Brooklyn’s VMAs: Lady Gaga Vs. Katy Perry

Didn’t know that the MTV VMAs were in Brooklyn this year? ‘If not,” says, ‘Katy Perry made sure to drive the point home by performing at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge to close out the show. Brooklyn! Dressed in a tiger-print sports bra and full boxer regalia, Perry stood in the middle of a boxing ring and performed her new single “Roar.” The airy outdoor setting gave Perry lots of space to work with, and she certainly took advantage of it: She jumped, she boxed, she jumped rope.

It’s hard to say how much of a boost she got from that bridge beautifully lit up behind her like the world’s most expensive setpiece, but it certainly felt like one of the night’s stronger performances — and definitely more entertaining than Lady Gaga’s opener, even though its five costume changes were Diana Ross-ishly impressive.

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