2023 Oscars: Lady Gaga removes gown and makeup in emotional Oscar performance

ByLindsey Bahr, AP Film Writer AP logo
Monday, March 13, 2023
Lady Gaga removes gown, makeup for Oscar performance
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Lady Gaga made a costume change for her emotional Oscar performance by swapping her Donatella Versace gown for a black graphic tee and ripped jeans.

LOS ANGELES -- Lady Gaga stunned audiences at Sunday night's Oscars with a costume change, in which she shed her Donatella Versace runway gown for a black graphic tee, ripped jeans and some Chucks.

The dramatic reveal followed a back-and-forth earlier Sunday as to whether the pop superstar would even perform, after producers said her schedule wouldn't allow it just days ago.

Gaga took to the stage in the second hour of the 95th Oscars to perform "Hold My Hand," her Oscar-nominated original song from "Top Gun: Maverick."

The performance was the third of the night, in which all nominated original songs were showcased during the Oscars telecast. "Naatu Naatu" from "RRR" took the statue for best original song at the end of the Oscar's second hour.

Producers originally said Gaga's schedule on the "Joker" sequel would keep her from performing. The AP and Variety reported earlier Sunday that there was an apparent change that would allow for her addition to the show.

This was Gaga's fourth Oscar nomination. Gaga won her first Oscar for best original song in 2019 for "Shallow" from "A Star is Born."

She was previously nominated for Best Actress in 2019 for "A Star is Born," and best original song in 2016 for "Til it Happens to You" from the documentary "The Hunting Ground."