On Saturday night during her “Enigma” show in Las Vegas, Lady Gaga and her “A Star Is Born” co-star and director Bradley Cooper were once more Ally and Jackson Maine as they performed their hit “Shallow” for first time before a live audience. The crowd went wild as Cooper made his way to the stage for a surprise twosome with his leading lady.
Consider it a rehearsal for the Oscar telecast next month, as “A Star Is Born” competes in seven categories, including picture, actress, actor and, of course, song, which they will perform live at the Dolby Theatre. They may also be winners tonight as the film is up for four possible trophies at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Here’s the blow-by-blow Vegas stage action:
First, Gaga made Cooper put on “in-ears” monitors — something, he reminded those in attendance, that his music legend Jackson never used. Gaga slowly put her arms around his neck before placing them where the ear accessories belong.
He then sat down on a stool near her and claimed, “I can’t hear anything,” and began singing the song alone — “Tell me somethin’, girl. Are you happy in this modern world?” — on stage at the Park Theater at Park MGM. Gaga sat intently on her piano bench, before her turn came. She never took her eyes off of him as Cooper crooned the Oscar-nominated love song that she co-wrote.
She then shifted to a kneeling prayer pose behind her bench while maintaining intense eye contact with Cooper. When he finished, Gaga turned around and begain pounding the ivories and started in on her verse, “Tell me something, boy. Are you tired of trying to fill that void,” which drew shrieks before ending with, “Crash through the surface, where they can’t hurt us. We’re far from the shallow now.” Cooper then began to harmonize with Gag on the “Shallow, shallow” chorus — which was a one-way ticket to goose-pimple-ville.
But everyone went full-on insane when Gaga did her wordless “Ahhhhhhhh” portion of the song, while Cooper did some air guitar behind her. They then cozied up on the bench and blended their voices again on the chorus. Phew, that was intense.
“Shallow” has already received a Golden Globe and a Critics’ Choice Award, and is a favorite to win at the Academy Awards. Let’s hope the spontaneous heat between them doesn’t just stay in Vegas and shows up when they perform during the Oscar telecast on February 24.
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