If you didn’t think the album title track couldn’t get any more emotional, think again.

Lady Gaga transformed “Joanne” into a moving piano ballad.

If you didn’t think the album title track couldn’t get any more emotional, think again.

The pop star shared a preview of the new version on Instagram today (Jan. 24). It’s soundtracked to clips of Gaga playing the piano and walking down a road wearing her signature Joanne hat.

Gaga also announced she’s donating to the Lupus Research Alliance and hopes Little Monsters will get inspired and follow suit.

“Joanne” is named after Gaga’s late aunt who passed away at the age of 19 due to complications of Lupus, which she described as a “a terrible autoimmune disease.”

“Joanne is about living every day as if it’s my last,” Gaga told V magazine last year. “My father’s sister died when she was 19 — that was Joanne, my aunt. This was the center of the pain in my family. Growing up, I never understood what the tears of my family were about.”

“[Joanne] died in 1974, but they had no idea why she died,” she explained. “They didn’t know what it was. And so when she was really, really ill, she had these lesions on her hands and the doctors wanted to take her hands off. She was a painter, and she did needlepoint and crochet, and she was a writer and a poet. As Joanne neared death, my grandmother said, ‘I can’t let my daughter’s last moments on this earth be without her hands.’”

“The spirit of Joanne is very much alive within my family. My dad has a restaurant called Joanne, and for me, personally, it means I must live every day as if it was my last,” she repeated. “Catholic guilt. It’s those stories, those classic stories, that made me tough.”

I imagine this will be what Gaga performs at the Grammys this weekend.

Watch the clip below:

 

Sneak Peek: Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?) Piano Version #Joanne #music #video The @lupusresearchalliance is receiving a donation in honor of Joanne Stefani Germanotta. Please consider a donation to this tremendous organization.

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