February 16, 2011 at 09:08 PM EST

Image Credit: Nick KnightAs if Lady Gaga’s sci-fi egg spectacle at Sunday’s Grammys wasn’t proof enough that the gal knows how to make a splashy entrance: Her new track “Born This Way” debuted in the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 today, officially becoming the 1,000th chart-topping song in the chart’s 52-year history.

“It is a tremendous honor,” Gaga told Billboard. “To be the 1000th no. 1 on Billboard…I would be silly not to say this is the greatest honor of my career.” The song is the first single and title track of Gaga’s upcoming album, slated for May 23; it’s also the pop star’s third number one hit after the 2009 double play of “Just Dance” and “Poker Face.” (Oddly, her megahit “Bad Romance” peaked at number two).

“Born This Way” also set a record for the highest first-week digital sales for a female artist, racking up 448,000 downloads to best Britney Spears’ latest single, “Hold It Against Me.”

For all you trivia buffs, the first single to top the Hot 100 was Ricky Nelson’s 1958 hit “Poor Little Fool.”

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