Lady Gaga delivered a spirited performance of her new single, "Born This Way," at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday (Feb. 13), but the pop star made a more memorable appearance on the red carpet that evening, when she showed up in a giant egg.

Gaga arrived at the Staples Center's red carpet in Los Angeles close to 6:30 PM EST encased in an egg-shaped vessel that was being carried by scantily clad servants. Proving that she was indeed in the egg, Gaga peered out behind black sunglasses and waved to the red carpet cameras.

A few hours later, Gaga broke free from the vessel and joined a group of choreographed dancers on the Grammy stage to perform her new hit, which had been released two days earlier (Feb. 11). "Don't be a drag, just be a queen!" commanded Gaga, who was sporting pointed prosthetic shoulders and later pounded away at a towering organ.

Gaga later returned to the stage when her "Fame Monster" beat out efforts by Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, John Mayer and Susan Boyle for the Best Pop Vocal Album award. In the speech, the pop star specifically thanked Whitney Houston, "because when I wrote 'Born this Way,' I imagined she was singing it - because I wasn't secure enough in myself to imagine I was a superstar."

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