Lady Gaga Opens MTV VMAs as Drag Persona Jo Calderone: VIDEO
Lady Gaga opened the MTV VMA Awards, performing her single "Yoü and I" as her drag persona Jo Calderone, with Brian May on guitar.
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Gaga also won MTV's "Best Video with a Message" award for "Born This Way". The award, meant to highlight videos with a social message (anti-bullying, domestic violence, etc), was buried in the red carpet coverage, reports the Huffington Post.
UPDATE: Gaga later made note of the 'Video with a Message' award upon accepting for Best Female Video.
Said Gaga (as Calderone):
"I'm so happy to accept the award tonight because Gaga's not here for Best Female Video.Thank you so much to [director] Nick Knight. And I know if she was here tonight, she would want me to thank her Little Monsters. You know, earlier tonight, they told me I got Best Video With a Message. But you know what? There's so many great artists in this room, sitting over there in that front row and some performed tonight. Every video they've got has a f---ing message. I feel so blessed to be here, and it's true. It doesn't matter who you are. Gay, straight, bi, lesbian, transgender — you were born this way. God bless you, MTV. Yeah!"