American singer Lady Gaga made a surprise appearance at the 39th International Emmy Awards in New York City, Nov.21.

The singer presented the honorary International Emmy Founders Award to Niegel Lythgoe, the Executive Producer of the super hit show American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance.

He has always helped to nurture and foster my ideas, no matter how crazy or demographic-unfriendly they may have been, said the singer known for her bizarre costumes, speaking in praise of Lythgoe's contributions to the television industry.

The event was attended by media persons and executives from the entertainment industry from across the world and was held at the Hilton Hotel, where Christopher Eccleston and Julie Walters won the main acting awards, including two for the BBC crime series Accused. Gareth Malone was honored with the Best Arts program award for BBC2's Gareth Malone Goes to Glyndebourne.

The International Emmy awards, which are meant to promote excellence in global television programming, saw winners from six countries, including Chile, Belgium, Canada, Portugal and Sweden, receive awards in different categories, including comedy, art and drama series.

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