Lady Gaga isn’t the best at keeping secrets. While her collab with Metallica was kept hush hush until a week prior to the show, Gaga promenaded onto the GRAMMYS red carpet with a moth tattooed across her back, creeping out from her tiny, cleavage-bearing leather crop top. It was her way of letting the world know that 1) she was going to perform “Moth Into Flame” that night, and 2) that her devilish “Born This Way” persona was teetering on the verge of coming back.
She delivered on both fronts. And while Metallica singer James Hetfield’s microphone flubbed on the first verse, the pair made the crowd rage harder than ever with good ol’-fashioned pyrotechnics and stage dives.
If you’ve been paying attention to Lady Gaga’s Instagram — and you should — you know that Gaga loves her some metal. From Anthrax to Iron Maiden, black boxy-cut ’80s band tees are a staple of the pop star’s “casual” wardrobe, so no, it’s really not a surprise that Gaga had a duet with Metallica at the GRAMMYs. Her performance with the metal icons just marks another addition to her roster of award show collabs, including Tony Bennett and Elton John.
While Gaga announced her Joanne tour last week (she’ll be at Fenway Park on September 1), rumors swirl that Metallica will announce their own tour very shortly.