What with all of the meat dresses and the pantsless ensembles and the general kookiness, it can be easy to forget that Lady Gaga is actually an amazing singer. And sometimes, when she sets aside all the spectacle and just sits at the piano and sings, the results are spellbinding.
On June 12, Mother Monster performed a stunning cover of John Lennon's "Imagine" during the opening ceremony of the 2015 European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan. Dressed in a simple white dress, no shoes, and minimal makeup, Gaga proceeded to slay the 1971 classic and make it her own. And she did it while playing a piano covered in flowers, because she can't help but bring the drama even when she's keeping it simple.
Tears, actual tears. Before the performance, Gaga tweeted, "What an honor to have a few moments with the world watching. Could you imagine. What would you say?" We say this is exactly why Lady Gaga is in a class of her own.