Lady Gaga rang in the New Year with a major announcement for her little monsters: "Born This Way," the highly anticipated follow-up album to her breakthrough debut, "The Fame," will be released on May 23, 2011. The set's title track and first single will premiere on Feb. 13.
Gaga announced the release dates on Twitter by posting a photo of "Born This Way's" cheeky artwork with the caption, "THE SONG 2 13 11 THE RECORD 5 23 11." The provocative image features a pantless (bottomless, really) Gaga facing away from the camera in a suggestive pose, and wearing a jacket with the words "born this way" scrawled on the back. The tattoo on her left thigh, a unicorn with the words "born this way" coiled around its horn, is also visible.
"This has to be the happiest + most exciting night of my life," Gaga wrote just a few hours before the clock struck midnight in her native New York and the announcement was made. "You've created this moment. You imagined me. You are, you wrote #bornthisway."
For close calendar-watchers out there, Feb. 13 also happens to be the date of the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, for which Gaga is nominated in six categories, including album of the year for "The Fame Monster." Could Gaga be premiering "Born This Way" live on the music industry's biggest night? Stay tuned.