Lady Gaga and Rihanna kicked off summer music on Friday with two morning concerts in New York City.
Mama Monster and her Little Monsters stormed Central Park for a concert on “Good Morning America.” According to “GMA” host George Stephanopoulos, it was the biggest crowd the show had ever had for their summer concert series.
The singer – a native New Yorker – made a dramatic and acrobatic entrance on a zip line during “Bad Romance.” She then played her latest hit, “Edge of Glory,” followed by “Judas” and finished with “Hair,” which she played on a black unicorn piano.
“I live half way between reality and theater at all times,” she said during her “GMA” appearance. “I love my fans so much thank you for coming out today… they’re my family!”
Adding, “It’s an absolute dream come true to play here today, to play Central park. I grew up five blocks from here… It means absolutely everything.”
Gaga kept things provocative, ending “Born This Way” in a giant clear plastic box filled with a gooey liquid as two female dancers and one male dancer pawed at Gaga’s body.
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Across town at The Plaza at Rockefeller Center, Rihanna kicked of the “Today” show’s summer concert series with a set of high-energy performances.
Things got off to shaky start when a fan grabbed the singer as she made her entrance while singing “S&M.” Rihanna appeared unfazed by the incident and continued singing. She also performed “Only Girl In The World,” “What’s My Name.” and “California King Bed.”
During her interview segment, the singer spoke with Matt Laurer and Meredith Vieira about how her life as changed since she last appeared on the morning chat show in June 2008.
“I’m 20 times busier, I can’t complain,” she said. “There’s a lot of life experiences, a lot of great things that have happened since I was 20 years old.”
She also addressed her recent Billboard Music Awards performance with Britney Spears, that some called a little too racy.
“Nothing popped out!” she said with a laugh. “There are some people who will think that was too sexy, but you’re always going to find that.”
Rihanna might have also raised a few eyebrows with her seductive dancing that saw her caressing her bod on stage and featured plenty of booty shaking.