Gaga was nominated for Best Original Song tonight for her Top Gun: Maverick ballad “Hold My Hand.” She previously won an Oscar in the same category for “Shallow” in 2019. This year, she was nominated against “Applause” from Tell It Like a Woman, “Lift Me Up” from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, “Naatu Naatu” from RRR and “This Is a Life” from Everything Everywhere All at Once. (The RRR soundtrack cut ended up taking home the prize).
The A Star Is Born actress brought the house down with her performance of “Hold My Hand.” Although Mother Monster arrived in a stunning Versace 'fit, she changed into a black t-shirt and jeans for her stripped-down performance, channeling MTV Unplugged. She also notably removed all her makeup as well (so, she must've gotten the Oscars beauty memo). Of course, it was her vocals that became the focus of the performance anyways.