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GaGa's Creative Director Elaborates On The Jo Calderone Decision

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Lady GaGa Jo Calderone Laurieann Gibson 2011 MTV VMA

Just like real life, we all knew of bad boy Jo Calderone way before we actually got to know him.

He starred in the You and I video, and he starred on the single's cover art.

But when he opened the VMAs with monologue (the show didn't have a host, someone needed to do it) and performance, we definitely got to know his personality! And oooh was it an exciting one!

But Jo didn't just stop there, he was present throughout the rest of the show.

While everyone else was finally embracing theatrical costume and various wardrobe changes, Lady GaGa was once again standing out among her talented peers.

She stuck to one costume and stayed true to its character, just like a true performance artist.

And that's exactly what she was going for. Creative director, Laurieann Gibson, elaborates:

The idea of her being a performance artist — and it's starting the performance on the red carpet and the idea that the performance never ends for her — is the first time I've experienced this with an artist. I love it. That's something that is specific to her, and the whole night was the performance, and it was important that Jo was a part of the whole night.

I hope that the Monsters and the music industry [connect to] the idea that as long as you execute to the highest level of your ability, that you make a statement, that you push your creative ability to the max, and it doesn't mean one thing or another.

It could mean standing under one spotlight, it could mean tons of camels and belly-dancing girls. I don't know one is not necessarily better than the other. But it is about who's the artist; it belongs to the artist, so in that one moment you have to take it and give all you can. And so I hope people take the fearlessness away [and] the creative notion that we constantly push boundaries, that we're not followers.

Love it or hate it, you have to admit — GaGa is always thinking of something different for her audience to enjoy, and that is definitely something to be cherished in today's entertainment industry.

We loved her performance, and we can't wait to see what else she comes up with in the future! You go, GaGa, you go!

[Image via FayesVision/WENN.]

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87 comments to “GaGa's Creative Director Elaborates On The Jo Calderone Decision”



  1. 1

    Lady GaGa is a twat. Jo Calderone made me want to puke.



  2. 2

    blahblahblahblah AND the fact that Laurieann Gibson has never experienced this is more a reflection on Laurieann than Gaga… Shitty awkward performance art is still shitty.



  3. 3

    This has already been done by Andy Kauffman YEARS ago… I would feel embarrased to copy someone else's ideas en claim to be original



  4. 4

    I'll say it again. LAME!



  5. 5

    Whatever, she sucks so hard. Cheesy-ass shit.



  6. 6

    and her singing and choreography was spot on - to bad she feels the need to distract from her actual performance

  7. d.f. says – reply to this


    7

    die gaga. or just go away!!!!!!!!



  8. 8

    Performance art? My ass. It was childish and annoying. Period. She badly needs to pull her head in and focus on her career as a musician. The other stuff is getting very old and it's turning away her fans. Shock tactics aren't going to keep her relevant. Fans are fickle. Adele is already far more respected than Gaga and will have a much longer, steadier career. All she does is stand there and sing songs with substance really well.



  9. 9

    YAWN. Too bad that Annie Lennox already did this shit back in 1984, at the Grammys. Nothing original or new to see her. Goes to show that Gaga is only good at RECYCLING others' ideas. Or her team just doesn't care about making an ass out of her, since she's probably too young to remember all of the originals.



  10. 10

    I want to know how she got away without the media making a big deal out of it when she slipped and fell on the beer that she sprayed all around her piano. I knew she would slip in it when she started shaking up the bottle and letting it go. And I'm sorry but no macho man I know would ever waste beer like that. ;-)

    I love Ga-Ga but this one just didn't hit the mark for me. I do, however giver her credit for not doing the same performance over and over and over.



  11. 11

    Re: DEFAULT GREEN – i know! bitch is shameless/arrogant or just plain stupid.



  12. 12

    Crazy ass Laurianne looks kinda hot there. LOLZ!



  13. 13

    I love Lady Gaga, and I love Jo Calderone too.I love it!!



  14. 14

    If bitch Caca was born so creative … inspiring … talented, why does she need a Creative Director? Get your over-sized head out of Caca's asshole already, you brainless twat.

  15. d.f. says – reply to this


    15

    Re: skyline753 – WOW! REALLY? you REALLY REALLY need to reevaluate yourself.



  16. 16

    Too bad it's a ripoff of Annie Lennox's 1984 Grammy performance. Try again Gaga.



  17. 17

    I do have to admit the rumors of her being a MALE is sure starting to make sense….she does look a lot better as a man than a woman. Anyways….Jim Carrey did this at the movie awards one year, stayed in character and no one even really knew it was him until he spoke and received his award. That was impressive, this is just a sad excuse of a crappy artist trying to get her self noticed. If she was a great as a performer as you make her out to be, she would impress people with her singing and writing skills…like Adele. Beautiful voice, simple, hilarious, and an amazing artist. No need for extensive outfits, ridiculous antics…shes just plain simple great artist…what we lack in the music industry now a days, especially with rap, pop, all of it seems to be club music…its annoying. we need MORE real artists.

  18. jham says – reply to this


    18

    I loved it!!



  19. 19

    to add to the growing list of artists who already did something like this, is garth brooks and his equally but less annoying than jo alterego, chris gaines. this isn't new and wasn't even good so she fails twice. i used to love her and be a huge fan but her dumb antics have completely lost me. this just put the nail in the coffin.



  20. 20

    sorry, meant to say equally dumb but less annoying than jo

  21. cika says – reply to this


    21

    Please go away caca.



  22. 22

    This scum bag Caca is trash. This was the worst I've ever seen her, and I thought I've already seen her at her worst. Corianne Scmibson is a piece of shit…what does she do anyway besides run her fat black mouth just like Caca runs her fat white mouth. SHUT UP and go away both of you. This was horrible, not creative. Caca continues to COPY the shit out of other artisit - yet people still think it's original. SHAME ON YOU, you little ass plowing monsters!



  23. 23

    Too bad she wasn't hurt when she fell at the MVA's. It would have been her best performance.

  24. d.f. says – reply to this


    24

    Re: stephjay – you are SO right. unfortunately not everyone feels that way. therefore more gagas will crawl out too frustrate those that have real taste.



  25. 25

    If Gaga is so unbelievably creative and talented herself, WHY does she need a creative director??? And P.S. She is the most self-centered piece of shit I've ever seen. Dressing up like another character to talk about yourself? Calling yourself a star? She needs to be knocked down - big time. The other REAL artists in the audience were creeped out, and the only reason Dave Grohl went nuts was for the only true talent on that stage - Brian May.



  26. 26

    Ridiculous write up! Wow!



  27. 27

    EVER SINCE LAURI ANN TOOK OVER - GAGA HAS BEEN SUCKING - HONESTLY …HER LATEST ALBUM DOES NOT SUCK BUT ITS DEF NOT GREAT. I AM NOT CRAZY ABUT ANY OF THE SONGS AND HER OUTFITS ARE SOO OVER THE TOP THEY ARE BECOMING TIRED AND REDICULOUS. ALSO JOE CALDERONE WAS SOOOOO RIDICULOUS IT WAS LAUGHABLE….POOR GAGA



  28. 28

    How can it be called being creative when all you do is copy what others have done?



  29. 29

    Her "performance" sucked and it was lame as hell! I found it annoying and distracting… The best part of it was where she fell and busted her ass after jumping off the piano. (You failed to mention that at all on you site)



  30. 30

    Love it or hate it, you have to admit : Some styles belongs to Madonna, some others to Grace Jones.
    This one belongs to ANNIE LENNOOOOOX !



  31. 31

    Also why would you give Gaga credit when a "creative director" has to feed her lame ass ideas. if she is SO fabulous couldn't she come up with her tired re_hashed crap on her own. How hard is it to copy what someone else has already done? SO EPIC… Epic fail!



  32. 32

    Doesn't dressing up as a man go against all her Born this Way stuff??



  33. 33

    The only reason she puts on costumes is because she is the UGLIEST person alive.



  34. 34

    And in those leaked bondage pics from last week - her vag looked very strange



  35. 35

    and now i hear she is doing a movie. it's called whos that girl. in it she plays a woman who cant remember who she is and gets mistaken for someone else. epic, genious. and she has a book coming out callled "sex" . she never stops-she is incedible-they might as well put a frame around her cause she is art personified. what a loser.



  36. 36

    This performance was good for the reason that the flop monsters are admitting she is crap.



  37. 37

    Laurieanne is toxic to peoples careers… She manages to always contradict everything lady gaga says.. first it was a "natural" part of her [to be jo] now its a creative decision? Creative Decision is just a hidden way of saying "new gimmick to muster up some attention for her album that hasn't been doing so well, and singles that aren't exactly chart topping" Gaga standing out amongst her taleneted peers? Yea sure.. but not in a way thats getting ravishing reviews, she didn't stand out for her talent, she stood out with her attention seeking antics.



  38. 38

    Jo CAlderone sucked and so does Laurieann Gibson.

    Overrated hack.



  39. 39

    Fraud!! She claims she is pushing the limits and is an original artist.. Her fans are so young they do not realize that she has copied all of her ideas from other artists.. She is a gross fake – on dancing with the stars she slammed the choreographers for using props and felt the dancers did not need that in the performances – yet that is all she does – she is one big prop!! She took this idea from Annie Lennox.. she needs to just sing and stop trying to be such a gimmick.. she makes me want to puke!! Fake!



  40. 40

    Re: DEFAULT GREEN – i was just about to say the same! andy kaufman was/is amazing. gaga is really influenced by bowie too, and he did the same kinda thing with ziggy stardust and the thin white duke.



  41. 41

    "While everyone else was finally embracing theatrical costume and various wardrobe changes" Are you serious with that shit?



  42. 42

    Re: stephjay – The Jim Carrey performance was absolutely brilliant. One of the best VMA appearances ever.



  43. 43

    If she was going for 13yr old Iranian boy, she nailed it! Unwatchable! I had to turn the channel every time that media whore was on screen.



  44. 44

    I personally loved the opening monologue! I thought maybe it got to be a little much during the Britney part, but whatever! The thing that stood out most to me was that while everyone else was showing up dressing like Gaga, (Katy Perry, Nicki M) Gaga (like a true visionary) showed up NOT dressed in something crazy! She came dressed as a well-dressed man! I love that! While everyone else is following a fashion trend she created, she's already off on something else. I love how unpredictable she is! Just when you can predict she's going to wear some face-mast architecture, she changes it up! A true artist!



  45. 45

    Re: MsJules – correct



  46. 46

    Re: d.f. – what a sad world of music that people actually are "gaga" over this no talent woman. I dont get it? Only because she is pro-gay rights? its stupid. I am pro- whatever makes you happy. But come on….get some talent!! BOOO



  47. 47

    Re: chunkeh – Jim Carrey's performance is a true TALENTED entertainer. he was hilarious!!! those dreads were on point! lol



  48. 48

    Annie Lennox's 1984 performance is just her dressed as Elvis…at least thats what I got out of it. What Lady Ga Ga did was nothing like that at all. She played a character thru out the whole show. Cant believe all the hate on her for her….its kinda sad.



  49. 49

    Was she trying to impressed or show people she can act and possible be considered "as you stated" to play Amy Winehouse????? You will need TRUE talent to play Amy Winehouse not sum gimick, copy cat trash like Gaga!



  50. 50

    OMG the same hateful people comment over and over again on all the articles on Lady Gaga. Its no wonder he posts on her everyday. I mean if you don't like her then don't make her so popular with the comments because everybody knows in PR that if people are talking about you you are doing something right.



  51. 51

    She repulsed me with that performance. It was just so self indulgent. Dressing up as somebody else so she can talk about herself. So obnoxious!



  52. 52

    Re: stephjay – She has more talent than you. OR do you have a grammy? OR just one platinum record? Anything?



  53. 53

    I have her albums on my iPod, but I skip it now. She repulses me. My god.. she is so into herself.. It's absolutely disgusting. She is narcissism on a whole new level.



  54. 54

    Re: Andy27 – How many people have ever performed wearing a plain black dress in front of a piano with a spotlight illuminating them while they sing standing completely still. I guess Adele is only good at recycling other people's ideas. Please enlighten us with how you would have done the VMAs but don't use a single idea that has EVER been done before. Please.



  55. 55

    Re: Ritechappy – How can you say she is narcissism on whole other level when you clearly took a picture of yourself shirtless for a Perez Hilton site. WTF modesty much, that isn't even OK on FB or GRINDR. Hypocrit



  56. 56

    Re: La Garse – How is Perez a brainless twat if he has managed to make bank on a blog site where he just reports celebrity news and you are one of the people who visit it. HMMM doesn't that make you just a wannabe twat, or a flake on the hair of a twat, an afterthought?



  57. 57

    Re: MMSEllen – Your right Adele does stand there and sing songs with substance really well and that does get you respect but it does not form a fan base that would kill for you. Gaga has that. Some would say Britney has that. Neither just stood around and sang songs really well.



  58. 58

    Re: MMSEllen
    Mariah Carey, who was clearly a better singer than Madonna, just stood and sang songs, too, but Madonna kicks her ass when it comes to touring. Standing there singing songs is a bit charming, but it's not what everyone wants to see, nor does it make that performer better or worse than someone who is a little more theatrical in their performances.



  59. 59

    Does this girl do anything that is original. Because she tries to cover whom she is copying it makes me like her less. Annie Lenox, Bette Meilder, Madonna, Grace Jones, the list doesn't stop. She is an imposter. Her "Jo C" is hella ugly, pretty much like GaGa, she is not an attractive girl.



  60. 60

    Re: StinkyPerez
    "If Gaga is so unbelievably creative and talented herself, WHY does she need a creative director??? "
    Do you even know what a creative director does?



  61. 61

    Re: jasonsky – Dude.. you need to get off here and go get laid. Your hole must be real tight from all the bitching. Time to loosen it up and get some dick up there. Eh?



  62. 62

    Call me crazy - I thought an entertainer's job is to actually entertain … Try and cover up a baaaad performance with the 'pushing boundaries', 'performance art' palaver all you want. The performance stunk ….P.U….. When a perfom(er)ance doesn't entertain its audience it becomes self indulgent….. When a performer cannot recognise when they have GIVEN a bad performance ………..they might just be called …….narcissistic…….(amongst other things)



  63. 63

    Re: Ritechappy – You seem to be on here just as much. You also seem to imply you have a loose hole. ewwww



  64. 64

    Annie Lennox should sue Lady Gaga for ripping off her drag king look.



  65. 65

    highschool theatre camp….a shiteous performance…
    'We are responsible for what we do unless we are celebrities.'



  66. 66

    £



  67. 67

    WHY IS EVERYBODY BEING SUCK ASSHOLES?? PEOPLE ARE JUST TALKING SHIT BECAUSE GAGA CAN DO ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING.. PPL ARE ALWAYS GONNA TALK, IF YOUR SUPER SUCCESSFUL OR IF YOUR ON DRUGS!! GET OVER IT AND WORRY ABOUT YOURSELF.. PEOPLE ARE JUST JEALOUS THAT GAGA CAN DO IT ALL.. I LOVE LADY GAGA AND HER CREATIVITY.. PAWS UP BITCHES..BY THE WAY SHE IS THE SWEETEST PERSON IF YOU EVER MET HER.. LOVE YOU MOTHER MONSTER - LITTLE MONSTER(CYNTHIA



  68. 68

    I LOVE LADY GAGA, SHE IS THE MOST CREATIVE PERSON I HAVE MET. PEOPLE ARE JUST BEING ASSHOLES AND TALKING SHIT BECAUSE THEY ARE FUCKING JEALOUS, WORRY ABOUT YOUR OWN SHIT! PEOPLE ARE GOING TO TALK SHIT NO MATTER WHAT WHETHER YOU ARE A GREAT SUCCESSFUL PERSON OR A DRUG ADDICT.. QUITE BEING HATERS AND GO FUCK YOURSELVES.. @LADYGAGA IS A BEAUTIFUL LADY WITH A GREAT PERSONALITY. WHEN I MET HER SHE WAS THE SWEETEST WOMEN EVER. BTW JO CALDERONE WAS SEXXY AND SO IS GAGA!! ;) YEAHHHH LOVE YOU MOTHER MONSTER- LITTLE MONSTER (CYNTHIA



  69. 69

    Re: fiona1978
    Then maybe Grace Jones should sue Annie for stealing her androgyny look. Or Boy George should sue her for trying to one up him with the whole drag at the Grammys thing. Look, art, pop culture, or whatever you want to call it recycles itself. You're not going to find a whole lot of concepts these days that's completely original.



  70. 70

    Seriously?? Love gaga but this act was so boring. She takes herself way too seriously.



  71. 71

    Are you fucking serious?? Lady Gaga uses this bitch as her creative director??? She is so terrible at choreography, why the fuck would you use her as a creative director?? All her dance moves are arms waving and simple moves… and she is such a bitch, thinks so highly of herself..Everytime Gaga get's something negative against her this hoe throws a bitch fit.. Kind of like the creppy "monsters" that can't exept that there might be some truth to it.. now I wonder who it is making Gaga suck more these days this piece of shit, overrated choreogrpher or Gaga? Because everything lately has been either stolen from the 80s, to simple/raunchy or so fucking cluttered in one thing you don't even know what just happened.. and that Jo thng was annoying..



  72. 72

    ACTUALLY, Gaga debuted Jo Calerone in the September 2010 issue of Japan Vogue. He was featured on the cover, had a photo spread, AND interview inside, Perez Hilton. Would think you would've known that, since she's your "hubby". THEN she brought him back for the You and I covers, the music video, and the VMAs. Confirming that it was actually her. When the Vogue came out, some people were skeptical as to if it was actually a man or Gaga in drag.



  73. 73

    And also, there is almost NO originality nowadays, in terms of art, music, etc. Even movies, which area all starting to just become sequels of the first story, or remakes of older movies etc. Everything and everyone is recycled, really. Music is only made up of so many combinations of so many notes, so many words, etc. There are many songs that sound the same. Many artists that sound the same, look the same, etc. Yet no one really points it out.



  74. 74

    Re: BillieJoesEntourage – That is so true, but everyone points it out when it comes to Gaga and every other artist seems to get a pass, I've been listening to music from the late 70's onwards and recyling of concepts is nothing new or specific to Gaga, Marlene Dietrich did the male drag bit a long time ago, do these idiots posting on here think that Annie Lennox was copying her? Or that Madonna was copying Annie Lennox? No of course not because only Gaga comes in for this sort of criticism, its not like she declared that her idea was unique and original in the first place, I could understand the criticism if she had. Nice to see a sensible comment on here, they are getting rarer and rarer, most are just variations on "Gaga sucks" without any real justification for it ;o)

  75. china says – reply to this


    75

    that`s rich! copying style, songs and schticks from others is still called "creative ability" in the world of these stupid bitches. caca and her folks wouldn`t get creativity when it bites them in their ugly asses.



  76. 76

    Wow I didn't think it was possible for GaGa to look any uglier, but bitch is even more ugly and disgusting looking as a guy. The only good thing about this is that she finally has some
    clothes on for a change. A couple of brown paper bags over her head might make her look better.



  77. 77

    she is lameeee no wierd costumes just a boy



  78. 78

    instead of concentrating on theatricality and shitty recyclced ideas, she needs to concentrate on putting out good music.



  79. 79

    Re: Saetana – the reason everyone points it out about Gaga.. is because she is constantly claiming to be original and unique.. other artists do "copy" or use similiar stylings to people out there.. but they aren't constantly screaming about how epic, ground breaking, new, fresh, never been done before, original, unique they are…. :)



  80. 80

    People mock her for copying because SHE and her team are always pushing how "ORIGINAL" and "CREATIVE" she is. GAGA'S TEAM put the emphasis on ORIGINALITY, so naturally, we debate wheither or not it was. All of you who claim she's being picked on and why not point other artist who take inspiration from peers, I ask this: Those other artist give credit where it's due (Just like Kelly osbourne said), and they don't stand around in your face self promoting their "originality." Also everyone keeps comparing Jo to Annie Lennox—I'm sorry, Lennox was classy, clean and dignified. This jo piece of shit is an joke.



  81. 81

    You people are horrid. Lady gaga represents equality, love, and believing and loving yourself for who you are. She is an unbelievable inspiration to all of her little monsters and does not deserve your disgustingly cruel words.



  82. 82

    Im done commenting. As Mother Monsters says "Ignore all hatred and critism. Live for what you create and die protecting it." MONSTER LOVER



  83. 83

    Re: MsJules
    And when have you ever heard GaGa scream any of those things? When have you ever heard her say, "I'm so original and am doing things no one has ever done before?" Pull direct quotes instead of pulling stuff out your ass, which you are so prone to doing. :) :) :)



  84. 84

    Re: jasonsky – She has fans that would kill for her?? Wouldn't that defeat the purpose of her entire ethic?? Second, it makes sense if her fans are actually that delusional why she has sold so many albums. Its a shame that people are so stupid these days..



  85. 85

    Re: Heaven_Oblivion_Bliss
    Right..and you're the bastion of intelligence on these boards. Everyone should strive to be just as cool as you are….



  86. 86

    Okay. Can she elaborate on the Madonna decision too?



  87. 87

    wow…people are so stupid… Yeah Annie Lennox did it in 1984, but she was not the first to do it either…Julie Andrews, Marlena Deitrich all did it waaaaaay before Annie lennox. Its all apart of cabaret and performance art. I dont understand why everyone acuses her of "copying" every god damn female performer ever. Most performance artist do the traditional peices and I feel like people that dont understand Lady gaga and hate her dont know much about pop culture. I love gaga cause she is like all my faves in the pop culture world. And howcome all the r&b artist like Chris brown, Usher, and Justin Timberlake all can act like Micheal jackson and dance like him yet no one says anything about it…..i think that is sexist