Lady Gaga: Whitney Houston Was My Vocal Idol Growing Up [AUDIO]

February 15, 2011 7:42 am

Lady Gaga at the Grammys

Multiple Grammy award-winning artist Lady Gaga joined “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” Tuesday to talk about her much buzzed about appearance at the Grammys, her shout out to Whitney Houston and her upcoming album Born This Way.

In the interview, Gaga revealed the next single from the new album will be a song called “Judas” which was produced by Gaga’s long time producer Red One and will debut in “a couple weeks.” Other songs that are favorites of hers include “Hair” and “Marry The Night,” the former of which boast an up tempo beat with a Bruce Springsteen vibe. Gaga even got Clarence Clemons from Springsteen’s E Street Band to play saxophone on the electronic record, also produced by Red One.

On staying inside of the egg at The Grammys:
“I was in there for about 72 hours. It was a very creative experience. It was time for me to really prepare and think about the meaning of the song.”

On staying so thin and toned:
“I’m on a drunk diet.”

On preparing for performances:
“I put so much hard work into creating the performance, designing it, I really have spent a tremendous amount of time working on becoming a better dancer. If I want to someday remembered as a great artist, I got to do what all the greats did, sing and dance live like they did.”

On Whitney Houston:
“I can’t tell you how much I listened to her growing up. She was my vocal idol for so many years. I thought of her voice when I wrote [Born This Way] because she’s just such an incredible singer. I sort of planned to thank her a long time ago at some point, I said ‘if I ever win a Grammy, I’m going to thank Whitney.'”

Listen to the full interview below!