Lady Gaga Accepts Contemporary Icon Award in Bra and Panties

What does one wear when being honored at the Songwriters Hall of Fame 46th Annual Induction and Awards gala?

If you’re Lady Gaga, that means red robe, bra, panties, fishnet tights and platform leather buckle boots like a true rock star, of course. In other words, Gaga slayed the red carpet once again.

Gaga was honored with the first-ever Contemporary Icon Award at last night’s gala in New York, which is an award honoring someone “who has attained an iconic status in pop culture.”

And obviously, that person is Queen Gaga. Just one look back at her greatest performances, for example, not to mention her prowess as being an original songwriter, and it’s evident that Gaga’s influence permeates not only our pop culture, but the soul.

Songwriters Hall of Fame President Linda Moran explained,

It could be said that this honor was created with Lady Gaga in mind. She has enjoyed monumental popularity on the charts, on radio, TV and the Internet, not to mention the continuous press coverage she has generated. She is a consistent hit maker who has surprised everyone by proving to be as adept with the great standards as she is with her own songs. We at SHOF are particularly proud that Lady Gaga performed at one of our songwriter showcases when she was still known as Stefani Germanotta.

Before the event, Gaga shared on Instagram, “Being a songwriter is first and foremost how I identify in life. Tonight’s Award means a lot to me.”

Gaga’s singing soulmate Tony Bennett introduced her, and in her acceptance speech she thanked those who, early on in her career, cared that she wrote her own music.

Gaga also performed an amazing cover of 4 Non Blondes’ 1992 hit “What’s Up” at the gala. She expressed, “I can personally say it was my dream to someday be like Linda Perry. Four Non Blondes was the first album my father ever gave me. He said ‘this is what the kids at the office are into,’ and I thought my dad was cool … The song that I just sang changed my life. Now, I say ‘isn’t that what a fucking hit song is about?’”

After her sexy statement-making red carpet ensemble, Gaga changed into to a zebra-striped suit. She later showed off her chic look, and shared on Instagram a very thankful and sweet note:

The Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame Contemporary Icon Award. This has to be my favorite award I’ve ever gotten. I still remember dragging my keyboard up the stair of my walk up to play songwriter showcases and apply to be in songwriting forums where I could play my music for other artists and we’d critique each other. I was 15 then. I’m 29 now. In my head this is how I planned it, following all the roads I thought were right. But i’m not sure I thought about what I’d do if I never made it. Cuz I’d forever be trying.

Thank you so much for the Songwriters Hall Of Fame Contemporary Icon Award. What a trip. Feels like a lifetime.

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Amongst the attendees at the event were Gaga, Bennett, Stephen Colbert, Van Morrison, Carly Rae Jepsen, Michael Bublé, Linda Perry, and many more.

New inductees into the SHOF included Bobby BraddockWillie Dixon, Robert Hunter & Jerry Garcia, Toby Keith, Cyndi Lauper and Perry. New honorees (including Gaga) went to Van Morrison, Nate Ruess and John LoFrumento.

Check out the gallery to see more arrivals!

Gaga also shared several other pics on social media, showing off her sick getups and appreciative words to the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

“Linda’s cover of Bad Romance had me balling from my seat. She performed for me right before Tony gave me the award. What a night. Bad Romance I’ll never forget writing this song with @redone. Hearing it last night and being honored for my songwriting was a trip from outer space.”

stoked!

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