After a number of fans and critics pointed out the similarities between [artist id="3061469"]Lady Gaga[/artist]'s smash new single [article id="1657803"]"Born This Way" and a few of Madonna's songs[/article] (including "Express Yourself" and "Vogue"), Gaga went on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" on Monday to say that she's gotten the Material Girl's stamp of approval.
Twenty-four hours after Gaga wowed the Grammy audience with her [article id="1657848"]space-egg entrance[/article], Leno asked the singer how she felt about the many comparisons to Madonna's work. Mother Monster assured him that there is no beef between her and Madonna over the song.
"There is really no one that is a more adoring and loving Madonna fan than me," said Gaga, who furthered the controversy during her Grammy performance by rocking a long blond ponytail that also recalled a classic Madonna look. "I am the hugest fan personally and professionally."
In fact, Gaga said she recently got a note from Madonna, who said she liked the song and had no problem with the homage. "Well, the good news is that I got an e-mail from her people and her, sending me their love and complete support on behalf of the single, and if the queen says it shall be, then it shall be," she said.
Gaga, who picked up three Grammy awards on Sunday night, appeared on Leno's show wearing a gauzy black dress over a visible black bra and panties and a black head scarf, accessorized with a black vinyl Batman-like mask, as well as what appears to be her new monster-movie inspired look, complete with glued-on facial ridges. She displayed her three Grammys on Leno's desk and, as a Valentine's Day treat, crammed them with M&M's, the talk-show host's favorite candy.
"I think today in music, the freedom in the song, the sort of R&B, early-'90s vibe that it has, it's so full of love and spirit, and I think it's the spirit that people are reacting to the most," said Gaga of her already hit single. "I just want everyone to rejoice and celebrate and be unafraid to be happy with music. It doesn't always have to be so dark. It doesn't always have to be so sexy. Sometimes it's wonderful just to celebrate life and go to church with it."