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Sinead O'Connor Looks a Lot Like ... Sinead O'Connor Again

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Nothing compares to bald!

Sinead O’Connor was barely recognizable in photos that were released this summer (below), but now the singer’s gone back to her signature look.

O’Connor, 44, sported a shaved head, glasses, pink lipstick and a purple dress that showed off her tattoos at the amfAR Inspiration Gala in Los Angeles Thursday night.

The Irish crooner planned to perform her hit song “Nothing Compares 2 U” and another tune, “The Last Day Of Our Acquaintance,” at the event. And the shorn singer told PEOPLE she was most excited about the fact that she “got to dress up” for the gala.

Though her height of fame came in the ’90s, O’Connor — a mother of four children ranging in age from 5 to 25 — said she’s slowly going back to music full-time, touring mostly in Europe. And returning to her roots also means reflecting on her past.

“I regret that I had very low self-esteem,” O’Connor confessed about her early career. “I would go back and I would say, ‘Sinead, you rock!’ I really would. I’d say, ‘Don’t beat the s— out of yourself, woman. You f—– rock!'”

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–Liz Raftery, with reporting by Vanessa Diaz

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