2019 Grammys: Lady Gaga unleases her fierce pop diva for ‘Shallow’ performance

Lady Gaga performs a visceral rendition of “Shallow” at Sunday’s Grammy Awards.
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Mother Monster is back.

Lady Gaga delivered another emotional rendition of “Shallow,” from the Oscar-nominated film “A Star Is Born,” at the Grammy Awards on Sunday.

The duet, which she performs in the film with director and costar Bradley Cooper, was all Gaga inside the Staples Center. The singer returned to her fierce pop roots in front of a backing band that included fellow songwriters Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt.

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Unlike her film alter ego, Gaga did not shy away from the camera. Instead she embraced the extreme close-ups and dance elements of the song, opting for glitz on the smoke-filled stage rather than the usaual stripped-down performance of the single.

Gaga, who helped host Alicia Keys open the show with Michelle Obama, was up for five Grammys on Sunday, four of which were for “Shallow.” She scooped up song written for visual media and pop solo performance earlier that night. Even though he skipped the Grammys to attend the BAFTA Awards in London, Cooper won his first Grammy Award during the Grammy Premiere Ceremony.

He’s slated to join Gaga to perform the Oscar-nominated song at the Academy Awards on Feb. 24. The musical film is up for eight Oscars.

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