Lady Gaga’s took over the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem on Monday night and made a huge splash.
The invitation-only New York show for SiriusXM and Pandora marked the 33-year-old’s homecoming since starting her ongoing Las Vegas “Enigma” residency.
“Whatever it matters to the world, I don’t know, but for me? This is my personal history,” Gaga told the audience, “I was just a girl in an apartment on the Lower East Side with a keyboard, and it feels so good to be here. I’m home, and I’m with you.”
“I used to sit in my apartment, write songs about fame, about boys, write songs about my family, and I made it. And then they tried to take me down. I put my head back down and got back to work, and I then looked up one day and I had a f**king Oscar in my hand,” she added before launching into “Shallow” from “A Star is Born”.
The big concert also coincided with Pride Month, and Gaga, a longtime supporter of LGBTQ causes, had a lot to say on the subject.
“I personally think Pride should exist every day of the year, but I’ll take a f**kin’ week,” she said, according to Just Jared.
Gaga also had an important message for the audience at the Apollo.
“I’ve learned something very important to people now, and I wish to share this with everyone who’s listening, not just in this theater, but around the world. Ask the question: ‘What is your pronoun?’
“Because for a lot of people, it’s really hard, and their pronouns aren’t respected or they’re not asked, and for me I’ve grown and changed over the years in a lot of different ways — I’ve felt misunderstood in different ways. All our hardships are different; I don’t mean to compare; I just mean to say we’re in this together, and I’ve had a million reasons to want to give up, and sometimes if you’re lucky you just need one good reason to stick around.”