“SORRY, JOANNE. THERE’S A NEW GIRL IN TOWN.”
“How many of you are a member of the LGBTQ community?,” Gaga asked. “I’m so happy that we’re all here together tonight… Since the beginning of my career I saw in you a spirit of equality that inspired me so much I had to take it everywhere. Cause the truth is everybody’s got to love each other.” She began singing lyrics to Joanne cut “Come To Mama.” “For those of you who are here tonight who are not supportive of the equality movement, I just got one thing to tell you… come to mama.”
One of the brightest glistening gems of the night was Gaga’s stunning ballad rendition of “Edge Of Glory,” but the real highlight was her poetic honesty before singing the album title track.
“I did not know my father’s sister,” she admitted. “Only through many nights at the dinner table with him and my family, my grandparents, when we sat silently worshipping this portrait on the wall of an angel. An angel in our family. What I realized writing Joanne, trying to discover more about myself, discovering my pain, trying to remember things I feel like I’ve forgotten… what I realized is that there’s an inter-generational grief that’s passed on.”
This gleaming revelation didn’t offer the usual pizazz that we’ve come to expect from Mother Monster, but it was consistent with a message Gaga has shared since day one: find freedom in the music.