Lady Gaga was dressed for a funeral on the red carpet Sunday night at the 2018 GRAMMYs, which might explain why she had to come back as an angel for her performance. Gaga switched out an all-black look for all-white as she sat at a white baby grand piano covered with giant wings. Missing only a halo, Gaga performed “Joanne” and “Million Reasons” despite being snubbed at the show.
Joined by her collaborator Mark Ronson, Gaga introduced her performance as a tribute to her father’s sister Joanne and for “love and compassion, even when you can’t understand.” Mark played guitar as Gaga tickled the ivories. She made it partially through the memorial before shifting gears ever so slightly.
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With the simple phrase, “Time’s Up,” Gaga launched into the piano riff for “Million Reasons.” Gaga belted out the GRAMMY-nominated song, leaving the piano while a strings section took over. She ended on a lingering high note as the crowd cheered.
In a tweet ahead of the show, Gaga explained all the angelic imagery in the performance. Her family has been haunted by the loss of her Aunt Joanne for decades. Gaga clearly felt that her spirit was protecting her on stage.
Check out more pics from her performance below.
(Photo credit: CBS TV Instagram account)