Lady Gaga

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It wasn't about the look at all for me, the whole performance was just off. She was performing the hell out of Hold My Hand all of last summer - I feel like most of the posts about the tour included how her performances elevated the song for a lot of people who had a tepid response to it. This had the opposite effect.

It's been a while since I've straight up disliked something she has done. Even I'm surprised because I'm such an optimist and give everything I consume a chance to grow on me but this was just weird.
Really agree. The tour performance was great, and yet pretty simple. But this just wasn't good.

Having said that, it had an amazing effect on iTunes and the bloody song is doing really well.
 
I still consider "Hold My Hand" such a non-event of a song and that was a cute little performance.


As for the "A Star Is Born" outtake "Dreaming in Real Life" that surfaced the other day, it's giving Stefani Germanotta Band in its rough demo form and the song itself is rather meh...
Honestly... I feel like the three pop songs we got (along with "Stupid Love" and "The Cure") were all she did in terms of pure pop tracks during the ASIB sessions.
What about the unreleased bop "We Could Be Lovers" - wasn't that one from those sessions?
 
The performance is getting an insane amount of praise online, I'm kinda shocked dd. But then again people love a "raw", "authentic", and "stripped-down" performance. The red carpet moment with the journalist is also making many headlines. The night was such a win overall for her despite losing the trophy.

To think that she ran from the Joker set straight to rehearsals, served a lewk and took it all off to perform in a T-shirt, ripped jeans, Converse, then got another standing ovation and she will be back to filming today...that is exactly why I love her.

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Yeah watching it again removed from the expectation of the bombast she delivered in Oscar performances past (Sound of Music), I really appreciate the intimate, improvisational jam band vibe a lot more, she really shines when she has to serve raw emotion and it brought out some soul in the song that was suffocated by the production in the single version. Plus, it worked as a nice counterpoint to the Rihanna performance who did the whole gown/jewels/orchestra/standing dramatically in the middle of the stage under a spotlight thing.

Also, who is the guitarist in the trucker hat sitting next to her, is he in her usual touring band? He is HOT
 
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It‘s not my fave song but I liked the version (I already heard it played on the radio stop). But I really loved the raw look.
 
I don't know, I think there's a lot of assumption going on about what she was doing. Has she come out and said she was rejecting the notion of Hollywood glamour, or anything like that? Have I just missed it?

I fucking adore the woman, but she does make me roll me eyes sometimes. And when she does this over-earnest, angsty thing, like she was doing in parts of this, it sometimes comes off as completely insincere and just a not-very-convincing act. As someone else said, if she'd just sat at the piano and did it herself it probably would have worked much better.


She hasn’t come out and said that, and I don’t think that was her message at all. I’ve seen a lot of media outlets talk about how it was powerful to remove the makeup and strip down. I’m honestly still shocked that people are still amazed that she is as versatile as is. She’s been showing all facets of herself since her debut really.
 
It's kind of funny that pretty much every year since 2013 she's performed in a stripped down form to some degree (Cheek to Cheek, Oscars 2015, Joanne, A Star is Born, etc) and every time the wider public act shocked and like this is something brand new.

Last night definitely felt more raw though.
 
I really thought it was a terrible performance of a terrible song. So many of her worst instincts rolled into one, my god. Every ballad needing to be performed like it's being torn out of her as she lies in a gutter.

It's fascinating what resonates with the public in regards to her now. I can only imagine the scorn and cynism had she done that mid-campaign for any of the albums in the first half of her career, but now playing one of the most tired, exhausted, cliché tricks in the book gets her acclaim. It's wild. Imagine thinking Lady Gaga in jeans and a t-shirt and no make up is a subversive statement. She was just Ed Sheeran.
 
I really thought it was a terrible performance of a terrible song. So many of her worst instincts rolled into one, my god. Every ballad needing to be performed like it's being torn out of her as she lies in a gutter.

It's fascinating what resonates with the public in regards to her now. I can only imagine the scorn and cynism had she done that mid-campaign for any of the albums in the first half of her career, but now playing one of the most tired, exhausted, cliché tricks in the book gets her acclaim. It's wild. Imagine thinking Lady Gaga in jeans and a t-shirt and no make up is a subversive statement. She was just Ed Sheeran.
RJF and I agreeing on Gaga content... I never thought I'd see the day but I love it.
 

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She's done so many amazing stripped down performances - even of songs that seemed impossible to perform in that form - that it's distressing to see her sounding so bad in such an inspid song
 
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