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AMAs 2017: Lady Gaga Pays Tribute to Late Designer Azzedine Alaïa

Her Washington, D.C., performance will be streamed into the AMAs.


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Only Lady Gaga could be the best dressed at a red carpet event without actually walking the red carpet. On Sunday night, before her Washington, D.C., concert is streamed into the American Music Awards, Gaga walked her own red carpet and paid tribute to the late Azzedine Alaïa, who passed away on Saturday.

The pop star shared several photos and videos of her set up backstage at her Joanne World Tour show. “When the #AMAs brings the red carpet to you! #AMAsRedCarpet #AMAsxGAGA wearing the one and only #Alaïa,” she captioned a Boomerang of her striking a fierce AF pose and flipping her hair on the small stretch of carpet. Gaga’s ultra-glamorous look included not one but two form-fitting Alaïa minidresses: one in black-and-white plaid and another black V-neck number. She completed the look with “all copper e’rythang” hair and makeup, including a head full of strawberry blond curls and glittery copper eyeshadow and lip gloss.

Lady Gaga also paid tribute to the Tunisian-born designer in a series of black-and-white pictures of the two of them that she posted on Instagram on Saturday. “I’ll mourn forever the loss of my friend. A true genius in not only fashion but in his heart. He was a king and had the highest standards of design and work ethic. He was so giving, so loving, his heart so full and pure. I️’d watch in awe as he handmade each and every piece, his fingers touching the fabric like poetry,” she wrote. “Then he would want to feed us all, and cook with his own hands and talk for hours at the table while his dogs would run around joyfully smelling the delicious food he made us. To say he was special would be an understatement. To say he was integral, important and influential to fashion is simply not enough. There was no one who did what he did. No one knew a woman’s body like him. He should be celebrated as one of the greatest fashion designers the world has ever known. I️ love you, Azzedine. I️’m devastated I️ didn’t get to say goodbye. I️ love you.”

Gaga’s performance of “The Cure” will air during the awards show.

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Grace Jones with Kenzo and Azzedine Alaïa at a charity event for the fight against AIDS, May 1986. Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images.

Naomi Campbell with Azzedine Alaïa and Gilles Bensimon at the departure of Jean-Paul Gaultier show in Paris, France, March 1993. Photo by Foc Kan/WireImage.

Naomi Campbell on the runway at Azzedine Alaïa’s Fall 1991 presentation, June 1991. Photo by Getty Images.

Naomi Campbell on the runway at Azzedine Alaïa’s Fall 1991 presentation, June 1991. Photo by Getty Images.

Joan Smalls at the premiere of Youth at the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 2015. Photo by Getty Images.

Kendall Jenner at the premiere of Youth at the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 2015. Photo by Antonia de Moraes Barros/FilmMagic.

Uma Thurman at the premiere of the Nymphomaniac: Volume II Director’s Cut at the 71st Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, September 2014. Photo by Getty Images.

Rihanna at the launch of the Clara Lionel Foundation in Paris, France, June 2014. Photo by Foc Kan/WireImage.

Lady Gaga at the 87th annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 2015. Photo by Getty Images.

In a second Alaïa look of the night, Lady Gaga attends the 87th annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 2015. Photo by Getty Images.

Rihanna at the 55th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, February 2013. Photo by Getty Images.

Rosamund Pike at the IWC Gala dinner in Geneva, Switzerland, January 2016. Photo by Getty Images.

NEW YORK – MAY 20: Natalia Vodianova poses during a gala to honor Azzedine Alaia at the Guggenheim Museum May 20, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)

Stephanie Seymour and Azzedine Alaïa at a Guggenheim Museum gala honoring the designer in New York, New York, May 2004. Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images.

Kate Upton at the 30th annual Night of the Stars by Fashion Group International in New York, New York, October 2013. Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images.

Naomi Campbell at the Azzedine Alaïa retrospective at the Palais Galliera in Paris, France, September 2013. Photo by Marc Piasecki/WireImage.

Alicia Keys at the 55th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, February 2013. Photo by Getty Images.

Charlize Theron at the 17th annual Critics’ Choice Awards in Los Angeles, California, January 2012. Photo by Getty Images.

Laetitia Casta at the Vogue Spain December issue launch in Madrid, Spain, November 2012. Photo by Juan Naharro Gimenez/WireImage.

Naomi Campbell at The Face series premiere in New York, New York, February 2013. Photo by Getty Images.

Nicole Kidman at the OMEGA House launch in London, England, July 2012. Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage.

Miranda Kerr at a press conference in Seoul, South Korea, June 2011. Photo by Getty Images.

Naomi Campbell at the de Grisogono party at the Cannes Film Festival in Antibes, France, May 2011. Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage.

Kim Kardashian at The Spin Crowd finale party in New York, New York, October 2010.

Zoe Saldana at the U.K. premiere of Star Trek in London, England, April 2009. Photo by Getty Images.

Mary-Kate Olsen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala in New York, New York, May 2007. Photo by Getty Images.

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