Lady Gaga Recreates 'Applause' Live At The VMAs

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Lady Gaga performs at the 2013 VMAs.
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You guys. It has begun. *SQUEAL!* When Lady Gaga first hit the stage to perform “Applause,” we were like, “Is she supposed to be a yolk in the middle of an egg?” but then we were like, “Maybe she’s paying homage to the Flying Nun?” but then we were like, “What does any of that have to do with anything?” And then we were like, “Hello, it's Lady Gaga. She's on another wavelength.”

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Lady Gaga performs at the 2013 VMAs.
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Regardless, our paws are UP, y’all, and we were stoked to see Gaga’s onstage interpretation of her new single’s amazingly bizzaro music video, complete with like, A HUNDRED different wigs. After Mother Monster got stripped of her whites, she got us jazzed up like Bob Fosse with a bedazzled black leotard fit for Liza Minnelli and a slick, black bathing cap.

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Lady Gaga performs at the 2013 VMAs
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Before we could fully bat a lash (and barely two minutes into the show), Gaga was in her third costume: a sparkly blue wrap-skirt and matching blue blazer with some seriously stacked ‘80s-tastic shoulder pads. Do we love that blonde bob or do we love that blonde bob? SO Gaga circa The Fame. #THROWBACK

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Lady Gaga performs at the 2013 VMAs.
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Then Our Lady Of Monsters was back in black, dancing with a bowling ball—and just like that, the blonde bob was gone (but not forgotten). Is anyone else out there sweating? All these rapid-fire costume changes are making me nervous… But so far, so seamless! Bring on the canary yellow wig, which we've definitely seen before. She wore something similar to the 2010 Grammy Awards, along with that space-age glitter wire contraption. But the primary colors make-up? That’s 100% original ARTPOP.

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Lady Gaga performs at the 2013 VMAs.
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As she disappears into a sea of black spandex-clad dancers (who, BTW, were high-kickin' around in ALDO combat boots), moments seem like minutes while we wait for the grand finale. POW! Gaga busts back on the scene in her Aphrodite shell bikini, and the lady looks GOOD. For those who dare to bare, this is a Halloween costume shoe-in, AMIRITE? So chic! So sexy! So DIY!

Okay. So it might not have been as jaw-dropping as her blood-soaked 2009 performance, and it definitely wasn’t as unexpected as Jo Calderone’s monologue from 2011, but it was DEFINITELY Gaga, and we wouldn't have it any other way.

What did you think of Gaga's onstage interpretation?

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