09/12/2010 AT 11:45 PM ET
Lady Gaga had a reason to sing at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards.
The pop star, nominated for a record-setting 13 trophies, took home top honors, winning video of the year for “Bad Romance” – and seized the opportunity to trill for Cher, who presented her with the Moonman trophy.
“I never thought I’d be asking Cher to hold my meat purse,” a tearful Gaga said at the podium in a bacon-colored outfit.
“I promised that if I won this tonight, I’d announce the name of my new record,” she said. After exhaling, Gaga revealed it is titled Born This Way. Then, she belted out a refrain as Cher looked on. “God makes no mistakes,” she sang. “I’m on the right track baby. I was born this way.”
Throughout the night, Gaga turned the ceremony, live from L.A.’s Nokia Theater, into her very own fashion show, at one point noting that she wasn’t prepared for all her acceptance speeches.
“This outfit’s too heavy to walk in,” she said while accepting best pop video. “I apologize if I’m a little slow this evening.”