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Lady Gaga’s Most Naked, Bloody, and Gaga-esque Performances


Kevin Winter

When it comes to the stage, Lady Gaga has done it all. Dance around a larger-than-life sculpture of herself designed by Jeff Koons? Gyrate around a makeshift Oval Office with President R.Kelly? Jump atop a West Village dive bar’s roof with Mark Ronson? Check, check, and check. This Sunday, the artist formerly known as Stefani Germanotta will take on the biggest audience of her career, as she headlines this Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime performance. The singer has been tight-lipped about what to expect come the big game, but if her past performance’s are any indication, one thing is for sure: anything goes. Here, a look back at Gaga’s most insane, over-the-top performances, from the early days at Lollapalooza to the glitter-covered runway at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

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Back in 2007, Gaga took to the Lollapalooza stage in a silver bra and knee-high stockings.
Jason Squires

Lady Gaga performs at Lollapalooza 2007

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Gaga staged her own death–a VMA’s first–while performing “Paparazzi” in 2009.
Christopher Polk

Lady Gaga performs during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards

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Gaga dueted with close friend Elton John for the 2010 Grammy Awards, sharing a piano apparently filled with zombies.
Lester Cohen

Elton John and Lada Gaga perform onstage at the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards

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For a 2011 performance on Good Morning America, the singer flew high above the crowd in Central Park.
Andrew H. Walker

Lady Gaga performs on ABC’s “Good Morning America”

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The 2011 VMA’s gave birth to Gaga’s male alter-ego, Jo Calderone.

Lady Gaga and Brian May perform on stage at the The 28th Annual MTV Video Music Awards

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Crawling out of a egg is one way to make an entrance, per Gaga’s 2011 Grammy Awards performance.
Jeff Kravitz

Lady Gaga performs onstage during The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards

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Back at the VMA’s in 2013, Gaga went full mermaid, complete with a seashell bikini.
Kevin Mazur

Lady Gaga performs during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards

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Gaga got up close and very personal with R.Kelly for a presidential themed performance at the 2013 American Music Awards.
Lester Cohen

R. Kelly and Lady Gaga perform onstage during the 2013 American Music Awards

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Gaga went into the woods for her tribute to The Sound of Music at the 2015 Academy Awards.
Robyn Beck

Lady Gaga performs on stage at the 87th Oscars

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The singer became a walking, talking Jeff Koons statue during her Artpop tour.
Kevin Mazur

Lady Gaga performs onstage during “The ARTPOP Ball” tour

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At last year’s Super Bowl, Gaga sang the National Anthem while clad in a very patriotic Marc Jacobs suit.
Ezra Shaw

Lady Gaga performs during Super Bowl 50

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The singer did her best Bowie impression while honoring the late icon at the 2016 Grammy Awards.
Kevin Winter

Lady Gaga performs onstage during The 58th GRAMMY Awards

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A group of sexual assault survivors joined Gaga for an emotional performance of “Til It Happens to You” at the 2016 Oscars.
MARK RALSTON

Lady Gaga performs on stage at the 88th Oscars

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Promoting her new album Joanne, Gaga embarked on a dive bar tour, including a stop at New York’s The Bitter End.
Dimitrios Kambouris

Lady Gaga on the Bud Light x Lady Gaga Dive Bar Tour

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The singer jumped atop a piano for her 2016 appearance on Saturday Night Live.
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Musical guest Lady Gaga performs on Saturday Night Live

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The singer got emotional–and barefoot–performing at the 2016 American Music Awards.
Kevin Winter

Lady Gaga performs onstage during the 2016 American Music Awards

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Gaga held her own at the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, sharing the runway with top models, including Kendall Jenner.
Taylor Hill

Lady Gaga performs and Kendall Jenner walks the runway during the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show