We know we've griped about the simplicity of the video for Lady Gaga's "The Edge of Glory," but consider us officially in love with the stripped down version of the track, as heard on The Howard Stern Show Monday morning. When you tear away the crazy outfits and incubation chambers, Stefani reminds us that she's is a talented vocalist first and foremost. Gaga prefaced the performance by describing the song's personal connection and the inspiration of her late grandfather, before singing with only the assistance of her piano. "[It's] about knowing in your heart you may never reach that glorious moment until you die, so live life on the edge, halfway between heaven and hell, and let's all dance in the middle in purgatory," she explained. So chill-inducing, even Howard was left without a snarky response (but he did work in a marriage proposal). Did we mention this was done at the ungodly hour of 8 a.m.?

Listen to Gaga unplugged on "Glory" and "Hair," below.


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SWING HOLIDAY: With the search for holiday gifts, a perfect tree and a cute holiday dress also comes the quest for Christmas music that is new to your ears but does not drive you batty. Here's a CD that qualifies on both counts: Duke Ellington's "Nutcracker Suite," the jazz master's take on Tchaikovsky's classic ballet score, replete with renditions of the "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy," the "Russian Dance," the "Waltz of the Flowers" and others. Seriously, folks, this music swings so hard I listen to it in July. Amazon.com has it for $10 under the CD name Three Suites.

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