Most Iconic VMA Moments: Lady Gaga Kills Herself and Gives Us Life While Performing 'Paparazzi'
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A Few Things to Consider About Lady Gaga's Jaw-Dropping "Paparazzi" PerformanceSome context: Lady Gaga was famous well before her iconic performance of "Paparazzi" at the 2009 VMAs. "Just Dance," "Poker Face," and "LoveGame" smashed the charts earlier that year, and everyone was all, "That Gaga chick is so crazy!" But remember, this was pre-"Bad Romance," pre-"Telephone." It was before the meat dress, before the massively successful world tours. So when the curtain went up, people didn't really know what to expect.
The unsuspecting — along with everyone else — were in for a treat. When Gaga took the stage for her first-ever VMAs performance, she let everyone know that she was The One To Beat. This performance helped catapult her to a level of superstardom not seen since Britney Spears rose to fame a decade earlier. Let's be honest: do you really remember any performance from that night? (Not counting Kanye West's interruption of Taylor Swift, of course.)
But it wasn't over yet. After a fierce dance routine, Gaga was all like "Oh, you think I'm a basic pop tart? Let me play you the song of my people" and gave us a few dramatic bars on the piano — one foot up on the keys like a modern day Tori Amos.
The rest, as they say, is herstory. Gaga's outfit began bleeding, and as she stumbled across the stage, "dying" before our very eyes, it was clear that this would be a performance to remember. And we did.
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