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“I’m going to dedicate this next song … to Lady Gaga.”

Uh-oh! The last time Madonna began a sentence like that onstage, she ended up taking a catty swipe at nemesis Elton John. And as it happens, she went on to give Gaga — a noted Elton John partisan — the same treatment when dedicating the song “Masterpiece” to her at an Atlantic City concert last Saturday.

“You wanna know something? I love her,” the Material Girl said of Mother Monster. “I love her. I do love her.” But wait for it… “Imitation is the highest form of flattery.” Zing!

But Madge followed up her backhanded compliment by prophesying that “one day, very soon, we’re going to be on stage together. Just you wait. You think I’m kidding? I love Lady Gaga.”

We actually do think she might be kidding! “Masterpiece,” it should be noted, was also the song she dedicated to John last month — and the one that won her a Golden Globe over his “Hello Hello” this year. John and Gaga are close, of course (she’s his son Zachary’s godmother), so it seems likely that she’s using the same mock-tribute method to take potshots at them both. But who knows, Madge may’ve been sincere about the two ladies sharing a stage together, which would certainly gin up all sorts of interesting publicity for the duo.

Ultimately, though, we’re hoping the feud continues, if only so we can find more excuses to callback the phrase “fairground stripper.”

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