Lady Gaga covers John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ – watch

The singer performed the classic track on the piano at the opening of the inaugural European Games

Lady Gaga covered John Lennon‘s ‘Imagine’ at the opening of the inaugural European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, last Friday (June 12).

Taking place at the Olympic Stadium to over 70,000 people, she performed Lennon’s classic from a flower-strewn piano in a solo, stripped-back rendition. Click below to watch her performance.

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Prior to taking to the stage, Gaga tweeted: “What an honour to have a few moments with the world watching. Could you imagine. What would you say?” Featuring more than 6,000 athletes from 50 National Olympic Committees across Europe, the European Games 2015 involves 30 sports, ranging from cycling, to beach soccer and archery. The competition is due to run until June 28.

Last month a lost collaboration between Kendrick Lamar and Lady Gaga surfaced online. ‘Partynauseous’, originally slated for the Compton rapper’s 2012 album ‘good Kid, mAAd city’, was initially scrapped by Gaga due to disagreements with Lamar’s team. In 2014, an edited dance version of the track featured in some of her live shows.

Speaking about the song when it was scrapped three years ago, Gaga posted on fan site Little Monsters: “When I collaborate with an artist i work solely with them, not with their camps or management. Its purely organic and creative. I love Kendrick dearly as a friend, but was not willing to compromise musically to the changes his team was making to my music.”

“That song will be released at a different time, for a different project. I love you, and think you should check out his stuff because he is truly great. He’s a good kid, its just sometimes a mad city.”

Around the same time, Lamar spoke of his admiration for Lady Gaga by describing her as a “beautiful person”. Speaking to MTV, the rapper waxed lyrical about the pop star and also claimed that she has a “genius mind” following their collaboration on the track ‘Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe’, which Gaga leaked onto the internet.

Lamar, who also praised Gaga for being a “free spirit in the studio”, said: “It’s just great to be around people that inspire you from another genre, you know. In fact, it’s even bigger for her to respect hip-hop music the way she does, true hip-hop music, so much respect to her.”