Lady Gaga took the stage at 11:38 PM for 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve' special last night (Dec. 31) while encased in a black, sequined cocoon that looked a bit like an octopus. The big question of the night for little monsters was not "What is your New Year's resolution?" but "What will Gaga wear?" The costume restricted her movement at first, and all we could see were the Mother Monster's eyes as she sang. It was as though her attire mimicked the big ball that was about to drop in 20 minutes.

Gaga started out performing 'Heavy Metal Lover,' which was a bit of a shock, since that's a deep album cut from 'Born This Way' and not her current single. She stripped off some of her black sequined cover up and there was some sort of cage around her head as she launched into 'Marry the Night,' which is a love song to her hometown of NYC and the most appropriate song she could have performed for this occasion.

Two of her dancers eventually offered an assist and removed the cage around her head. Then, Gaga danced and sang to tape while wearing a glittery, sparkly, bejeweled black catsuit and mask. She looked like a comic book super heroine whose sole duty was to guard Gotham.

After performing the whole of 'Marry the Night,' she launched into a truncated version of 'Born This Way,' which ended with her and her fellow dancers putting their paws up. It was a banner year for Gaga and there was no better way to end it then by performing in Times Square in her native city.

Gaga joined Mayor Michael Bloomberg to push the button to let the ball drop looking like a human disco ball in a silver dress complete with a face mask. She shared a big ol' smooch with the Mayor, too!

When Ryan Seacrest interviewed the emotional singer after midnight and after the confetti fell only minutes after midnight, she was crying, and she could barely answer Seacrest's questions. She could only compose herself enough to say that she wearing Versace! Oh how very Gaga of her. It was sweet to see her so overcome with emotion.

Watch Lady Gaga Perform on 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve'