Lady Gaga made nine costume, mask & antler changes at the 2020 VMAs

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MTV decided to go ahead with their VMAs this year. The audience sounds (cheering and laughing) were reused from other VMA ceremonies from past years, but there was an audience, mostly with people hotboxing their cars and watching the live performances. There weren’t many celebrities in attendance, and Lady Gaga was one of the few – she performed, she was given one of the Vanguard awards and she also ended up “winning” a bunch of other VMAs, I believe because she was just one of the few people there. She picked up awards for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Collab and Best Cinematography. Gaga seemed to revel in the attention, because of course she did.

I think I know how Gaga spent part of her lockdown too: watching the Hannibal TV series. There was so much stag/antler imagery in that series and look at how many times Gaga used similar imagery. Antlers on her head, antlers and horns on her masks, and about nine full costume changes. Exhausting.

Her “white carpet” look, coat by Area.

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This gown is by Christoper John Rogers. It was actually my favorite look of the night.

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This was Iris van Herpen. My least favorite look?

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The cape/coat and catsuit were Valentino. Eh.

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Hannibal Season 4 here we come.

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  1. Jekelly says:

    Is it me or does her face kind of look kardashian in these photos?

    • Sojaschnitzel says:

      Not just you. Something has changed. It looks great, but it’s noticeably different.

    • Chartreuse says:

      She may be tweaked but no where near kadashian. They don’t look anything resembling former selves.

      I love her masks 🎭 ❤️🎭

    • clomo says:

      Yes, it’s like she went to their plastic surgeon, I wonder who they use, these docs have recognizable styles. I only think Kourtney and Kendell are normal looking people, all the other adults minus Yeezus Christ look way over worked, Khloe and PMK have tiny noses now and it looks very odd to me.

  2. Sojaschnitzel says:

    Looove this hair colour. Has she done sth to her face? Her eyebrows look different, I think? Either way to me she looks the best she’s ever done.

  3. Snuffles says:

    I was living for all the crazy masks. I knew she would elevate mask wearing into an art form.

    • Alexandria says:

      One good thing is Covid has normalized masks (for most folks). I wonder if this makes the Muslim ladies who wear face coverings, in my country, more acceptable and get lesser attention. I hope it has.

      • Stacy Dresden says:

        Oh yes I hope so too!

      • lucy2 says:

        I never thought of that, but good point! I hope so.

        I like the green gown.

      • Valerie says:

        I would hope so too, but from what I’ve read, it might only make the xenophobes more xenophobic. There are already abounding theories that the push for masks is an attempt to normalize Muslim garments, so that one day, we might all be wearing burqas. Which is… The stupidest thing I’ve ever read? If this is “China’s fault,” what does that have to do with Islam? lol. They didn’t even try to make that one make sense!

      • Deeliahs says:

        What an absurd statement. Celebrating wearing masks??? I mean….

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I loved that she kept encouraging people to wear masks as well!

      Gaga’s crazy fashion was kind of a nice respite from the gloom and doom on the news. These are bleak times, and Gaga provided some fun.

  4. Aang says:

    I feel like Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande were kind of boring. It was fine but just kind of blah. The Latin music was great and BTS was so fun and entertaining.

  5. Léna says:

    Artist of the year? Blah

  6. Mina_Esq says:

    Truth be told, I enjoyed all of the outfits. I usually find Gaga exhausting but, after months of ‘blah’, I’m here for this.

  7. Silver Charm says:

    I feel like she was the anchor of the show, performer-wise (not going to highjack with how great KeKe was hosting). As unpredictable as Gaga is she’s also consistent. Being one of the first award shows in These Uncertain Times was a tough job and they needed a veteran like Gaga.

  8. Mina_Esq says:

    I also just imagined sending my kid to daycare in one of those bubble helmets, and it made me happy:)

  9. Case says:

    She definitely got the awards because she showed up. Which is unfortunate, because this is supposed to be fan-voted.

    • Reggy says:

      Yeah? And fans voted for her. I guess you’re a fan of the other nominees lol

      • Case says:

        No, I think Gaga is awesome! I just found it suspicious that she won so many awards and just so happened to be one of the only people in attendance.

    • Jules says:

      All these award shows are fake, artists have publicly said this.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I thought it was odd that Ariana didn’t accept her awards on stage, but she performed with Gaga. So she was there, but just didn’t accept the awards?

      Also, Gaga’s fandom is pretty active online, so it’s not really surprising that she won a few fan voted awards.

      • Case says:

        @Tiffany — it has come out that a lot of the show wasn’t really live. Many performances were shot in LA or in advance in NYC. So it’s likely they shot their Rain on Me performance a different day than Gaga shot the award acceptance portion of the show.

        Very weird setup. They kinda lied about…a lot, lol. The main stage was mostly CGI, the performances were mostly in a studio, and even the seemingly “live” performances,” like the drive-in, apparently happened earlier in the week. All understandable since we’re in the middle of a pandemic, but super strange that they actively lied and said it was a live event in NYC.

      • Jules says:

        @case- yes, it’s all fake!

  10. lobstah says:

    I’m here for it! In these dark, bleak, anxiety-ridden times, she was our shiny disco ball. Even leading up to the show, she was posting teasers, and I appreciated it. Made things feel a little more normal if not nostalgic – took me back to her early days. I’ll take the spectacle right now!

  11. Eleonor says:

    The only thing I complain is Gaga shoe choice.
    I love the Iris van Herpen

  12. Flamingo says:

    The green gown was gorgeous, but I have a real thing for evening gowns. She has worn some great big puffy gowns. The one to the oscars a few years ago was fantastic.

  13. Lfan says:

    Loved that rainbow number I don’t know why but when she came out I thought wow! That’s art. (Which I appreciate in fashion) I love gowns too. But for the VMAs I appreciate the creativity.
    Note to self I need to up my mask game ☺️😷

  14. Lucy says:

    The fact that she made a point of wearing a mask the whole time is great. I liked her a lot last night.

  15. Snowslow says:

    It’s funny how her wackiness really feels like a balm these days. Love all the outfits (although I didn’t see them in motion). If you have money and are an entertainer, entertain in an artistic, joyful way. She loves the attention but gives lots back.

  16. Amando says:

    I like the costumes, but its those horrible platform shoes she’s been wearing for years that need to go.

    • Div says:

      Same. She has great costumes (her stylist is always on point), but her shoe game is awful.

      • Reggy says:

        She loves those pleasers. Nothing will tear her away. She’s only 5ft2. I’m always scared she will break her neck in them though

    • TAM says:

      I remember she wore those sky-high stiletto boots to multiple award shows last year. She had them in different colors. I am always nervous she’d break her ankle or something.

  17. Div says:

    I’ve always liked Gaga even if she grates at times, but I found her pretty amusing last night & I appreciate her discussing wearing a mask (and her recent charity efforts). She’s definitely far more enjoyable in the music scene than the acting scene…you can tell she feels at home/comfortable in that crowd. I’m kind of surprised she showed up because she rarely goes to events these days…I don’t think she even went to the Grammys last year and she won a few awards.

    She can be a bit much, but I prefer her brand of being a bit much/enjoying the attention and then disappearing every 3-6 month versus the celebs who cry about not enjoying the attention and then stage pap photos every few weeks or clearly feed info the tabs (e.g. Jen Garner, Brad Pitt, Ben Affleck, etc.). Like I actually like Jen and Ben, but Ariana and Gaga are arguably far more famous and yet get papped 1/1000th of the time those two do.

    • Grant says:

      This! Their “look at me” moments are much more tolerable when they’re (1) not weekly and (2) they own them (**Lisa Rinna voice**).

  18. Reggy says:

    She’s one of the biggest artists in the game with a no 1 album this summer and some of you say they only gave her the award bc she showed up…..

    And y’all make it sound bad that she enjoys being a pop star. Its better to embrace it than be too cool for school like Billie eilash

  19. Jenba says:

    That last look of hers is giving me major Shredder vibes 🐢🗡

  20. Suz says:

    Quarantine or not, the VMA’s haven’t been the same since the early 00s. Once MTV changed its format from music television to Teen Mom/superficial hot people on the Real World, it just wasn’t the same. Rewatch some of the VMA’s from the 90s. They were wild. The only thing that took away the sting of having to go back to school was knowing the VMAs would be on that first week of September.

  21. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    It’s KK with an imagination!

  22. Lady D says:

    Her mask in the green gown looks like something the Umbrella Corporation whipped up while waiting for Alice to show.

  23. MB says:

    I love all these looks and dont find her exhausting at all. We need an injection of glamour and art at this point.

  24. tan says:

    funny that no one questions why she is wearing antlers

  25. Madpoe says:

    Idve like to see Bork in the last outfit😃

  26. alex says:

    i want to start out by saying i like gaga— but good god, she’s been ripping off grimes’ aesthetic so hard it’s distracting. it looks like she watched the We Appreciate Power video once and crafted her entire chromatica era based on the visuals. obviously grimes did not invent the cyberpunk aesthetic but it’s almost uncomfortably obvious where gaga’s inspiration came from. look at the “concept” of chromatica vs. the concept of miss anthropocene and the visuals associated with both……. it’s not a coincidence. every picture of gaga now is her clutching a dagger in some trying-very-hard sci-fi costume and it’s clear that she’s trying her very hardest to co-opt grimes’s whole vibe. gaga is crazy talented but it’s pretty clear her creative stream ran dry years ago and that’s why most of her visuals are rip-offs now.

  27. Ai says:

    I am an adult that only watched this show just for BTS, who are talented musicians. I also enjoyed Gaga and Chile & Halle too.