Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’: A Cheat Sheet

MTV News takes a look back on the long road to single's release.

For [artist id="3061469"]Lady Gaga[/artist] fans, the road to the release of “Born This Way” has been long. With teases for months now, Gaga’s dedicated Little Monsters finally get to hear the song, from her May release of the same name. Before you hit play and listen to the song on repeat, MTV News takes a look back at the months of anticipation for the release.

Gaga first got the buzz started in September. While wearing a dress made entirely of meat, she got up onstage at the VMAs and not only announced the album title , but also sang a bit of the song for fans.

Soon, details about the album were emerging, but little was known about the title track until January 1, when she announced that she would be releasing the song February 13 . Her longtime collaborator, RedOne, spoke to MTV News weeks later to reveal that the song is “so beautiful, and Gaga is very special to all of us — to the world.”

Later that month, Gaga initially teased fans with a few lyrics from the song before giving up the full lyrics — revealing an anthem about equality for everyone , regardless of race, creed or sexuality.

“It is a very gay song — unapologetically, gay-in-your-face gay — but it’s also a universal song that can relate to everyone,” pal Perez Hilton told MTV News . “To all of us outsiders, to all of us freaks, to all of us who feel different. And the music is undeniable. It sounds like a smash. It is a smash. It is one of the best songs of Gaga’s career.”

As February 13 quickly approached, Gaga decided to treat her fans and release the track two days earlier than expected. She even shared the artwork for the track .

By the time the song was released, Lady Gaga was gracing the cover of Vogue and sharing with her fans her process for writing the track.

“I wrote ['Born This Way'] in 10 f—ing minutes,” she explains in the article. “And it is a completely magical message song. And after I wrote it, the gates just opened, and the songs kept coming. It was like an immaculate conception.”