25 Times Lady Gaga Outdid Herself During Her "Artpop" Era

    Her flying dress lives rent-free in my mind.

    It's no secret that Lady Gaga was truly ahead of her time when it came to her 2013 album, Artpop.

    Lady Gaga in white face makeup and colors running down her face as she wipes her mouth and shows off the Artpop tattoo on her forearm

    And now that fans have made the album re-enter the Top 10 on iTunes again nearly a decade after its release, it's time we look back at one of the most memorable eras in pop music history.

    I fell apart after I released this album. Thank you for celebrating something that once felt like destruction. We always believed it was ahead of its time. Years later turns out, sometimes, artists know. And so do little monsters. Paws up 🙌❤️❤️❤️

    So here are 25 iconic moments from the 2013–2014 Artpop era that will never, ever leave my brain:

    1. When she wore the world's first flying dress, called Volantis, during the 2013 artRAVE launch party in Brooklyn.

    Lady Gaga being carried by six propellers that are attatched to a white dress shaped like a body

    2. And when she also wore this inflatable get-up at the same party.

    Lady Gaga in an inflatable outfit that covers her face, minus some holes for her mouth and eyes

    3. When she debuted this big-ass sculpture that artist Jeff Koons created for her Artpop album cover.

    Gaga standing in front of a sculpture of herself in which her legs are spread and a giant blue ball sits in front of her

    4. When she put on what appeared to be a stylish condom while singing "Fashion!" alongside RuPaul during Lady Gaga and the Muppets Holiday Spectacular.

    Gaga singing wearing a brown headpiece that resembles a condom while next to RuPaul

    5. And when she performed a duet of her song "Gypsy" with Kermit the Frog during the same show. He is a muppet, after all.

    Gaga at the piano while Kermit sings

    6. When she had two men carry her into her hotel in Athens, Greece while wearing seashells.

    Gaga wearing two silver seashells and a net skirt while being carried by two men in headpieces

    And all while doing the "V" for "Venus" for the crowd.

    A back view of Gaga doin a V with her arms

    7. Speaking of "Venus," when she walked out of the Ritz in Berlin while barefoot to do the same pose.

    Gaga wearing a knee-length lace dress while doing a V with her arms

    8. When she had the cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills appear in her "G.U.Y." music video.

    The cast of #RHOBH in a @ladygaga music video? Timeless. Iconic. Historic. #ArtPop

    9. When she added sounds of an audience "booing" at her as she was dressed up like a blank canvas prior to singing "Applause" at the VMAs.

    Gaga wearing a white piece of cardboard on her face and a white frock

    And then ended the performance in a seashell bikini.

    Gaga spelling out Artpop with her hands while in a seashell bra and bikini bottom that has flowers on it

    10. When she wore this inflatable spike dress to the VIP Room night club in Paris.

    Gaga stepping out of her car in a dress that's all holographic spikes

    11. Speaking of Paris, when she also cut two holes out of a tablecloth and wore it as a Halloween costume while leaving a restaurant.

    Gaga with a tablecloth over her and holes on her eyes

    12. When she filmed her very own lyric video for "Applause" by randomly showing up to a drag show at Micky's in West Hollywood.

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    13. When she arrived to the Roseland Ballroom in her most abominable outfit.

    Gaga stepping out of a taxi in an all white furry outfit that covers her face

    14. When Gaga and Christina Aguilera wore similar outfits, performed "Do What U Want," and drank champagne together on The Voice.

    15. When she channeled Salvador Dalí by wearing this mustache during her AMPYA Artpop listening party in Germany.

    Gaga in white eyeliner and a fake handlebar mustache while at the piano singing Gypsy

    16. When she got covered in "paint" during her infamous SXSW performance that I'll just let you google for yourself.

    Gaga covered from head to toe in paint

    17. When Rihanna tweeted some lyrics to "Sexxx Dreams"...

    Lastnight.... YOU were in my sex dreams!!

    And Gaga completed the lyric.

    @rihanna doing really NASTY THINGS *dancing gaga*

    Twitter: @ladygaga

    18. When she released a whole Artpop app that accompanied the album. When constructing your profile on the app, you could select which lyric from Artpop represents you, with one of them being "Enigma." "Enigma," of course, later became the name of Gaga's Vegas residency show, as well as a song on her latest album, Chromatica.

    I still have the ARTPOP APP installed in my phone and I’m shook. I thought this was a fever dream

    Twitter: @ucancallmekim

    The app store listing described the app this way: "Lady Gaga brings you a musical and visual engineering system that combines music, art, fashion, and technology with a new interactive worldwide community — 'the auras.' Altering the human experience, we bring ARTculture into POP in a reverse Warholian expedition."

    19. When she put on a whole theater production of The Wizard of Oz when performing "Applause" on Good Morning America. She started by channeling Dorothy, with Toto and all.

    Gaga singing in a short black bob while carrying a real dog in a basket

    And then proceeded to go down a yellow brick road with her own dancing Tin Man, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, and flying monkey.

    Four dancers dressed up as Oz characters

    All before she went through an outfit change into Glinda.

    Gaga in a short green wig and a pink dress, along with a magic wand

    She then ripped off her own outfit/wig and held an apple for some reason while a different witch, who I presume was the Wicked Witch, stole her apple.

    Gaga holding out an apple while a witch with long green hair sneaks up on her

    Gaga then ripped the witch's wig off, because why not?

    Gaga angrily snatching the wig off the witch's head

    She then swung said wig around and pretended to wear it.

    Finally, she then went through a final costume change with a new brown wig, shoulder pads, and a big checkered bow. Mind you, this all took place in under six minutes. I'm telling you, it was a PRODUCTION.

    Gaga dancing in a pink jacket with huge shoulder pads and a big bow

    20. When she gifted a reporter a seashell pin so he could match with her outfit on BBC Breakfast.

    Gaga with a big wavy wig on that has a big seashell in it, and a reporter wearing a seashell pin

    21. When she stepped out in Berlin with this headpiece on. I'm unsure how she got around.

    Gaga in a giant triangular headpiece that looks like it's made of fur

    22. When she arrived at the American Music Awards atop a giant horse being operated by two people.

    Gaga riding on a white mechanical horse operated by two men in latex

    23. When she left her London hotel with this artsy look that, much like her outfit, left us in pieces.

    Gaga wearing a dress that looks like it's made of scraps of fabric along with white face and arm paint

    24. When she wore this set of false teeth throughout the era. Here she is at the YouTube Awards.

    Gaga wearing fake teeth that look distorted

    And here she is with them again during a short promo film for the album.

    Gaga in those same teeth, but with her eyes covered

    25. And finally, when she performed "Dope" at the artRAVE and a fan, who sounds like Toad from the Nintendo universe, screamed in the background. This clip has been more of a recent phenomenon.

    everyday i think about lady gaga performing one of her most emotional songs and then someone who sounds exactly like toad from mario screams in the crowd

    Via youtube.com

    Was there an iconic Artpop moment I missed? Let me know!