Lady Gaga sang, danced and even got extra cozy with R. Kelly during "Saturday Night Live" over the weekend. Her appearance was apparently a big hit with viewers, giving "SNL" its best overnight rating since March, according to Variety.
Gaga, who just released her new "ARTPOP" album, served as both host and musical guest, which meant she performed twice and appeared in a few sketches, one in which she played an enthusiast dance mom.
The first-time host kicked off the show poking fun at her single "Applause," saying, "Yay! Give it up for New York," adding, "There are two kinds of applause, the kind you earn or cheap applause, which you get by pandering to the audience and saying things like, 'Give it up for New York,'" she continued. "I am a fan of both and you know what, I wrote a song about it."
Then, during a segment dubbed "Waking Up With Kimye, the cast members had a laugh at Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's expense with Jay Pharoah and Nasim Pedrad playing the hot celebrity couple. Gaga even popped up in the sketch as a mild-mannered Apple store employee, and Pharoah (as West) criticized her bland uniform. The always-over-the-top-fashionista responded, "I don't care about fashion. I think people who try too hard with their outfits are maybe hiding something...Like, come on, dress like a person!"
Showing that she's not afraid to poke fun at herself once again, Gaga mocked the comparisons between her song "Born This Way" and Madonna's earlier hit, "Express Yourself."
Gaga, 27, also took the stage in a sexy sequined jumpsuit, to perform her new disco-inspired dance anthem, "Do What U Want," alongside R. Kelly, who at one point, simulated having sex with pop star.
More music was in store during Gaga's second turn onstage, this time for a rendition of "Gypsy," where she showed of her singing chops, played piano and strapped on an acoustic guitar to close the song.
The show's final sketch saw Gaga playing herself at age 77 in "Upper West Side 2063." In that bit, she sat down at a piano covered with Grammy awards -- yet, still gets no applause. Applause or not, Gaga's "SNL" appearance shows that she's still a force to be reckoned with, especially in the music department.
As for Gaga, she had a good time, tweeting after the show: