A round of applause and
a standing ovation for Lady Gaga
, who kicked off Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards like only a showgirl could.
Nearly two weeks after dropping
"Applause" a week early, the singer took the Barclays Center stage for a jazz hands-raising rendition of her single, the first off her upcoming album, ARTPOP
Taking a page straight out of her music video
, the predictably unpredictable performer stripped off her white, face-framing costume to reveal a Fosse
-worthy showgirl get-up. (But that wasn't nearly as impressive as her new favorite paint
that somehow ended up on her face in perfect precision mid-dance.)
The performance marks her first major return to the stage since a hip injury
in February derailed her Born This Way Ball tour.
Tell us in the comments below: How does her performance compare to her previous VMA appearances, including her gender-bending turn as "Jo Calderone" and her blood-soaked rendition of "Paparazzi"?