Lady Gaga refused to appear in an episode of "Gossip Girl" until TV bosses agreed to allow her to stage an elaborate music video.
The "Poker Face" singer has taped an episode of the hit teen series, but she's insists her performance is not a typical cameo - because she was determined to use her time on TV to make an artistic statement.
She explains, "I hate TV series performances, because they kind of come in out of nowhere, and everyone's, like, really into the story, and then all of a sudden somebody breaks into song. And it has nothing to do with the storyline, and then it screws everything up. I really sat down with the writers. I was like, 'Look, I want to do this, and the reason I want to do this is because I am trying to say something that is not mainstream in a mainstream capacity. So, if I can say it on your show, that would be, like, a real coup d'etat for me as a performance artist.'"
And she's convinced fans will be delighted with the end result, which she describes as a "crazy performance-art piece".
She adds, "I am the narrator behind what is going on with the characters and make the song part of the moment. We used these ladders, and I'm falling off ladders. Ladders are kind of a monster symbol about bad luck. And I have this 35-foot-long dress on and these X's, very gothic-inspired. It was great. They let me do whatever the hell I wanted. It was amazing."
Lady Gaga will appear on the U.S. TV drama on Nov. 16.