Lady Gaga’s male alter ego kicks off VMAs

The singer spent the entire, star-studded MTV awards show appearing as "Jo Calderone"

Topics: Morning Clip, Lady Gaga, MTV,

Lady Gaga's male alter ego kicks off VMAsLady Gaga poses backstage after winning best video with a message and best female video awards at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday Aug. 28, 2011, in Los Angeles.(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)(Credit: AP)

Nobody has ever accused Lady Gaga of being boring. (This is, after all, the same performer who showed up to the Grammys earlier this year ensconced in a giant, translucent egg.) That being said, we’re still not entirely sure what to make of Gaga’s appearance at MTV’s Video Music Awards last night. The pop star opened the show with a monologue and a rendition of her new single. What was remarkable about the performance was that she did it under the guise of her male alter ego, Jo Calderone.  

And we weren’t certain which was stranger — the dangling umlaut in the title of the song Gaga performed (“Yoü and I”) or that she continued to appear as the Calderone character for the rest of the evening

Peter Finocchiaro is a senior editor at Salon. Follow him on Twitter @PLFino.

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