Taylor, Miley, Gaga vie for attention at MTV VMAs
NEW YORK (AP) - Miley Cyrus became the rare artist to upstage Lady Gaga, but a vengeful Taylor Swift managed to take the spotlight from both during the MTV Video Music Awards.
Swift appeared to utter an expletive when One Direction appeared at Sunday night's award show - a moment that lit up Twitter and was memorialised immediately in a GIF online - before thanking a former beau for helping her win another moonman trophy for I Knew You Were Trouble.
"I also want to thank the person who inspired this song, who knows exactly who he is, because I got one of these," Swift said. "Thank you so much!" Gaga changed costumes four times during her first return to the stage since hip surgery as she performed her new single Applause at the top of the show.
It was a predictably unpredictable appearance for Gaga, who seemed to pump in boos over the over the sound system as she opened the song in a white nun's habit and square headdress. By the time she finished the song, she was surrounded by unitard-clad male dancers and wearing a thong bikini decorated in shells and a long blonde wig.