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Lady Gaga performs powerful piano version of “Perfect Illusion” on Japanese TV — watch

on November 02, 2016, 2:01pm

As Lady Gaga, Stefani Germanotta has the opportunity to play many different characters. She is the Fame Monster, the art project, the jazz buff, the meat dress, the country troubadour — some work to her advantage, while others find her struggling to balance acting and her true musical self.

The instances in which she lets the emotional connection, and only the emotional connection, guide her are unsurprisingly the most affective amongst fans and casual listeners; take for example her show-stopping National Anthem performance at the Super Bowl or her Sound of Music tribute at the Oscars. Germanotta recently took this same approach when doing “Perfect Illusion” on Japanese show Sukkiri. Cozied up to her trusty piano, she allowed for the sentiment behind the Joanne single — the pain, confusion, heartache — shine through and shape the entire performance, and it was a powerful thing to behold.

Check it out for yourself up above. How about them apples, Chainsmokers? 

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