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Grammy Awards: Lady Gaga hatches from an egg, gives birth to an underwhelming performance

February 13, 2011 |  5:44 pm

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Plenty will talk about Lady Gaga moving down the red carpet in some sort of alien-like egg contraption. It certainly created anticipation, and Gaga knew how to work a tease. When she popped out of the egg in an all yellow outfit, one could've thought she was performing in an egg yolk outfit. Hey, if Katy Perry can wear a banana, Gaga can sport some yolk. But it wasn't yolk, so unlike the meat dress episode, the vegans can relax this time.

There were plenty of flashy, Madonna-inspired dance moves, and no doubt, Gaga's "Born This Way" quotes multiple songs from her hero. It's catchy enough, and having a song that constantly repeats the phrase "don't be a drag, be a queen," was something kinda revolutionary for the Grammys. It's a song of empowerment, though it doesn't go much deeper than saying "This is a song about empowerment,"  giving Gaga a tentatively positive post-"Fame Monster" first step.

After a break it was Miranda Lambert, performing "The House That Built Me." Lambert didn't win in the pre-show, but it's a beautiful number, and it showcases the less guns-and-booze side of the performer. It's detailed without being nostalgic, and after last year's corronation of Taylor Swift, Lambert shows that Grammy voters aren't immune to some old-fashioned singing.

-- Todd Martens

Photo credit: Los Angeles Times

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