Having seen the pictures released of Lady Gaga's performance of Marry The Night at the 2011 European Music Awards yesterday, and it being one of my favourite songs from Born This Way, I was itching all night to see the actual performance. Well, today I got my chance as a video of it made it's way on toYoutube!
Sitting astride a gigantic half moon, that looked as if it had just crash landed straight into the Belfast stage, a gigantic hat wearing Gaga started the performance pretty much static, and left her fantastic voice to impress without distraction .
It wasn't until the second verse that Gaga began to move and the second chorus until we got our first glimpse of her face when she removed her hat. Just when I thought the whole performance was going to be taking place with just Gaga atop of the moon-silly me- the end of the song found Gaga descending to the floor to join her dancers for a spot of distinctly Gaga, slightly dated, choreography.
As mentioned the vocals were great and though they matched the notes hit in the recorded version of Marry The Night, Lady Gaga's voice sounded slightly different in tone. Whether it was a concious decision or not I don't know, but it sounded as though the placement of her voice had been altered for this performance with it being less heavy, less textured and less throaty. It's not a criticism of any sorts but merely an observation. In the long run singing like this would probably be healthier for her voice, though.
Overall the performance was, dare I say this, a little flat and Lady Gaga's stage presence felt uncharacteristically lacking. It was still a good performance and the vocals were excellent, but something just didn't click with me about this live rendition of Marry The Night.
Watch the Performance of Lady Gaga singing Marry The Night at the 2011 EMA below and be sure to make your feelings known in the comments section.