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  • Singer-songwriter famous for meat dress and other outlandish outfits tries tradition on for size as US celebrates annual holiday She's styled herself as a human motorbike , Kermit the Frog and, most famously, a hunk of meat . This Thanksgiving, Lady Gaga appeared to be aiming for her most audacious image makeover yet -- into a national treasure. On Thursday evening, as America collectively undid its belt buckle to help digest the turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie, those who tuned in to watch the ABC network might have wondered if they had eaten so much they were hallucinating. For there, instead of the cartoons and half-forgotten films that make up the usual holiday TV fare, was Lady Gaga, directing, producing and, of course, starring in a 90-minute special entitled -- with the characteristic humility which has come to define so much of her output -- A Very Gaga Thanksgiving. The singer-songwriter once known as Stefani Germanotta -- who has sold an estimated 23m records in three years, become a gay rights advocate and a champion of bullied teenagers -- made a bid for more mature mainstream acceptance, albeit still on her very distinctive terms. The show opened with Lady Gaga, 25, doing what many young singers searching for respectability have done: performing a duet with Tony Bennett. The two chose The Lady is a Tramp, a song that ensured -- as if there were ever any doubt -- that the focus remained on the female half of their duo. "She might become America's Picasso," Bennett opined to the camera afterwards, keeping a careful eye on his slice of bread and on which side the butter has been spread. She is unlikely to be Picasso -- a point even Lady Gaga conceded -- but she could well turn out to be something far more interesting than one might have expected of a woman whose debut album was primarily influenced by 90s Swedish dance band Ace of Bass. Just as the formula to Lady Gaga's musical success has been "dance music with just enough of a twist", her Thanksgiving special was -- aside from a sycophantic interview conducted by news anchor Katie Couric -- in the decidedly traditional vein, but Gaga-fied. She cooked the mind-bogglingly American meal of "fried turkey and waffles", as if cholesterol had never happened, while dressed in couture. She made Thanksgiving-themed arts and crafts with children from her alma mater, Sacred Heart -- while lecturing them about Jackson Pollock. She sang White Christmas -- but then announced that she had always thought the classic song was too short and shoehorned in her own extra verse. It was all inoffensive, silly and knowing, and laid down the groundwork for what looks likely to be the singer's next career: as America's in-house eccentric, fearless enough to satirise the country's traditions but canny enough to know that while you can deface as many Irving Berlin songs as you like, the turkey is non-negotiable. Lady Gaga Tony Bennett Thanksgiving US television Television ABC US television industry Hadley Freeman guardian.co.uk 2011 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds
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  • A restless Lady Gaga says she's got something special cooking for her performance at iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas this weekend. "I'm really needing a fix from a performing standpoint, cause I haven't been on stage for a few months," the hitmaker told Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS-FM show Friday. "I miss the fans, so so much!" The Edge Of Glory singer said she "really can't wait to perform." Hear the audio on RadarOnline.com Gaga, 25, who will wear a custom costume from Versace, described the stage she designed for her set as "very exciting." Gaga said she's slated for a 45-minute set, but might go longer since she's the last act of the night. The concert, which is being touted by organizers as the biggest live event in music history, emanates from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Friday and Saturday from 7 pm -12 am PT. Other artists slated to perform at the super-show include Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z, The Black Eyed Peas, Jennifer Lopez, Alicia KeysÃ�� and Sublime With Rome. For more info, check out iheartradio.com. Ã�� AUDIO: Lady Gaga: 'I Need A Performing Fix' Ã�� RELATED STORIES: Gay Soldier Booed During Republican Presidential Debate Lady Gaga: 'I Am Meeting With President Obama' In Wake Of Boy's Suicide Kat Von D Gave Lady Gaga A Tattoo Before She Was Famous
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