Lady Gaga has dropped a 10th anniversary present for fans of her Born This Way album.
Born This Way: The Tenth Anniversary, released on June 25, pairs the 14 original songs from her 2011 album with six new covers of her songs. The reimagined covers are performed by artists who represent and advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community, including pop legend Kylie Minogue, New Orleans-bounce rapper Big Freedia, and Dear Evan Hansen star Ben Platt.
The six covers rework Gaga’s now-classic pop songs into different genres that honour Gaga’s eclectic style, from country ballads to hip hop/techno bangers to dive bar anthems to soaring ballads.
Gaga thanked the artists featured on the album and her fans in an Instagram post, quoting the album’s lead single. “Thank you to each of the incredible artists who reimagined #BornThisWay songs! And thank you Little Monsters for continuing to build our community of love, acceptance, and kindness for the last 10 years. I’m so grateful for each of you. Rejoice and love yourself today ‘cause baby, you were Born This Way.”
Since its release on May 23, 2011, Born This Way has been lauded as a celebration of queerness and a turning point in Gaga’s career. It was Gaga’s first no. 1 album, sold over one million copies in its first week, and was the third global best-selling album of 2011. Last month, the pop star appeared at a dedication ceremony in West Hollywood where she received the key to the city and May 23rd was declared Born This Way day.
This article first appeared in Harper’s BAZAAR US