Chris Pizzello, AP
The singer, who just released -- and will perform -- her latest single, 'Born This Way,' on Friday, arrived at the awards ceremony inside a turquoise egg held up by five futuristic carriers dressed in gold. Although Gaga's outfit was still left to the imagination, it was sure to be a shocker, much like what she wore to last year's Grammy Awards, when she was decked out in a silver metal spiral dress.
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Gaga, who has been criticized in the past for "borrowing" looks from Madonna, has come under fire recently for how similar 'Born This Way' sounds to the Material Girl's 1989 anthem 'Express Yourself,' and Gaga's Grammy performance only adds fuel to the fire. The Internet has been in a frenzy about the familiarity of the beat and vocals when Gaga's track made its rounds around the blogosphere. The Washington Post, in what might be called understatement, described 'Born This Way' as "vaguely" reminiscent of Madonna's song.
Some news outlets were a little more forthright about the similarity between the two performers, espcially in light of the Grammy performance. In an open letter to Lady Gaga, the San Antonio Express-News chided, "Granted, Madonna holds the copyright on image changing. But when you cracked your egg on the Grammy stage and emerged in a Madonna-esque, high ponytail singing your new single 'Born This Way' that has been compared to Madonna's 'Express Yourself,' and later accepted an award wearing a rubber mat get-up with protruding rubber-shaped lumps for your breasts (hello? Madonna's cone bra?) what else is there to say?"
The egg is just another addition to some of Gaga's shocking outfit choices. She's already donned a dress of perspex bubbles during her first solo tour, a jacket made out of dozens of Kermit the Frog Muppets on a German television show in 2009 and hundreds of white pearls glued to her face for a New York charity event last year. In a recent tweet, before her arrival to the awards, Gaga said that tonight's performance was a collaboration with designers Hussein Chalayna and the House of Mugler.
Gaga's "little monsters" got a peek at what was inside the egg-like womb when her carriers brought her out onstage to perform 'Born This Way.' Once she emerged, the singer, dressed in a yellow tunic seemingly made of loose latex, donned a hat that resembled nothing less than an egg yolk. After taking the topper and the covering around her shoulders off, it was apparent Gaga had undergone a transformation, or protrusion -- prosthetic horns adorned her shoulders and temples.
Full of high-energy kicks and arm thrusts, Lady Gaga showcased her moves with a bevy of dancers. As Gaga sang the bridge of the tune, she rushed to a piano placed on a platform decorated with wax heads. Toward the song's close, the entertainer rejoined the dancers, who pulled off their tunics revealing nearly nude undergarments.
Lady Gaga, who was up for six nominations, including Album of the Year and Best Dance Recording, won Best Pop Vocal Album for 'The Fame Monster.'
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