If you weren't aware of the fact that [artist id="3061469"]Lady Gaga[/artist]'s performances tend to be rather, well, over the top, her Sunday night (November 22) showcase at the American Music Awards certainly did the trick.
Gaga brought the audience to its feet with a fiery, fierce performance of a pair of songs from her upcoming The Fame Monster album (don't call it a reissue) that saw her dance, strut, smash and very nearly suffer third-degree burns to her lower extremities.
You know, all in a night's work.
Gaga started things off with "Bad Romance," wearing a glittering, H.R. Geiger-inspired headpiece and a nude bodysuit, flanked by six pansexual dancers who cavorted and whirled around her. She belted out the high notes, then cast the headpiece aside to get down to some herky-jerky dance moves (no doubt inspired by the [article id="1625927"]"Romance" video[/article]), then collapsed to the floor while her dancers crawled behind her.
Suddenly, the music stopped, the crowd squealed with delight and Gaga smiled. The she grabbed her mic stand, walked over to her piano (which was encased in glass) and proceeded to smash her way inside.
Surrounded by shards of glass, she straddled the piano bench and began playing the opening refrain of the somber "Speechless," all while her piano erupted in flames. Unfazed, she kept playing as a pair of gas-mask wearing violinists (also encased in glass) added accompaniment.
As the song reached its crescendo, Gaga grabbed for a slew of bottles and, to add to each stab of the violin, she smashed them on the piano. The crowd whooped with delight.
The song ended with Gaga striking a pose, her piano still flaming, her body covered in pieces of glass. Naturally, she got a standing ovation. Amazingly, she wasn't seriously injured.