Lady Gaga opened the 2011 VMAs dressed as a smoking man named Jo Calderon.
Nobody guessed that would be her outfit. A meat dress it was not, but it was still surprising.
Lady Gaga opened the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards as her alter ego Jo Calderone. Dressed in black Brooks Brothers pants, white t-shirt, black jacket and smoking a cigarette, the singer did a spoken word routine for several minutes before even singing a note, talking mostly about Lady Gaga.
The audience appeared that it didn’t know what to make of the Jo Calderone routine: Britney Spears watched with mouth agape, Katie Holmes stared with amused confusion, and Justin Bieber, wearing glasses, had a blank expression on his face as Gaga/Calderon carried on.
Gaga eventually took to the piano and segued into a dance routine for “You and I.”
She opened what appeared to be a beer, took a swig and shook it on the crowd. She then introduced Queen guitarist Brian May for a guitar solo, which Dave Grohl stood up and cheered for.
With facial hair drawn on her face, she said of Gaga, “She gets out of bed, puts on heels, she comes out of the bathroom dripping wet, she still has the heels on. And what’s with the hair?”
After the opening verse, she and her backup dancers performed dressed in black pants and dirty white t-shirts with rolled up sleeves. Then Gaga introduced Brian Mack on guitar, which energized the crowd.
Lady Gaga can actually play piano, and then she grabbed a bear, took a swig and threw it out into the crowd.
After the performance, comedian Kevin Hart took the stage and called Gaga’s routine “a little weird.”
Jo Calderone, supposedly a mechanic from Sicily, first appeared on the September 2010 cover of Japanese Men’s Vogue.