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New York City native Lady Gaga had a memorable homecoming this weekend when she returned to the SNL stage to perform two tracks from her fifth studio album, Joanne. The disc, just released Friday, features the lead single “Perfect Illusion,” as well as the high-energy pop-rock-country crossover anthem “A-Yo,” which she performed Saturday night.
Gaga may have ditched some of her trademark theatrics, but that doesn’t mean Mother Monster was phoning in her performance during the Tom Hanks-hosted episode. Backed by a full band, including producer Mark Ronson and two dancers, Gaga brought her Dive Bar Tour to life, adding in a touch of Vegas showmanship and one very large pink guitar.
Looking like a race horse anxiously waiting for the starting gun to go off, Gaga burst onto the stage and never stopped moving throughout the performance, with her vocals sounding stronger than ever.
Gaga slowed things down for her second performance, which featured another Joanne collaborator with singer-songwriter Hillary Lindsey, who co-wrote “Million Reasons.”
Starting off at the piano, Gaga brought Broadway to SNL, with the emotional ballad inducing chills. Click here to watch both performances.
In addition to Ronson and Lindsey, Gaga received on-set support from her upcoming A Star Is Born co-star Bradley Cooper, who hit the 8H studios to wish the singer good luck.
During Saturday’s broadcast of SNL, the commercial breaks featured the debut of Gaga’s new Apple Music ad, which showed the singer wearing her Joanne-inspired pink fedora and energetically shredding through “A-Yo.”