Let's face it; we can always count on Lady Gaga to bring the weird to an awards show. But her American Music Awards (AMAs) performance with R. Kelly wasn't just weird. It was downright awkward. Maybe even a little creepy?
What other word can you think of to describe a grown woman singing the words "do what you want to my body" while photos of her as a little girl loom large on a screen behind her? While she's singing with a guy who has been accused more than once of inappropriate sexual behavior with minors?
The whole performance seemed to have some kind of JFK/Marilyn Monroe vibe to it with R. Kelly playing the "president," and Gaga sporting a blond bob. The two consenting adults ground their bodies against each other, and got a little frisky on the presidential desk as they sang their new hit Do What U Want With My Body. No worse than Miley and Robin Thicke, that's for sure.
But I'll take a this-side-of-legal former Disney star and a 36-year-old man getting crazy onstage over the photos of a young Stefani Germanotta on a giant screen while the grown up Gaga sings sexually suggestive lyrics.
By itself, that's more than a shade creepy. You get the sense that she's trying to prove that she's come a long way -- the performance ended with the screens full of headlines claiming she was done in the music business.
But it only gets worse when you consider R. Kelly's reputation. This is a man who once settled a lawsuit with a woman who accused him of having sex with her when he was 24 and she was just 15, a man who married a 15-year-old at 27 (the marriage was later annulled). The singer also had that unfortunate incident five years ago when he was charged with videotaping himself having sex with an underage girl. He was found not guilty in that matter, but at the very least you'd think he would want to stay away from anything that puts him, sex, and young girl in the same sentence. Just for the sake of his image!
At best, the whole AMAs skit was poorly thought out.
At worst? It may be a sign that Gaga has finally found a line she just shouldn't have crossed.
What was your reaction to the performance? How did you respond to the AMAs as a whole this year?
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