Lady Gaga Delivers Emotional ‘Joanne’ Performance on ‘News Zero’
Lady Gaga is currently hard at work promoting her No. 1 album Joanne around the globe. Her most recent stop brought her to Japan, where she delivered an emotional, poignant performance of the release's title track during an appearance on the television show News Zero.
Before launching into the guitar ballad, Gaga thanked the show for displaying a picture of her aunt, saying, "Thank you for showing that beautiful photo of my father's sister."
The "Perfect Illusion" singer has spoken at length about how the death of her aunt -- who passed away at the age of 19 from complications related to lupus -- impacted her life and ultimately inspired the stripped down nature of her latest album.
"I think that the sentiments and stories on the album don’t have any makeup on," Gaga said during a lengthy interview with Zane Lowe for Beats 1 via Billboard. "There’s no filter. This record goes right for the gut. Sometimes you don’t want to listen to a song that makes you go there. But that’s what this record is. This record makes you go there. But it’s also, I have to say, one of the most rewarding musical experiences of my life, making Joanne. I looked back on my father’s sister who I was named after and her pain. It gave my strength to go on."
Gaga also gave fans insight into how the title track came to be, noting "Joanne" was recorded in a single take.
"It was that day that Mark said to me, ‘What do you have to write about?'" she said. "And I had to write about Joanne. I had to. Because it’s the single most important event in my family’s life and it’s the thing that has made me who I am today."
Watch Lady Gaga perform "Joanne" on News Zero in the video above.
Check Out A Compilation of Lady Gaga's Best Live Vocals