The dream of Maria Aragon, a 10-year-old girl from Winnipeg, Manitoba, came true Thursday night when she mounted on stage at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto with her idol, Lady Gaga, to sing the song Born This Way together.
“Maria represents what this song is all about,” Gaga said during the number.
After revealing that her sister was responsible for choosing her clothes for the occasion, Maria played the first notes of Born This Way before starting the first verse with Lady Gaga. Once the delivery was complete, while Lady Gaga watched her silently, moved to tears, Maria wanted to greet her new admirers.
“I just wanted to say, ‘Hi, Lady Gaga. I’m just really grateful for all of you. I just want to thank you for all of your support. And I’m actually from Winnipeg and I came over here to sing to you guys. And I want to say a shout out to all my fans and family in Winnipeg. And, after a while, I’ll be up here again, so stay tuned!” Maria said to thunderous applause, without any sign of nervousness, as if she was born to perform on stage.
By the end of the performance Gaga was teary eyed and so were many in the audience. “Look at me. She made me all (emotional). She’s such a superstar,” she said before moving on with her next song.
Maria Aragon came back on stage at the end of the show to sing the original version of Born This Way with Lady Gaga.
After the show, the singer released a photo showing her in her dressing room alongside Maria, who proudly wore a shirt bearing the likeness of her idol. Lady Gaga was wearing a sweater on which with a photo of the young singer.
On February 17, Maria Aragon’s life changed completely when Lady Gaga posted on her Twitter page a video of the girl on YouTube.
“Can’t stop crying watching this. This is why I make music. She is the future,” wrote Lady Gaga, obviously impressed by Maria singing her new song Born This Way, while accompanying herself on keyboard.
Since then, the video has been seen nearly 18 million times, which made the international press call Maria a “YouTube phenomenon”.
Soon after Gaga’s tweet, Maria had an interview on The Breakfast Show about the video that had impressed the Mother Monster.
When the eccentric singer joined the conversation, she invited Maria to ride with her on stage at the Air Canada Center to sing a duet on the first single from her new album.
Maria Aragon was then invited to sing “Born This Way” on the shows “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “Good Morning America.”
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