VMA viewers yearning for a taste of Lady Gaga’s upcoming album “ARTPOP” didn’t have to wait long. Gaga opened the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards with a performance of her new single “Applause” that actually started with some boos and jeers from the audience.
Relax, Little Monsters, the unfriendly chorus was all part of the performance, since everyone knew the “Applause” was coming. Gaga sang the opening verse in extreme closeup, revealing a white mask surrounding her face as the only part of her costume. The camera finally panned out to reveal one of Gaga’s most bizarre looks yet — an arty, all-white suit with an oversized, rectangular head. For the rest of “Applause,” which she performed alongside a troupe of predominantly male backing dancers, she reprised various looks from throughout her career, like her striking “Fame Monster”-era costume.
It all ended with Gaga stripping down into a “Little Mermaid”-style seashell bikini for the closing moments.
“Applause” debuted last week at No. 6 on the Hot 100. “ARTPOP” drops Nov. 11 via Interscope.
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