i only watched the very beginning and very end of the vma's (so happy that jt won best video!). i've never been a fan of lady gaga, but her performance really impressed me. not because i actually enjoyed it, but because i noticed a few artistic influences. i love when artists (even pop artists) reference other works. it just shows they they are knowledgeable and possibly worthwhile. these references may have not been direct or even planned, they are just my observations.
in the very first scene, gaga shows just her face through a white wall (later we see she is wearing almost a whole nun's getup). this reminded me of brancusi's sleeping muse sculptures: