Long before [artist id="3061469"]Lady Gaga[/artist] headed to Nebraska to shoot her "Yoü and I" video — which premieres Thursday at 7:49 p.m. ET/PT on MTV and Logo during "MTV First: Lady Gaga" — she hooked up with super-producer Mutt Lange and Queen guitarist Brian May to create the fourth single from Born This Way.
The song is about reconnecting with a great love — reportedly Gaga's bartender beau Luc Carl. Although the final Lange-produced version appears on the album, Gaga first premiered "Yoü and I" back in June 2010 at Elton John's White Tie and Tiara Ball. She had been dazzling fans with the acoustic version of the song on the Monster Ball Tour until the official version dropped this past May.
"She recorded a vocal backstage [on tour], because there was no time to fly anybody out anymore," Born This Way musical director Fernando Garibay recalled to MTV News. "It was the last round. She recorded it backstage, the vocal and the piano, and gave it to Mutt Lange. Her and Mutt Lange traded notes, and I just made sure that everything stayed intact."
Gaga traditionally has worked with up-and-coming producers like Garibay, RedOne and DJ White Shadow, but for the deeply personal track, she wanted a musical master like Lange, who has worked with everyone from Shania Twain and Maroon 5 to Def Leppard and AC/DC.
"Mutt Lange's a legend since the '80s, [and he's] been having huge songs," Garibay said. "Here you have such a legend and you have Gaga, [and] Gaga records the vocal herself and then gives it to Mutt and he does his stuff to the track, to the song, but kept it in her vision. It's pretty spectacular."
Don't miss the premiere of the "Yoü and I" video during "MTV First: Lady Gaga," Thursday night at 7:49 p.m. ET on MTV and Logo, followed by a live Q&A with Gaga and her fans on MTV.com. Tweet your questions for the Mother Monster with the hashtag #MTVGaga.