Dressed and styled as her male alter-ego Jo Calderone, Lady Gaga opened the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards with a very strange rendition of her latest single “You and I.”

But before sitting down at her piano to play the tune, Lady Gaga — excuse us, we mean Jo Calderone — emerged on the dark, empty stage wearing a black suit and dingy white T-shirt with slick black hair and a lit cigarette she continued to puff on as she ranted on during a nearly 4-minute opening monologue.

After playing the more jazzy version of “You and I,” the Pop star was joined by a slew of male back-up singers who danced along to the uptempo version of the song currently playing on the radio now.

Pics from the performance are below, as well as the video footage. Check it out!

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