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Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande Bring ‘Rain On Me’ to the 2020 MTV VMAs During ‘Chromatica’ Medley: Watch

In one of the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards’ unequivocal highlights, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande shared a stage -- responsibly, of course, with each wearing face masks -- and delivered their No. 1 hit “Rain On Me” to the masses on Sunday night (Aug. 30), as the centerpiece of a larger Gaga medley celebrating her Chromatica album.

In a performance that began with Gaga watching the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards on an ancient television, the pop superstar delivered the spectacle and pageantry of VMAs days of yore -- first, by pole-dancing around a bunch of mannequins during Chromatica highlight “911,” and later by sitting down at a brain piano (!) for a stripped-down take on “Stupid Love.” She then gave a rousing speech about personal strength and bravery, before giving “Stupid Love” the electro-pop showcase it dearly deserved.

But before that, Gaga was joined by Grande for what can only be described as a sing-off, dueling melismas closing out their “Rain On Me” duet as their shared dancers didn’t miss a step around them. Gaga eventually collapsed back on her couch as the medley concluded -- but she’ll have to get back up in case “Rain On Me” wins the video of the year award.

Watch Gaga's full performance below:

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