Lady Gaga isn't shying away from addressing the fact that Born This Way has been compared to Madonna's Express Yourself.

While appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the 24-year-old singer said the following about her love for the Material Girl ... and how Madge has given her approval:

    “There is really no one that is a more adoring and loving Madonna fan than me. I am the hugest fan personally and professionally. Well, the good news is that I got an e-mail from her people and her, sending me their love and complete support on behalf of the single and if the queen says it shall be, then it shall be."

Props to Lady Gaga for addressing the issue head-on. Find out when Lady G's album hits stores ... after the jump.