Fans and critics alike jumped on the comparisons, but Madonna stayed silent.
A few months later Gaga responded to the hype. Apparently, the only similarity she saw between the songs was the “chord progression”.
“I am not stupid enough to put a record out and be that moronic,” she told NME.
For a refresh, here is the start of Gaga’s “Born This Way”. Post continues after video.
Again, Madonna didn’t respond.
A year down the track however, she let rip.
“I certainly think she references me a lot in her work, and sometimes I think it’s amusing and flattering and well done. [But] It feels reductive,” she told 20/20 in 2012.
The lashings continued.
“I’m a big fan of [Born This Way] I am glad I helped Gaga write it,” she told Brazilian TV.
She even performed a mashup of the two songs while on tour that year.
So while Gaga was on tour, she wore a thong and fishnets reminiscent of a recent Madonna look, and reportedly mocked her on stage.
In the September of 2012, Madonna dedicated her performance of “Masterpiece” to Lady Gaga. Which was…weird.
"You wanna know something? I love her, I love her. I do love her. Imitation is the highest form of flattery," she told the audience.