Lady Gaga's performance at the VMAs mirrored her "Applause" video, where she plays a wide array of characters from German Expressionist films, iconic works of art, and herself in past videos like "Alejandro" and "Telephone." As she sang, "One second I'm a Koons, then suddenly the Koons is me," she and her dancers held blue metallic Jeff Koons gazing balls, before she transformed into one of Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe paintings (1962) and Sandro Botticelli's The Birth of Venus (1486). When she sings, "Pop culture was in art now / Art's in Pop culture in me" she means it.