And the Momma Monster didn't let us down.
"Applause" is everything you want in a Lady Gaga video: weird broken DaVinci angel, Gaga as Botticelli's Venus de Milo, a bikini that you're not quite sure how it's staying on through all the dancing and of course Gaga's head on a swan body.
And that's just the stuff that's easily understood.
I didn't mention Gaga as a pony or the fact that she's in a top hat or... wait — is that a Flashdance reference?
Oh, and by the way, Miley Cyrus, take note: If you want to be naked in your videos, this is how you do it.
It's good to see Gaga up and about and back in shape after her hip surgery in February. Recovery looks good on her.
Up next for Gaga? A live debut of "Applause" at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday.
Lady Gaga can always be counted on to bring the spectacle to pop music. And for that, Gaga, we applaud you.
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