How we rated Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus/Robin Thicke, Kanye West, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Justin Timberlake/NSYNC, Drake, Bruno Mars, and Katy Perry in Brooklyn
Lady Gaga promised a ''giant metaphor'' for her opening act, but delivered a fairly subtle song-and-dance instead. After a bizarro, bug-eyed, extreme-close-up opening with her face poking through what appeared to be a white wall, she stepped back and revealed a sort of nun's habit with pearls which, naturally, was quickly stripped off by her dancers ... but not before a chorus of ''boos'' played.
This confusion quickly gave way to a sleek and fast-moving, if underwhelming performance. In her all-black leotard, she was able to blow through a series of surface-y costume changes, aided by her Sprockets-like dancers. Did Gaga reclaim the downward-spiraling Artpop promotional cycle? No. But she didn't let her concept drown out the music, either. B-
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