- Lady Gaga’s memorable performance at the 2009 Video Music Awards was posted on MTV’s YouTube this week.
- The opera-inspired mashup of “Poker Face” and “Paparazzi” featured gothic costumes and gory effects, including fake blood pouring down Gaga’s body.
- Gaga fans are thrilled – and many have taken the opportunity to stake its claim as one of the best VMAs performances of all time.
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For the first time in a decade, Lady Gaga fans are finally able to watch an official recording of her memorable performance at the 2009 Video Music Awards.
The opera-inspired mashup of “Poker Face” and “Paparazzi” – which featured gothic costumes and gory effects, including fake blood pouring down Gaga’s body – was posted on MTV’s YouTube this week, apparently to drum up anticipation for the 2019 VMAs on Monday.
MTV also included Gaga’s 2009 performance in its recent countdown of the top 10 “mic drop performances,” ranking the “Mother Monster” at No. 5.
Gaga fans are thrilled that the performance is finally on YouTube.
“MTV finally uploads this masterpiece officially after 10 effing years,” one YouTube comment reads.
“Can’t believe we in 2019 and still no one can top this performance yet?!” another said.
was doing my quarterly viewing of gaga's "paparazzi" vmas performance and fully yelped to see that mtv has finally uploaded an hq version!!!
s/o to that one vimeo link that held it down for years https://t.co/uxKVcByMeN
— Olivia Craighead (@oliviacraighead) August 21, 2019
Though fans clearly haven’t forgotten Gaga’s jaw-dropping performance, Billboard noted that her “breakout moment” was overshadowed that year by Kanye West jumping onstage to interrupt Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for best female video.
“On any other year, ‘Paparazzi’ would have been heralded as the show-stopping moment of the ceremony,” Stephen Daw wrote. “Audiences may not have been prepared for it back in 2009, but one decade later, let’s call out Gaga’s twisted, strange performance for exactly what it was – an underappreciated performance art masterpiece.”
Now that MTV has rereleased the official footage of the performance, Gaga fans are capitalising on the nostalgia and renewed publicity to stake its claim as one of the best VMAs performances of all time.
Lady Gaga’s ‘Poker Face’ / ‘Paparazzi’ (2009) is the BEST VMA performance of all time CONVINCE ME OTHERWISE (or just leave a YouTube link of your rebuttal) https://t.co/znUgDstbyD
— Calla (@hellocalla) August 22, 2019
“Children will be studying this in their history books,” one YouTube commenter wrote. “It’s that legendary.”
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