Yoü and I
"You and I" (stylized as "Yoü and I") is a song written and recorded by American singer Lady Gaga, taken from her second studio album, Born This Way (2011). She also co-produced it with Robert John "Mutt" Lange. The track samples Queen's "We Will Rock You" (1977) and features electric guitar by Queen's Brian May. Gaga debuted "You and I" in June 2010 during her performance at Elton John's White Tie and Tiara Ball. Footage of the performance appeared on the Internet, and positive response encouraged her to include the song on her setlist for The Monster Ball Tour. She later performed the song on Today to a record crowd in July 2010, and on The Oprah Winfrey Show in May 2011. On August 23, 2011, Interscope released the song as the fourth single from the album.
"You and I" is a slow tempo song featuring instrumentation from electric guitars and piano, with Gaga and Lange providing background vocals. The song received critical acclaim, with reviewers listing it as one of the highlights from Born This Way. After the release of the parent album, "You and I" charted in Canada, United Kingdom and the United States, due to digital downloads from the parent album. Season ten American Idol contestant Haley Reinhart performed "You and I" in May 2011 before its release, earning positive reviews. Her studio recording was released to the iTunes Store as a single, and appeared on the compilation album, American Idol Top 5 Season 10. "You and I" was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance at the 54th Grammy Awards, which was held on February 12, 2012.
The accompanying music video for "You and I", shot by Gaga's long-time collaborator Laurieann Gibson in Springfield, Nebraska, was released on August 16, 2011. It features Jo Calderone, Gaga's male alter ego, who also appears on the single's cover, and Yüyi, her mermaid alter ego. Gaga's journey to be with her beloved one was the main concept behind the video. She is displayed in an assortment of scenes as different avatars, including Calderone and Yuyi. The video met with a positive reception after its release.
Last Updated: January 20, 2018