Lady Gaga performs "Paparazzi" at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards in New York, September 13, 2009.
Lady Gaga wanted to walk down the red carpet with a lion at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) last night (13.09.09).
The eccentric pop star demanded a bizarre array of items for her performance at the ceremony - including the dangerous big cat - in an attempt to "upstage" every other pop star attending.
A source said: "It sparked a war backstage as Gaga was clearly trying to upstage the biggest acts. While the likes of Beyonce Knowles kept their riders simple, Lady Gaga wanted to make a grand entrance.
"As well as a plush dressing room with all the usual demands of champagne and fluffy towels, she wanted a jungle animal.
"Her people left a list of companies which provide tamed, trained lions and a formal request was lodged with VMA organisers."