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Lady Gaga, Bono Rock For Clinton Foundation

Former president celebrates his birthday with Stevie Wonder, Usher and more

October 17, 2011 11:05 AM ET
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Musician Bono, right, performs as former president Bill Clinton looks on at the "A Decade of Difference" concert
AP Photo/Matt Sayles

Bill Clinton celebrated his 65th birthday and the 10th anniversary of his William J. Clinton foundation in Los Angeles on Saturday night with A Decade of Difference, a charity concert featuring superstars such as Lady Gaga, U2's Bono and the Edge, Stevie Wonder, Usher and Kenny Chesney.

The event, which was live streamed by Yahoo, was kicked off with a brief, funky set by Wonder and concluded with an intimate performance by Bono and the Edge (watch below) featuring the first-ever performance of the How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb deep cut "A Man and A Woman" and a rare run through the Pop track "Staring at the Sun." 

 

 

But the night belonged to Lady Gaga, who rewrote the lyrics of some of her biggest hits as a tribute to the former president and his wife Hillary, the current Secretary of State. "I just love you and your hot wife," Lady Gaga said, wearing a blonde wig as a nod to Marilyn Monroe's famous performance for John F. Kennedy. At the end of her set, the pop queen played a rendition of her hit ballad "Yoü and I" (watch below) about the couple's marriage. "Sit back down where you belong in the Oval Office with those high heels on," she sang. "Sit back down on the couch where we watched you charm the whole world and the country." After Gaga's sexy set, Clinton later joked "I thought I was going to have a heart attack from Gaga on my birthday." 

 

 

In addition to the pop performances, the concert also included sets by Colombian rocker Juanes and Somali singer K'Naan, who was joined by Bono for his song "Bulletproof Pride."

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Bono and the Edge Perform For Bill Clinton
Lady Gaga Sings 'Yoü and I' For the Clintons
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