By Joey Nolfi
January 28, 2018 at 07:46 PM EST
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Lady Gaga’s Joanne era is drawing to a close, but the pop icon made sure to send her out with a bang at Sunday’s Grammy Awards.

Two days after releasing the music video for the album’s title track, Gaga took to the Grammys stage in her hometown of New York City to belt the somber tune on piano, marking her fourth consecutive performance at the annual ceremony.

“This is for my father’s sister, Joanne,” she said at a piano featuring illuminated angel wings. “This is for love and compassion, even when you can’t understand.”

Near the end of the song, Gaga said, “Time’s Up,” referring to the popular movement to fight harassment, and belted out her hit “Million Reasons.”

Friday’s premiere of the “Joanne” video introduced a stripped version of the emotional ballad, which was inspired — along with the album as a whole — by the death of Gaga’s aunt, who perished in 1974 from Lupus-related complications. The “Bad Romance” singer also made a donation to the Lupus Research Alliance in her late relative’s name upon announcing the “Joanne” video Wednesday.

Though “Joanne” was officially released as a single in parts of Europe, there is no word on whether the song will serve as the LP’s third single in the U.S. Previous album cuts “Perfect Illusion” and “Million Reasons” both reached the top 20 on the domestic charts, with the latter also attaining platinum certification after Gaga performed it during the Super Bowl LI halftime show in February 2017.

A six-time Grammy winner, Gaga was nominated for a further pair of awards heading into Sunday’s ceremony: Best Pop Solo Performance for her hit single “Million Reasons,” and Best Pop Vocal Album for the song’s parent album. She appeared during the Grammys telecast while on a short break from her Joanne World Tour, which wraps Feb. 23 in Berlin.

In addition to prepping for the release of her upcoming film A Star Is Born and gearing up for her Las Vegas residency, Gaga is also hard at work on a follow-up to Joanne.

“I’ve started writing,” Gaga told EW in August 2017 of the planned LP, which is currently under construction via longtime Gaga collaborators DJ White Shadow and Benjamin Rice, among others. “I have a lot of ideas and a lot of things I want to create, so you’ll see in a bit. I need some time to create.”

Watch Gaga’s Grammys performance above.


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