Lady Gaga’s MTV VMA 2011 performance (video below) was a bit like a rejected scene from West Side Story–but it worked. She didn’t come out in a shiny, epic costume. Instead, she took on the persona of a character from You And I. Then came the weirdness…
Let’s be honest. The opening of the VMAs fell a little flat. The melodramatic opening was kicked off by Gaga and her slicked back, greaser look. She ranted for what felt like twenty minutes from the perspective of a bitter boyfriend, who was jealous that his girl was getting all the attention. I was wondering how she could pull off a different performance, something unexpected and memorable. Well, she did.
Finally, the music started, the smoke cleared, and Gaga’s voice rang through the PA system. She pulled off an inspiring, emotional performance, and it is clear that she puts everything she has into her music and performances. I will say that the performance did nothing to quell the jokers out there, who say she has man parts – if you know what I mean. The girl has cojones and is definitely a force to be reckoned with. Definitely the right choice to kick off the show, though it did start off a bit weird.
Eventually it was brought back together by her skillful stage craft and booming voice. Oh, and of course it helps when you bring out the guitarist from Queen. He riffed out a couple of nice licks to accompany Gaga’s vocals, which did nothing for the awkwardness, but was fitting enough.
I suppose Gaga’s dedication to the gay community pays tribute to the memory of Freddie Mercury, but what a strange combination it was.
In any case, it’s worth checking it out. If you were unfortunate enough to have missed it, click play below to let the madness begin.