Lady Gaga, the flamboyant pop star, arrived at the 2011 Grammy Awards encased in a giant egg and then emerged from the incubation to perform her new song, “Born This Way.”
24-year-old Gaga, who was competing for five Grammy Awards, arrived on the red carpet inside the egg carried aloft by attendants dressed in gold.
The singer and performance artist could barely be seen inside the enclosure, apart from the occasional wave of a black-gloved hand.
It was the latest in a series of increasingly bizarre outfits from Lady Gaga, including a headline-grabbing dress made entirely of raw meat that she wore to the MTV Music Video Awards in September.
In a Twitter message sent shortly after her red-carpet arrival, Lady Gaga said: “This is Nicola, Haus of Gaga: Gaga is in incubation. Tonight’s performance is in collaboration with Hussein Chalayan and House of Mugler. X”
Lady Gaga was expected to perform her new single “Born This Way” live on the Grammy stage later on Sunday.
She picked up one Grammy during a ceremony preceding the main broadcast on Sunday for best short-form video for “Bad Romance” but was not on hand to accept the trophy.