What does Lady Gaga have planned for Sunday’s VMAs? We can only imagine. Newsweek’s Ramin Setoodeh interviewed the unpredictable hotshot and got some clues:
Have you figured out what you’re going to perform?
I’m going to be performing one of the most recent singles off my album. But it’s going to be a different and more dramatic interpretation. And it is most certainly rooted in New York-style performance art.
What does that mean?
It’s less of me singing the song, and more of an art installation. A performance-art piece. It’s very well-designed and thought out, and we’ve been planning it for months and months. It is for me a very meaningful performance, [for] where I am in my career, as well as the experiences I’ve had, as well as the co-headlining tour I’m going on in the fall.
Do you think it will be one of those defining moments people will remember at the VMAs?
I know it will. I sort of have this philosophy about things: there’s never a reason to do something unless it’s going to be memorable, unless it’s going to change things, unless it’s going to inspire a movement. With the song and with the performance, I hope to say something very grave about fame and the price of it.