Gaga gave a 10-minute unscripted speech at the event.
Gaga thanked performance artist Marina Abramovic for helping her kick a 15-joint-per-day habit she developed while coping with a hip injury in upstate New York
“Thank you Marina Abramovic for the best rehab I’ve ever had,” she said before imitating Abramovic's Eastern European accent. “‘You eat art only. Nothing else for 3 days. You stand here in lake. So cold. I come back. 4 hours. If it’s not 4 hours, it’s not long duration. Goodbye.’ These are the people that remind me why I’m here. I’m so inspired every day. I’d rather be here any night of the week than anywhere in Hollywood. This has been the best. We’re at Cipriani. This is real old New York. Thank you so much, and I’m so sorry I talked for so long it’s just, this is the best thing that’s ever happened to me!”
Gaga posted several photos on Instagram of the night. She said ""Tonight really meant the world to me. This award stands beyond special, The National Arts Awards awarding me as a musician, philanthropist and fine artist with the YOUNG ARTIST award."