Lady Gaga took the stage at the US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona, over the weekend, defying online petitions urging the singer to cancel the show in light of the state's controversial new immigration reform law, Senate Bill 1070. "Reject any person, any thing or any law that has ever made you feel like you don't belong," Gaga told the thousands of fans in the audience, to deafening cheers.

Gaga even alluded to calls she'd received from some "really big rock and rollers, big pop stars, big rappers" asking her to boycott performing in the embattled state, but she admitted she went ahead with the show for her fans. Gaga called the concert a political statement in itself: "The nature of the 'Monster Ball' is to actively protest prejudice and injustice and that bulls**t that is put on our society," she said. "Because you're a superstar no matter who you are, or where you come from. And you were born that way."