports of Lady Gaga's Staten Island video shoot for "Marry the Night" hit the Net, MTV News has confirmed that the singer indeed shot her fifth Born This Way clip in her native New York.

MTV News caught up with the CEO of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, where the video was shot on Monday, to get some details about the "Marry the Night" visuals.

"We found both her and her crew to be easy to work with and low-key," Lynn Kelly told us. "I think we would have expected a lot of drama, and the truth is, she is probably the most down-to-earth person. It was endearing. She was friendly and kind."

Lady Gaga "started to cry" the first time she heard the track for "Marry the Night."

New York's Daily News reports that Gaga was spotted hiding behind a sheet in order to keep her video look concealed from the many onlookers who stopped to catch a glimpse of the star.

According to tweets from passersby, dancers and extras were spotted dressed in multiple looks: some as ballerinas and others wearing leopard print. Gaga's mom was reportedly on set and spoke to some of the Little Monsters. While Gaga remained relatively hidden during the shoot, one fan tweeted that she was spotted sporting thick, black eyeliner with her hair done up.

While she wouldn't reveal any insider details about the video, Kelly did have only the highest praise for Mother Monster. "I think, for us, we're so excited to have someone of her talent and to have somebody like that shoot here is a sheer honor," she said. "What her music does for music is so much more than entertainment. It's connecting to the arts on a much deeper level, and that's what I hope we can do here."

Lady Gaga, Adele Lead American Music Awards Noms

Lady Gaga, Adele Lead American Music Awards Noms:

Katy Perry and Taylor Swift join the ladies dominating AMA nominations.
By Jocelyn Vena


Adele
Photo: Paul Bergen/ Getty Images

When the American Music Awards go down in November, expect it to be one big ladies' night, with A-listers Katy Perry, Adele, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift dominating the nominations, announced Tuesday (October 11).

Case in point: The show's big category, Artist of the Year, has five nominees, but only one is a dude. Lil Wayne, Adele, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift are all up for the award.

The Pop or Rock Music: Favorite Album nominees also belong to the women, with Gaga's Born This Way, Rihanna's Loud and Adele's 21. Meanwhile, the Pop or Rock Music: Favorite Female Artist nominees are Adele, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. There are some gentlemen in the mix, of course. The Pop or Rock Music: Favorite Male Artist nominees are Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars and Pitbull.

The Rap/Hip-Hop Music: Favorite Artist nominees include Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Kanye West. All three nominees are also up for Rap/Hip-Hop Music: Favorite Album with Tha Carter IV, Pink Friday and the Jay-Z-assisted Watch the Throne, respectively.

Chris Brown, Usher and Trey Songz are all looking to take home the trophy for Soul/Rhythm & Blues Music: Favorite Male Artist. Former Destiny's Child members Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland face off against Rihanna for Soul/Rhythm & Blues Music: Favorite Female Artist.

Brown, Rihanna and Beyoncé are also up for Soul/Rhythm & Blues Music: Favorite Album for F.A.M.E., Loud and 4 respectively.

Country Music: Favorite Female Artist honors go to Sara Evans, Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift, who is also up for Favorite Album in the country category for Speak Now. Alternative Rock Music: Favorite Artist recognizes Foo Fighters, Black Keys and Mumford & Sons. And the Adult Contemporary Music: Favorite Artist sees Katy Perry, Adele and Bruno Mars vying for the prize.

Full list of American Music Awards nominations:

Pop or Rock Music: Favorite Female Artist

» Adele

» Katy Perry

» Lady Gaga

Pop or Rock Music: Favorite Male Artist

» Justin Bieber

» Bruno Mars

» Pitbull

Pop or Rock Music: Favorite Band, Duo or Group

» LMFAO

» Maroon 5

» OneRepublic

Pop or Rock Album

» Adele - 21

» Rihanna - Loud

» Lady Gaga - Born This Way

Rap/Hip-Hop Music: Favorite Artist

» Lil Wayne

» Nicki Minaj

» Kanye West

Rap/Hip-Hop Album

» Lil Wayne - Tha Carter IV

» The Throne - Watch the Throne

» Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday

Soul/R&B Music: Favorite Male Artist

» Chris Brown

» Trey Songz

» Usher

Soul/R&B Music: Favorite Female Artist

» Rihanna

» Beyoncé

» Kelly Rowland

Soul/R&B Album

» Chris Brown - F.A.M.E.

» Rihanna - Loud

» Beyoncé - 4

Alternative Rock Music: Favorite Artist

» Foo Fighters

» Black Keys

» Mumford & Sons

Adult Contemporary Music: Favorite Artist

» Adele

» Bruno Mars

» Katy Perry

Latin Music: Favorite Artist

» Pitbull

» Enrique Iglesias

» Jennifer Lopez

Country Music: Favorite Female Artist

» Sara Evans

» Miranda Lambert

» Taylor Swift

Country Music: Favorite Male Artist

» Jason Aldean

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Lady Gaga 'Has Full Control,' Akon Says

Lady Gaga 'Has Full Control,' Akon Says:

'Kon was 'fully involved' in her first two albums, but now 'creatively, 100 percent, it's all Gaga,' he tells MTV News.
By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Rob Markman


Lady Gaga
Photo: WireImage

Over the course of her ever-evolving career, Lady Gaga's longtime boss, Akon, has always been by Gaga's side as she reincarnated herself from disco-ball-wearing dance princess to couture-sporting pop demi-goddess.

Now that Mother Monster is several years and millions of albums sold into her career, Akon has stepped back a bit and changed his role in the Haus of Gaga, giving the singer more control over what she does with her career.

"So the way it works is, Gaga's on Kon Live/Streamline, which is Vincent Herbert, and it's distributed through Interscope," he explained to MTV News. "And the first two albums, we were fully involved in everything creative when it comes to Gaga, and then, as she grows, she becomes more in tune with herself [and] what she wants to do.

"Now she has full control over her project, period," he continued. "Everything you see of Gaga now is all from her brain ... and our job is just to make sure whatever she's thinking we can make into reality. So I guess more so with the approval processes and everything like that, we still do what we do, but creatively, 100 percent, it's all Gaga, and Vince does all the day-to-day stuff relating to Gaga."

Then whatever's about to go down in Gaga's upcoming "Marry the Night" video certainly got the A-OK from Akon. The singer was spotted in New York City filming a clip for the fifth single from her chart-topping Born This Way.


Exclusive: Lady Gaga 'Inspired' By HALO Honoree

Exclusive: Lady Gaga 'Inspired' By HALO Honoree:

Taylor Swift, Jessica Biel and David Beckham are also teamed up with teen humanitarians for TeenNick's November 6 awards show.
By Jocelyn Vena



Lady Gaga
Photo: Nickelodeon

The TeenNick HALO Awards are weeks away from kicking off, but the celebrities involved are already spreading the word. In a new PSA for the event, airing November 6, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, David Beckham and Jessica Biel have joined forces to let viewers know about the show.

"Anti-bullying became something that I am now very passionate about," Lady Gaga said in a statement about being involved with the show. "I was bullied in school, and for a very long time, I kept those feelings inside. Today, I feel grateful and happy that I was able to get through these struggles and have friends, family and people around that inspired me — people like Emily-Anne."

Emily-Anne Rigal, 17, has been paired with Gaga thanks to her work to help stop bullying. She started the WeStopHate.org website, helping to shed light on the cause.

Swift will be paired with 19-year-old James O'Dwyer, who started the Magnolia Disaster Relief, an aid program that aims to offer relief to rural areas hit by tornadoes.

"I think James and I have a lot in common, and I'm really glad I got to meet and surprise him at my concert," Swift said. "Judging from the things he's been able to accomplish, he's one of those people who does the work without looking for or taking any of the credit.

"What really impressed me about James is how he stepped up to the line as soon as he heard that people were in trouble," she continued. "He saw first-hand how their lives had been destroyed and instead of getting frozen in that moment, he posted a message on Facebook to rally anyone who could bring supplies and food to those who lost their homes in tornados."

Meanwhile, Biel is paired with Shanoah Washington, an 18-year-old who created the Sista2Sista program, which aims to motivate young women. Finally, Beckham was paired with Kyle Weiss, 18, who started the organization FUNDaFIELD, which builds soccer fields in Africa.

The show will be hosted by Nick Cannon. It all takes place at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on October 26. The broadcast will air November 6 on Nick at Nite, with an encore November 7 on TeenNick.

Lady Gaga Spotted On 'Marry The Night' Set In NYC

Lady Gaga Spotted On 'Marry The Night' Set In NYC:

Singer is seen dancing on roof of a car in footage posted online.
By Jocelyn Vena



Lady Gaga
Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Lady Gaga is keeping the wedding reception going for a little bit longer. The singer has once again been spotted in New York filming scenes for her "Marry the Night" video.

In footage posted online, Gaga dances on the roof of a car as she sings the bridge from the song. She then slides down the car and begins rolling around on the hood as the chorus kicks in. She's dressed in black, with a blond bob wig and black heels. It's visibly raining out as she shoots, but in the footage she appears unfazed by the weather.

In some photos posted on Hypable, the singer is sporting a very goth look, including a black bra top, hot pants and over-the-knee boots.

A photo posted on Aceshowbiz.com is reportedly from a set-up in Harlem earlier in the day on Thursday. In it, the star wears bright blue lipstick and a leather romper. The website reports that at the Harlem shoot she performed with male dancers and was also spotted in a long-sleeve red dress with padded shoulders.

Earlier this week Lady Gaga was in Staten Island shooting parts of the video at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, and MTV News spoke to the Center's CEO, Lynn Kelly, who was very excited that Gaga decided to film there.

"We found both her and her crew to be easy to work with and low-key," Kelly told us. "I think we would have expected a lot of drama, and the truth is, she is probably the most down-to-earth person. It was endearing. She was friendly and kind.

"I think, for us, we're so excited to have someone of her talent, and to have somebody like that shoot here is a sheer honor," she continued. "What her music does for music is so much more than entertainment. It's connecting to the arts on a much deeper level, and that's what I hope we can do here."

Lady Gaga Does Marilyn Monroe At Pres. Clinton B'Day

Lady Gaga Does Marilyn Monroe At Pres. Clinton B'Day:

Mother Monster serenades president for his 65th; Usher and U2's Bono also perform.
By Gil Kaufman



Lady Gaga (file)
Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Even with a galaxy of big stars on hand to honor former President Bill Clinton on his 65th birthday, it was, of course, Lady Gaga who made the big headlines Saturday night at the four-hour Clinton charity fundraiser, "A Decade of Difference."

Emerging on the stage from an all-white tree house, Gaga sang a sedate, unplugged version of "Born This Way" on keyboards, while wearing a giant cloth hat and flesh-colored cape over a similarly colored top and leggings. The backing track soon pumped up and a group of dancers came out as Gaga made her way down to the main stage and sang the line, "Don't be a drag, just be a queen," while the former president and his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, clapped and smiled along.

Wearing a blond wig, Gaga paid homage to Marilyn Monroe by changing some of the lyrics to "Bad Romance" to "Bill romance," prompting the president to later declare, "I thought, 'My God, I get Lady Gaga, and I will have a heart attack celebrating my 65th birthday.' "

"Well, I'm having my first real Marilyn moment," Gaga joked after the opening, running her fingers through her mane. "I always wanted to have one, and I was hoping that it didn't involve an accident with some pills and a strand of pearls, so here we are."

Gaga's set also included a run through "Edge of Glory," during which she said, "I wish you were playing sax with me tonight, baby," an homage to late E Street horn man Clarence Clemons, who played on the song, but a quip that Clinton could have also taken as a nod to himself, as he's also known for blowing a mean sax.

The show took place at the Hollywood Bowl to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Clinton Foundation and, though his birthday was on August 19, Clinton was still feeling very thankful for all the fuss.

"I am the only person in history who got to be president and then had a post-presidential birthday party attended by both Lady Gaga and the secretary of state," Clinton said to the crowd, which included such stars as Colin Farrell and Chevy Chase. "I want to thank Hillary because we met 40 years ago this year. When I met her, she was already doing the kind of work you see here long before it was cool."

Also on hand to fete the former president was Stevie Wonder, who performed "Superstition," "Sir Duke" and "For Once in My Life," and U2's Bono and the Edge (accompanied by a laptop), who did acoustic versions of "Desire," "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," "Sunday Bloody Sunday," "One," "Staring at the Sun" and "Miss Sarajevo." The pair also unveiled the first-ever live version of "A Man and a Woman" from 2004's How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, dedicating it to Chelsea Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky.

The U2 singer praised the former president for his work in helping to broker peace in Ireland, saying that "at the top of the list" for playing the gig was the fact that his homeland is "truly at peace, north and south, because of the 42nd President of the United States of America," whom he dubbed the "most beloved president since JFK for us Irish."

Usher made news because he danced so hard that he split his pants during a mini-set that included a cover of the Joe Cocker take on the Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends," as well as his own "Yeah!" and "OMG." Also performing were Colombian pop star Juanes, country singer Kenny Chesney, Grace Potter and K'Naan. Among the celebrities on hand to make introductions were Ashton Kutcher, Ellen DeGeneres, Jason Segel and Maria Bello.

Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars To Perform At MTV EMA

Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars To Perform At MTV EMA:

Gaga and Mars join already announced performers Coldplay and LMFAO for November 6 show.
By Jocelyn Vena



Lady Gaga
Photo: WireImage

Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars are set to join the MTV EMA party. On Monday (October 17), Gaga and Mars were announced as the latest performers at the November 6 show, which takes place in Belfast, Ireland.

Selena Gomez will host the event, which will also include performances from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Coldplay, LMFAO and Jessie J. Presenters include MTV stars Snooki and JWoww from "Jersey Shore," as well as "Awkward." actress Ashley Rickards.

Gaga is up for six awards, including Best Female, Best Live Act, Best Pop Act, Best Song and Best Video for "Born This Way." She scored the sixth nom in the Biggest Fans category, an honor she'll share with her Little Monsters if she wins.

Mars is tied with Katy Perry for four noms at the show; he's up for Best Song and Best Pop for "Grenade," along with Best Male and Best New. Adele, Justin Bieber and Thirty Seconds to Mars are each up for three. Other big nominees include Beyoncé, Foo Fighters, Jennifer Lopez, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, My Chemical Romance, Eminem, Arcade Fire, Far East Movement, Wiz Khalifa, Linkin Park and Kings of Leon.

The show will premiere on Tr3s: MTV, Música y Más at 6 p.m. ET on November 6 and noon on mtvU on November 7. American and Canadian audiences can vote for the North American nominee for the Worldwide Act award, who will represent the continent at the EMA against contenders from across the globe.

For a complete list of nominees and to vote for your favorite artists, check out the MTV EMA website. Stick with MTV News as we roll out more information on performers and presenters.

Lady Gaga Reveals 'Marry The Night' Cover Art

Lady Gaga Reveals 'Marry The Night' Cover Art:

Picture released on Twitter shows Gaga posing on car while fire burns behind her.
By Jocelyn Vena



Lady Gaga (file)

Photo: Alo Ceballos/FilmMagic

Lady Gaga is getting her Little Monsters amped up for the "Marry the Night" video. On Monday night, she tweeted out some teases about the New York-based clip.

"Just wrapped my 5th music video, can't wait to unfold all its secrets and share with you moments from my past I have yet to reveal," she said on the site. "Put Born This Way back in the vessel, for rebirth, as I lay in mine. When too strong to divorce, then buckle up, MARRY THE NIGHT."

Gaga shot the video earlier this month in her hometown. She was spotted all over town filming scenes for the Born This Way single's video, including at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Staten Island.

"This is my favorite song on the album. Are you ready [producer] @FERNANDOGARIBAY?" she said. "This one is our baby."

In the MTV News documentary "Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside," the singer recalled the time Born This Way musical director Fernando Garibay first played the church bell-filled track that would become the inspiration for "Marry the Night." "It's like Whitney, but imagine if Bruce Springsteen had a baby with Whitney Houston — that's what it is," she said. "And that was it! We made a baby. Finally."

In addition to getting philosophical about the clip, Gaga also shared the cover art for the single, the fifth off her chart-topping album.
"Do you want the #MARRY THE NIGHT SINGLE COVER tonight?" Mother Monster asked her dedicated legion of fans. "If monsters make MARRY THE NIGHT SINGLE COVER the number one trending topic I will release it tonight. Early. SORRY INTERSCOPE! I LOVE THEM!"

After Twitter blocked all chances to get the trend going, Gaga defied the rules and released the art anyway. "Even better, you pissed [off] Twitter. Be prepared to Marry the Night at 8pm PST," she said before dropping it with this message: "New York is Not Just a Tan that You'll Never Lose."

In the picture, Gaga is dressed in leather, shaking her blond hair around. She's posing on the wet hood of a car while a fire burns behind her. It looks to be a scene from the video. No word yet on when the clip will premiere.

Lady Gaga To Headline Z100 Jingle Ball Concert

Lady Gaga To Headline Z100 Jingle Ball Concert:

Demi Lovato, Kelly Clarkson, Pitbull and others will also hit the stage for the annual holiday concert at Madison Square Garden.
By Christina Garibaldi





Lady Gaga

Photo: Ethan Miller/ Getty Images

It's time to get in the holiday spirit! On Friday (October 21), radio station Z100, with the help of pop star Demi Lovato, announced the lineup for their 2011 Jingle Ball concert.

All you Little Monsters better mark your calendars, because Mother Monster herself, Lady Gaga, will be headlining the big event. The holiday concert will take place on Friday, December 9, at New York City's Madison Square Garden.

Lovato, who is also hitting the stage at Jingle Ball, helped announce the lineup at the official kickoff party at the Aéropostale store in Times Square, where she also performed. The singer took the stage in front of a crowd filled with her fans (a.k.a. Lovatics) and sang four songs, including her cover of Lil Wayne's "How to Love" and her hit single off her Unbroken album, "Skyscraper." Lovato sat down with MTV News before the big event and told us just how thrilled she is to be a part of the big show.

"I just know I'm performing at Jingle Ball and that I'm really excited," Lovato said. "I'm going to the Aéropostale store and I'm announcing the Jingle Ball lineup."

Of course, Gaga and Lovato aren't the only acts hitting the stage. Pitbull, LMFAO, super-producer David Guetta, and Lovato's personal favorite, Kelly Clarkson, will also be in attendance.

"I used to go to her concerts and now I'm performing with her," Lovato said of sharing the stage with Clarkson.

But wait, there's more! Gym Class Heroes, rockers Foster the People and pop newbies Hot Chelle Rae will also perform before the New York crowd.

Tickets for Z100's Jingle Ball go on sale November 1.