Lady Gaga may be the Mother Monster, but she still bows down to the Queen.
Kicking off tonight's MTV Video Music Awards, Gaga brought her drag king alter-ego Jo Calderone to the show for rock-focused rendition of new single "You and I." But Calderone wasn't the only surprise guest to the party: Queen guitarist Brian May, who riffs on the song's studio version, crashed the performance mid-way for some super-sized shredding. Watch below.
May's aid wasn't the only thing making the performance stand out, however. A legion of greaser dude back-up dancers and Gaga's Oscar-winning monologue (about herself, from boy toy Calderone's perspective) makes the "You and I" performance one to top tonight. Imitating Gaga, Calderone tells the crowd of their private talks: "I'm not real, I'm theater -- and you and I, this is just rehearsal."
Gender-bending aside, Gaga's passionate piano-banging and choreography felt like a return to dramatic roots moment for the singer.
What did you think of Gaga's opening VMA performance? Does it top her blood-dripping rendition of "Paparazzi" in 2009? Tell us in the comments below!