Lady Gaga took charge as she performed “Do What U Want” last night (Nov. 8) on The Graham Norton Show. When alone on stage, she widened her eyes as she pointed directly at the camera, as if she envisioned herself facing gossiping critics as she sang about them — “Write what you want, say what you want about me.”
And when a guitarist joined her, she wasted no time hovering over him like a stilt model, burrowing his head into her chest and then pushing him aside like the ARTPOP diva she is.
Featured artist R. Kelly may not have been there to reinforce the song’s “space-age George Jetson R&B sound,” in the words of DJ White Shadow. Still, Gaga managed to channel both the sass of ’90s club hits and the pro-female attitude that groups like En Vogue introduced to R&B of the same era. Watch the live rendition of “Do What U Want” up top, then watch her dance with a gaggle of Aphrodites for “Venus” after the jump.