Although Lady Gaga arrived on the VMAs red carpet in a surprisingly understated black gown, it was not long before she was piling on the wigs and shedding her clothes in typical Gaga fashion. She hit the stage to kick off the festivities in controversial style, stripping down to a skimpy thong, which she remained in to take her seat in the audience, for her live performance of her new single, "Applause." Gaga was back on the VMA stage after being absent from the show since 2011 and undergoing hip surgery earlier this year. Last night's much-talked-about appearance was no exception considering her past performances of "You and I" (as alter ego Jo Calderone) and "Paparazzi" (covered in blood) for the annual night of debauchery and music.
Ahead of the show, Gaga joked about planning for last night's look in a recent interview with Ryan Seacrest, saying: "I've cut out the poultry, and I've cut out the vegetables. We're going more with textiles." It was a big night for the star, who, despite not being nominated for any Moonmen, generated much of the excitement surrounding the big show with her performance. Don't forget to vote for Gaga's look in our fashion and beauty polls!