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Recent Fugs and Fabs: Lady Gaga


You guys, I am weirdly bummed out that Lady Gaga and her former betrothed Taylor Kinney are “taking a break.” He is such a classic-looking hunk; I feel like he gave her a veneer of normalcy and she gave him a dash of intrigue. I hope those two crazy kids can pull it together! While we wait to find out the answer to that story, let’s see how she’s been dressing her feelings lately. Spoiler: She’s walking around holding a lot of flowers.

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Met Gala Well Played-ish: Lady Gaga and Kate Hudson in Versace


Here’s your new buddy comedy. (Actually, I would 100% see that movie.)

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Fugs and Fabs: The Daily Front Row Fashion Los Angeles Awards


The “Fashion Los Angeles” awards seems mostly to be about stylists, because no matter how hard people try, they can’t seem to make runway fashion a thing here.

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Oscars Fug or Fab: Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell


I am not hugely a fan of this, to be totally honest — although I appreciated the passion with which she performed in it — but at least it wasn’t (a) boring or (b) composed of foodstuffs.

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Grammys Fugs and Fabs: Lady Gaga


Am I alone in wishing that she had just sung ONE song for her David Bowie tribute? I love when Gaga just shows off her piano and vocal skills, and I worry the Bowie tribute got a little….manic? But isn’t it nice to know she’s never EVER going to half-ass anything? And goodness knows, her heart was in it.

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Amusingly Played: Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber in Saint Laurent


As the world jetted off to New York for its runway shows, Saint Laurent decided to throw one in Los Angeles, aka the fashion capital of Southern California. The clothes apparently had a glam-rock sensibility, which you can guess just by looking at… well, at one of these two.

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Fug or Fab: Lady Gaga at Super Bowl L


This is EXACTLY how I wanted Hillary Clinton to come out in New Hampshire. Guess she’s been scooped.

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I know a lot of people loved this performance, but it left me cold. I piss and moan practically every year about the National Anthem, though, including all the same boring objections to the way people modify the tune — I WILL NEVER BE SATISFIED — so I won’t repeat the regular gripes here. Just close your eyes and imagine the words you have been forced to read so many times before. (I name-checked the Whitney Houston version the other day before realizing I haven’t actually listened to it in like 15 years, so I have NO IDEA anymore what she did in it; I think my subconscious just DECIDED it’s good because she and her voice came to such a sad end.)

Anyhoo: I think Gaga generally has a great voice, but she sounded strained for parts of it, and not as powerful as I’ve heard her elsewhere. She’s sounded better on Saturday Night Live. She also dragged out the beginning a bit too much for me. (You can’t spell ‘melodrama’ without ME.) Interestingly, there is a gambling subplot: Vegas put the over/under at 2 minutes and 20 seconds, and some bookies timed it at 2:29, and some timed it at 2:09. So your payout depends ENTIRELY on where you happened to bet. I am not sure if anyone bet on her looking like a cross between Dolly Parton and Tootsie (the latter reference courtesy of Twitter; I cannot take credit), but if you did, congrats. You probably got rich.

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And yes, that’s a bedazzled microphone AND ear piece, to go with her patriotic nails and jacket and eyeshadow. I know this is a LOT of red, but riddle me this: Does the lipstick seem like a cop-out? I mean, if you’re going all in, don’t leave one toe poking above the water line.

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