Lady Gaga Gives Grammys Shout to...Whitney Houston?

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Lady Gaga's found the greatest love of all!

At Sunday's Grammy Awards, the pop superstar got tearful at the podium as she accepted her award for Best Pop Vocal Album (The Fame Monster).

After thanking family members, her management team and others, the "Born This Way" singer, 24, made special mention of another music superstar: No, not Madonna, Michael Jackson or David Bowie, to whom she has often been compared.

"I need to thank Whitney Houston," Gaga said of the legendary R&B superstar, 46.

Explained Gaga: "I wanted to thank Whitney, because when I wrote 'Born this Way,' I imagined she was singing it -- because I wasn't secure enough in myself to imagine i was a superstar. So, Whitney, i imagined you were singing 'Born This Way' when I wrote it."

Gaga beat out Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Susan Boyle and John Mayer to win the award.

She performed her instant smash single "Born This Way" earlier in the show -- emerging from a giant egg, wearing an all-latex ensemble.