Lady Gaga Covers John Lennon's 'Imagine'

(Radio.com) Covering John Lennon's "Imagine" has become a kind of rite of passage, and now Lady Gaga can finally claim that right. At the 2015 European Games opening ceremony, Mother Monster took on the ballad for the 70,000-deep crowd in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Aside from a flower strewn piano, Gaga was at her most understated for the occasion, delivering a stripped-down performance of the track that flexed her vocal range and forgoing her usual sartorial flair.

She was almost unrecognizable with minimal makeup, platinum blonde hair and a white gown. It's not exactly surprising, however, that Gaga kept things simple for the show. Since she released her last album, a jazz standards compilation with Tony Bennett dubbed Cheek to Cheek, Gaga has been letting her vocals take most of the spotlight and simplifying her wardrobe in the process. Watch it here.

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