Lady Gaga kept the audience asking “dude… what?” during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, but it was Kanye West whose brief appearance had people talking.
When Taylor Swift took the stage to accept the prize for Best Female Video, Kanye stormed the stage to indicate his displeasure at a perceived slight toward Beyonce.
“She made one of the best videos of all time!” Kanye told the crowd before heading offstage. After a few moments’ confusion, including repeated starts and stops of a pre-recorded Tracey Morgan skit, Swift and her award also left the stage to perform in the subway (and on the street). See for yourself…
That said, Beyonce killed with her own performance (of “Single Ladies”) later in the show. She also won Video of the Year for the same song, and while Kanye (also up for the same award) didn’t rush the stage again, Beyonce did invite Swift back out.
Lady Gaga, meanwhile, got off to a weird start by hitting on Kermit the Frog in a getup that included what seemed to be a haute couture neck brace, and then performed a “Phantom of the Opera”-inspired rendition of “Paparazzi” that ended with her bloody body hanging from the set.
Her strangeness didn’t end there. Gaga came to the stage wearing a red superhero-y mask and crown to accept the award for Best New Artist.
Finally, Pink got into the craziness by dressing in a bodysuit with a strategically placed heart over her left breast and put on a circus trapeze show. By then, the audience was too desensitized to blink.
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