Gaga swept the ceremony, winning two coveted Moon Man trophies before the official telecast even started (best dance video for "Bad Romance" and best collaboration for "Telephone," her epic with Beyonce Knowles), and later picking up statues for best female video, best pop video and video of the year, among others. In total, she hauled home eight awards.
With Statue of Liberty-like crowns and gowns that defied reasonable conceptions of what might constitute a wardrobe -- she accepted the video of the year award wearing a dress made of meat -- Gaga further affirmed her status as the music industry's biggest spectacle. Even Nicki Minaj, the awfully good hip-hop up-and-comer with an out-of-the-box attitude similar to Gaga's, couldn't quite compare.
"Tonight, little monsters, we're the cool kids of the party," Gaga told her fans while accepting the best female video award for "Bad Romance," adding, "Thank you to all the gays for remaking this video over and over again."
Later, Gaga overrode a somewhat dismissive introduction by 64-year-old music icon Cher ("I have shoes older than most of these nominees") while accepting the video of the year award.