MTV finally made Lady Gaga's iconic 2009 VMAs performance available online, and fans can't contain their excitement

Christopher Polk/Getty ImagesLady Gaga used fake blood during her 2009 performance at the MTV Video Music Awards.

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.

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.”

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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.^tfw^tfw

“Children will be studying this in their history books,” one YouTube commenter wrote. “It’s that legendary.”

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