Lady Gaga Pokes Fun at Herself, Performs with R. Kelly on ‘SNL’
The New York-born and raised singer made her hosting debut when she stepped onstage donning a shimmery showgirl-esque dress and a short blonde wig.
The pop star put an interactive, Broadway twist to her smash single, “Applause,” during her opening monologue by replacing the heavy-pop beats from the studio version with soft percussions and a buzzing trumpet.
During the Gaga-hosted episode, Mother Monster played a geeky Apple store genius and pokes fun at the Kardashians, and the “Venus” singer even sets herself up as the punchline for a sketch titled, “Worst Cover Songs of All Time” — calling her single, “Born This Way” a “bad cover” of Madonna‘s “Express Yourself.”
The 27-year-old also played her old, future self, a washed-out pop star with deli meat — referencing her 2010 VMAs dress.
Gaga paid her dues as musical guest by bringing R. Kelly out onstage for a sex-fueled performance of their single, “Do What U Want,” off Gaga’s newly-released album, ARTPOP, and she concluded the night with a soulful performance of “Gypsy.”