Thought her David Bowie tribute was OTT? We remember her best stripped-down performances celebrating the likes of Julie Andrews, Frank Sinatra and John Lennon
In 2016, Lady Gaga has won a Golden Globe, performed at Super Bowl 50, been nominated for an Oscar and almost broke the internet with a David Bowie tribute at the Grammys - and it's only February.
Lady Gaga's Bowie tribute was met with both praise and critique - while many lauded her for being the only contemporary artist who could live up to expectations, she didn't quite meet them all. Bowie's son, Duncan Jones, left a rather cryptic tweet on his Twitter account, which implied that the movie director thought the performance was over the top. While it's best if we just agreed to disagree, we couldn't help but look back on her best tributes and covers to other artists and thought, "Yup, we prefer her covers stripped down".
1. Julie Andrews
The woman under the meat dress cleaned up well for her performance of hits from The Sound of Music, and even received a standing ovation at the 2015 Oscars. Even Julie Andrews enjoyed it - who better to receive validation from than the original singer?
2. Frank Sinatra
In honour of what would have been Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday, Lady Gaga performed a rendition of New York, New York at the Frank Sinatra 100 All-Star Grammy concert last December. She seemed to be a natural for it, and why wouldn't she be - the native New Yorker poured her heart into belting out the lyrics, and we sensed the deep genuinity that emanated from her performance.
3. John Lennon
It takes a lot of balls to do justice to John Lennon, but we're certain Lady Gaga has fistfuls of it. At the opening of the 2015 Baku European Games last June, the singer performed a rendition of Imagine with just her voice and a garden-encrusted piano to a stadium of anxious sports fans. Starting the performance delicately, she showed off her powerful vocals in the second verse and chorus, ending it in a soaring excellence that matched the fireworks that were given off at the same time.