Lady Gaga kicks off MTV's VMAs in Brooklyn

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Busta Rhymes, from left, and Lady Gaga arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Scott Gries/Invision/AP)
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Busta Rhymes, from left, and Lady Gaga arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, …

NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga kicked off the MTV Video Music Awards by being predictably unpredictable.

The pop star changed costumes four times Sunday night during her first return to the stage since hip surgery as she performed her new single "Applause."

Gaga appeared to pump in boos as she opened the song in a white nun's habit and square headdress. Black unitard-clad dancers helped her change into a blue miniskirt and jacket with oversized shoulder pads, a black unitard and eventually a thong bikini decorated in shells.

It was the first performance of a night full of stars as the VMAs aired from Brooklyn's Barclays Center for the first time. Justin Timberlake, fellow top nominees Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Katy Perry, Drake, Kanye West, Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke are among those scheduled to perform.

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