May 27th, 2011
12:36 PM ET
“Good Morning America” and the “Today” show took their a.m. rivalry to a new level on Friday as the morning programs offered head-to-head concerts of top pop talent.
In one corner, there was Lady Gaga zip-lining onto “Good Morning America's” stage to kick off the show’s concert series, and in another corner, the “Today” show hosted Rihanna as the opener to their own summer concert series.
Over on “GMA,” Gaga arrived in high-flying style, dressed at one moment in a sheer red jumpsuit and the next in a sheer black one.
“I live halfway between reality and theater at all times,” she explained to “GMA’s” Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos. “And I was born this way.”
“It’s an absolute dream come true to be here today and to play in Central Park. I grew up five blocks from here,” she went on. “I’m so excited and so blessed and so happy to be here.”
Gaga offered a five-song performance, including the single “Hair” that you can view below, for the hordes of screaming little monsters, some of whom had been camping out for two days to get prime viewing real estate, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Meanwhile, on “Today,” Rihanna was similarly clothed for warmer temps in a pair of black hotpants and a cropped top. Of course, Rihanna is fresh off another performance at the Billboard Music Awards, a steamy segment with Britney Spears that had some questioning if it was a little too hot for TV. (Apparently it wasn't for "Today" host Matt Lauer, who noted that he watched the Billboard Awards performance 11 times and didn't see anything wrong with it.)
"I went to Twitter to see what my fans thought about it, and they really enjoyed seeing the two of us up there together," Rihanna said of the performance. "People are always going to talk, whether you're doing bad or good." The songstress offered up a few of her "Loud" hits for her "navy" gathered outside of "Today's" studios, including "Only Girl (In the World)" which you can see below.
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