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Lady Gaga performs tribute to Jamey Rodemeyer

Sunday, September 25, 2011

LAS VEGAS — Entertainer Lady Gaga on Saturday performed a tribute for Williamsville, N.Y. gay teen Jamey Rodemeyer, at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas.

Jamey, 14, committed suicide last week after enduring years of anti-gay bullying at school and online. He was laid to rest on Saturday.

“We lost a little monster this week and I wanted to dedicate this song to him tonight,” Gaga said before playing her song about identity and individuality, “Hair.”

During the emotional performance, Gaga said “Jamey, I know you’re up there looking on us, and you’re not a victim, you’re a lesson to all of us.”

At one point, Gaga shouted “Bullying is for losers.”

Watch the tribute here:

Jamey was a devoted fan of Lady Gaga, and was inspired by her message of tolerance when he created his “It Gets Better” video in May.

“Lady Gaga, she makes me so happy, and she lets me know that I was born this way,” Jamey said in his video. “Hold your head up and you’ll go far. Because that’s all you have to do, just love yourself and you’re set,” he added, echoing the lyrics of Gaga’s hit, “Born this Way.”

Last week, Jamey’s mother said she would bury Jamey in a t-shirt that reads “Born This Way.”

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18 more reader comments:

  1. We need to stop all the hate and this would not happen . Sorry for the family loss.

    Posted on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 10:54am
  2. So sad but Gaga is awesome.

    Posted on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 11:24am
  3. PAWS UP FOR GAGA AND TO TRIBUTE EVERYONE FEELING BULLIED AND TEASED FOR THEIR SEXUALITY,SKIN OR RELIGIOUS BELIEVes

    Posted on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 11:25am
  4. Bullying is for LOSERRS. :)

    Posted on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 11:29am
  5. I’d like to see some recognition of bullied kids before they commit their final act… It would be horrible if some kid thought it would be worth while because in the end they would get recognized… it’s just such a slippery slope…

    Posted on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 11:31am
  6. Thank you, rock star…thank you. Glad to know another human being, no matter how famous, can think of the loss of another and feel. Big ups, Mother Monster!

    Posted on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 11:34am
  7. This is very sad and touching, Go GAGA!

    Posted on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 11:54am
  8. Im so glad. Hats off to her.

    Posted on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 12:02pm
  9. <3

    Posted on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 12:23pm
  10. Bullying is for losers. You go GaGa. <3

    Posted on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 1:10pm
  11. <3

    Posted on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 1:43pm
  12. What a gesture from Gaga. I hope she gets her way, meets Obama and bullying is outlawed very, very soon. To Jamey xxx

    Posted on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 2:26pm
  13. One of the reasons I love her

    Posted on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 4:51pm
  14. Gaga is not only the queen of music right now but also the gay rights movement keep it up Gaga idk what we’d be doin without you.

    Posted on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 8:33pm
  15. Lady G is THE most Influential Individual, as she passed over Oprah to the #1 spot, which Oprah had maintained for over 6 years! WOW! To be so young & so powerfully influential is Amazing in itself!

    Posted on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 9:56pm
  16. Way to go Lady Gaga!

    Posted on Monday, September 26, 2011 at 11:40am
  17. Ditto that, many times over!

    Posted on Monday, September 26, 2011 at 12:53pm
  18. i cried my eyes out

    Posted on Monday, September 26, 2011 at 8:35pm