Lady Gaga attended the 46th Annual Songwriters Hall Of Fame Induction & Awards Gala at the Marriott Marquis in New York City Thursday night in Alexander Wang Sloane high boots from the fall ’15 collection, paired with a red smoking jacket over a leather bra and ripped tights.
Gaga’s partner-in-crime, Tony Bennett, presented her with the Contemporary Icon Award.
The singer took to Instagram after receiving the award, posting, “The Songwriters Hall Of Fame Contemporary Icon Award. This has to be my favorite award I’ve ever gotten. I still remember dragging my keyboard up the stair of my walk up to play songwriter showcases and apply to be in songwriting forums where I could play my music for other artists and we’d critique each other. I was 15 then. I’m 29 now. In my head this is how I planned it, following all the roads I thought were right. But I’m not sure I thought about what I’d do if I never made it. Cuz I’d forever be trying.”
Toby Keith, Cyndi Lauper and Linda Perry were among the other artists inducted to the Hall of Fame. Gaga personally honored Perry with a performance of her song, “What’s Up,” from Perry’s band, Four Non-Blondes.
Perry paid tribute to Gaga by singing “Bad Romance,” which brought Gaga to tears.
“I thought I would know what to say when I got up here, but I didn’t realize how much it would affect me hearing Linda sing my song,” she said on stage. “It was something out of a childhood dream or a fantasy, because what I was thinking when I was sitting there and my mom was handing me napkins — ‘If they only knew how many bad songs I wrote before that one.'”