“But many times ago when I revisit it”, Gaga said before introducing Perry.
She was joined by Van Morrison, Tony Bennett and Stephen Colbert at the three hour ceremony to honor songwriters.
When Gaga accepted her award, the blonde got emotional, “I was thinking while I was sitting there, and my mom was handing me napkins… if they only knew how many bad songs I wrote before that good one”.
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Honorees in attendance at the event, held at Marriot Marquis Hotel in New York, were Lady Gaga, Nate Ruess, Van Morrison, John LoFrumento, and seven hall of fame inductees.
Toby Keith, Cyndi Lauper, and Linda Perry were among the other artists inducted to the Hall of Fame.
Perry said it was “crazy” that a song she dashed off in her bedroom, fighting off fleas from her dog, would be embraced by a world famous performer.
Linda Perry, rock singer and songwriter, performed Lady Gaga’s 2009 hit single “Bad Romance” in her own version, before Tony Bennett presented her with Contemporary Icon Award.
Hunter, who wrote lyrics for “Truckin, ‘” “Friend of the Devil” and other Dead favorites, had the crowd clapping as he strummed a guitar and sang “Ripple”, with its plaintive question, “Would you hear my voice come through the music?”
After the performances, Lady Gaga changed into a black and white striped baggy suit and Elvis t-shirt to take the podium for her acceptance speech.
The star performed a duet with Michael Buble on Real Gone, and noted that songwriting royalties had kept him afloat during dry spells in his career.