Lady Gaga sang "Speechless" Monday night (12-7-09) for the Royal Variety Performance show in London at Blackpool’s Opera House. She sat in front of a black piano suspended in mid-air that had giant stilts for legs, while wearing a red Elizabethan-inspired PVC-rubber dress with a 20-foot long train and an over-sized neck ruffle.
Lady Gaga reportedly ditched her suicide act in reverence to the British Queen. Over a thousand people gathered outside the theatre for a glimpse of the Royal ones, as well as the various stars, as they arrived for the gala evening, held for charity.
Dance troupe Diversity, who won the right to perform as winners of the Britain’s Got Talent TV show, wowed the crowd with an energetic routine.
Besides Lady Gaga, performers included Hollywood legend Bette Midler, "teen idol" Miley Cyrus, crooner Michael Buble, Soul legend Chaka Khan, "pop magpie" Mika, and classical British singer Katherine Jenkins along with talent show winners Alexandra Burke (2008 X-Factor) and Diversity (Britain’s Got Talent).
The Royal Variety Performance is held annually in support of the Queen’s Entertainment Artists Benevolent Fund which benefits entertainers in the UK who require assistance as a result of old age, health issues, or hard times.
The Queen, Prince Philip, and the Duke of Edinburgh attended the performance, which was hosted by popular comedian Peter Kay.
Though officially over for the year, the town’s famous lights were turned on again on Monday night along the route of the royal party.
Picture of Lady Gaga doing the town in good old London wearing her unusual outfit. 12-6-09 photo
After Gaga sang, she was introduced to the Queen, and both women appeared delighted. The usually reserved monarch giggled when Gaga bowed and shook her hand.
Closeup picture of Lady Gaga wearing her deer horns hat, sunglasses, fishnet stockings, and sheer mini-dress in London. 12-6-09 photo
The Queen and Lady Gaga also shared an extended conversation, unusual for British Royalty. Check out the videos at the bottom of this post.
Picture-poster of Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper's Spring 2010 M.A.C. Viva Glam Campaign, the AIDS charity fund they sponsor, which has raised over $135 million to fight HIV since 1994. Gaga lipstick and Viva Glam Cyndi Lipstick, $14 each, will launch in North America March 18, 2009 and globally throughout the month, with 100% of the proceeds going to the M.A.C. AIDS Fund. Photographed by Ellen von Unwerth
The long red dress and 20-foot long cloak Gaga donned for her audience with Her Majesty looked almost Elizabethan, save for the fact that it was made from synthetic PVC rubber. Gaga also wore matching rubber around her eyes.
Among other things, Lady Gaga confirmed her bisexuality, bluntly telling Walters when asked, “I have had sexual relations with women.” See our video for the full interview.
Lady Gaga wore a black Chanel Fall 2009 boucle skirt suit with all the trimmings, including a jeweled brooch, for her appearance on Barbara Walter's Ten Most Fascinating People of 2009. She told Perez Hilton that she was paying homage to Barbara Walters with the outfit. 12-09-09 photo of Lady Gaga with Barbara Walters
FYI: Gaga just added a new stop for The Monster Ball Tour, now sponsored by Virgin Mobile—New Orleans, Sunday, December 27, at the UNO Lakefront Arena. Tickets are now on sale for the event. Click on this link for more information: 12/27 New Orleans, LA - UNO Lakefront Arena. Click here for other dates and places.
Closeup picture of Lady Gaga being interviewed by Barbara Walters on Wednesday's special. 12-7-09 photo
The Super Deluxe Fame Monster Pack will be out on December 15th. It will include a piece of one of Gaga’s wigs (Note the clarification! Previous press releases said Lady Gaga’s “hair!” I guess we don’t have to worry about her going bald after all!), photos, fan-arts, and a pair of 3-D glasses (which will be useful for a yet to be revealed surprise). Click here to pre-order the Super Deluxe Fame Monster Pack!
Preview picture of the Lady Gaga Book of Gaga, part of the Super DeLuxe Fame Monster Pack
Lady Gaga has been nominated for FIVE awards at the 2010 GRAMMIES, as follows:
1. ALBUM OF THE YEAR: THE FAME
2. SONG OF THE YEAR: "POKER FACE"
3. RECORD OF THE YEAR: "POKER FACE"
4. BEST DANCE RECORDING: "POKER FACE"
5. BEST ELECTRONIC/DANCE ALBUM: THE FAME
Photo of the extra goodies you get by ordering the Super Deluxe Fame Monster Pack
The 52nd annual Grammy Awards Show will air live on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles Sunday, January 31, 2010.
Photo of the unusual pictures you get when ordering Lady Gaga's Super DeLuxe Fame Monster Pack. Also shown is the fact that each collection is individually numbered
Lady Gaga is up for Artist of the Year and Best New Artist for SPIN.com’s 2009 Reader Poll. You can also write her in for Best Live Performer, Album of the Year (The Fame Monster), Song of the Year (“Bad Romance”), and Video of the Year (“Bad Romance” natch)! Go to Spin.com and vote now: http://www.spin.com/articles/year-end-poll-2009
Photos of the barely covered Lady Gaga "pull-out posters" you'll get if you order the Super Deluxe Fame Monster Pack. Click here to buy it.
Gaga will be on the cover of the January 2010 issue of Elle Magazine. In the article, they call Lady Gaga “a fame phenomenon. By bringing dance music to the mainstream pop scene, Gaga has changed the landscape of music on American radio. She made pop music exciting again. Exciting and dangerous.”
Lady Gaga in a brown/copper corset on the cover of the January issue of Elle Magazine, looking sexy as hell.
“She plays by her own rules,” Elle continued. “Lady Gaga, born in 1986, began collaborating with a creative team called the Haus of Gaga, a group of stylists, fashion designers, producers, and her choreographer, Laurieann Gibson, to remix art, fashion, modern dance, and musical references into her scandalous live shows and videos. Her first album The Fame produced more number one Billboard Pop Chart single hits than any first CD in history.”
Here's a photo of an "alternate" Lady Gaga Elle cover, which will be sent to those with subscriptions. Organza trousers $530. Hat by Hussein Chalayan. Pants at Mameg Beverly Hills.
FYI: “Bad Romance,” Lady Gaga’s latest single, has been rated number one for six weeks now, the second longest running chart topper of the year! The video has had over five million hits on YouTube!
On using her sexuality: “My album covers are not sexual at all, which was an issue at my record label. I fought for months, and I cried at meetings. They didn’t think the photos were commercial enough…The last thing a young woman needs is another picture of a sexy pop star writhing in sand, covered in grease, touching herself.”
On her romantic future: “In eight to 10 years, I want to have babies for my Dad to hold, grandkids. And I want to have a husband who loves and supports me, just the way anyone else does. I would never leave my career for a man right now, and I would never follow a man around.”
Second page of the Lady Gaga Elle interview. They continue: "Lady Gaga always wanted to be an entertainer. The environment her Catholic father and Methodist mother created was, she says, 'traditional yet psychologically progressive.'" Click photo to enlarge!
This past Tuesday, YouTube and Universal Music Group launched VEVO, a music and video entertainment site powered by YouTube dedicated to music videos. VEVO will host 85% of music videos, with the rest remaining on YouTube. A ton of big celebrities attended the launch party at Skylight Studio, including Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, John Mayer, Pete Wentz, Sheryl Crow, Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon, Q-TIP, 50 Cent, Adam Lambert, Asher Roth, Bono, John Legend, Pete Wentz, Wyclef Jean and many more.
Head shot photo of Lady Gaga from the January Elle
“VEVO, powered by Google Inc.’s YouTube and featuring music videos, concert footage, interviews and original content, will allow record labels to attract premium-prices for ads while controlling how music is viewed and distributed online,” Universal Music Group Chief Doug Morris said.
Photo of Lady Gaga in Elle's January 2010 issue. Iridescent plastic dress, Jil Sander, $975, at Jil Sander Boutique, NYC. Tights, Falke, $38. Suede elevated platform shoes, Vivienne Westwood, $640
VEVO was created in partnership by Universal Music Group (UMG), Sony Music Entertainment (SME) and the Abu Dhabi Media Company. It is operated independently by a management team with offices in Los Angeles and New York.
Outtake picture of Lady Gaga from the Elle photo shoot
VEVO supposedly features the most extensive catalog of premium music content found anywhere on the web, thanks to deals with such leading music companies as Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, EMI Music, Hollywood Records, Walt Disney Records, CBS Interactive Music Group, Big Machine Records, Concord Music Group, Lyric Street Records, ABKCO, Caroline Distribution, Fontana Distribution, INgrooves, IODA, RED and The Orchard, among many others. Explore VEVO at http://www.vevo.com/.
Lady Gaga outtake photo from Elle Magazine, January 2010. Transparent plastic veil top, Karl Lagerfeld, price upon request, visit karllagerfeld.com.
Unfortunately, the launch was fraught with problems. The videos are slow to play because the site doesn’t have enough bandwidth to support the number of people who’ve tried to visit. Also, persons outside the United States are unable to access the videos, which makes no sense to me!
Picture of Lady Gaga posing for photographers at the VEVO launch party in her mauve Valentino dress, her blonde hair fashioned into a bow. 12-8-09 photo
In any case, Lady Gaga performed “Speechless” at the gig and we are fortunate enough to have the video, even though VEVO hasn’t released any clips from the evening, which I find strange, considering it’s supposed to be all about videos. Go figure. Anyway, watch Lady Gaga singing in the video at the base of this page. She donned her famous “hair bow” for the occasion.
Lady Gaga waves to her fans at the VEVO party. 12-8-09 photo
For lots more photos and videos on Lady Gaga click here for our extremely popular post on the 2009 Video Music Awards (VMAs). Click on this link to see pictures and videos from her flamboyant gig on Saturday Night Live (SNL).
Lady Gaga performing "Speechless" at the VEVO launch party on Tuesday. See the video at the bottom of this post. 12-8-09 photo
Lady Gaga kicks a leg up in the air as she gets into her VEVO performance. 12-8-09 photo
To access our elaborate AMA spread on Lady Gaga click on this title: NEW LADY GAGA VIDEOS (INTACT) AMA AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS JAY LENO VH1 FUSE LOGO! BAD ROMANCE SPEECHLESS TELEPHONE! 15 UN-DELETED VIDEOS! 24 PHOTOS PICS!
Lady Gaga drinks a toast to the VEVO launch party Tuesday night, as the fog begins to rise from the floor. 12-8-09 photo
For our recent post about Gaga’s interview on MTV’s It’s On! with Alexa Chung (which has just been cancelled, by the way), click here.
After the VEVO launch party, Lady Gaga was photographed leaving NOBU Tribeca. 12-8-09 photo
To watch the official video and see a bunch of photo captures from Gaga’s phenomenal “Bad Romance” video go to this link.
Close picture of Lady Gaga's unusual hairdo. 12-8-09 photo
For additional data on Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball tour, which began November 23, 2009, go here: LADY GAGA's MONSTER BALL TICKET and TOUR INFO! NEW ALBUM THE FAME MONSTER TRACK LIST! 31 NEW PHOTOS! 11 VIDEOS! Although it’s an older post, we keep it updated.
Francesco Vezzoli, renowned Italian video artist, escorts Lady Gaga on stage at the L.A. Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MOCA's) 30th Anniversary gala. The whole spectacle was part of a performance art piece by Vezzoli, known for merging the celebrity and art worlds. “I’m in love with Lady Gaga,” Vezzoli said later. “She’s managed to be a powerful artist without being a product of the system.” 11-14-09 photo
Check out the first photos and videos from the Monster Ball Tour, which kicked off in Montreal Canada: FIRST LOOK LADY GAGA TOUR! 15 PHOTOS 17 VIDEOS! MONSTER BALL MONTREAL 11-27-09! SET LIST! Wait 'til you see all the new outfits she's wearing for the concerts!
Lady Gaga performing at the L.A. Museum of Contemporary Art's 30th Anniversary gala, with stars including Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Eva Mendes, Pierce Brosnan, Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale in attendance. Gaga sat at a rotating pink piano designed by artist Damien Hirst, alongside dancers from Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet, wearing an outfit designed by Frank Gehry, Muccia Prada and Baz Luhrmann. 11-14-09 photo
NRJ 2010 Music Awards Commercial for 1-23-10 show with Lady Gaga.
Watch the video of Lady Gaga’s performance of “Speechless” at the VEVO launch Tuesday night, 12-8-09:
Check out this video footage of Lady Gaga meeting the Queen of England 12-8-09. Lady Gaga was among the stars entertaining the Queen at this year's Royal Variety Performance in Blackpool.
This is the short version, with Lady Gaga only, for those who want to get to the nitty gaga:
Here’s a fun video report by Jeanne Moos of CNN:"The Queen Greets Lady Gaga and Neither Gags No Goes Gaga Over Her Latex Outfit":
Watch this CNN video report. It’s a longer version of Queen Elizabeth II greeting a variety of performers after the Royal Variety Performance, including Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Buble, Bette Midler, Miley Cyrus, and Lady Gaga:
Here’s the video of Lady Gaga on Barbara Walters Most Fascinating People of 2009, aired on ABC 12-9-09:
Check out this video of Lady Gaga - Behind the Scenes of Elle Magazine’s January 2010 Cover Shoot:
Watch this great video: Vh1’s 2009: The Year of Lady Gaga:
Check out this video of Lady Gaga Announcing Her 5 Grammy Nominations in Boston 12/2/09:
Watch this VH1 News video: Lady Gaga Lets Her Freak Flag Fly on The Fame Monster.
In case it wasn't clear before, Lady Gaga is a proud freak. Hear Gaga herself talk about her latest album, The Fame Monster, her own personal monsters, and the feedback she's gotten from her youngest fans:
Here’s a video of Lady Gaga singing “Speechless “ at The Monster Ball Tour Live In Vancouver - BC - Canada 10-12-09:
Lady Gaga appeared at Club Voyeur in West Hollywood following the 2009 American Music Awards (AMAs), spoke to the crowd, and sang a little. From November 24, 2009. Watch the video:
“Lady Gaga” Was One of the Most Googled Terms of 2009! Lady Gaga was the fastest rising Google image search of 2009! Google's Marissa Meyer explains why Gaga topped the list in the video below from The Today Show!
Check out Freddie Mercury singing “Radio Gaga,” the inspirational song for Gaga’s name! Enjoy this offical 1984 video!
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