I don't think any of Janet's VMA performances were groundbreaking, but I think the '93 TTWLG/If medley was amazing and memorable, and she absolutely killed Doesn't Really Matter in 2000. The 2009 "Scream" MJ tribute is pretty memorable too.
Brit & Madonna Kiss
Like A Virgin
Those are honestly the only performances that are actually iconic and contributed to pop culture.
Gagas performance was by no means iconic. Her meat dress is iconic, but her performance was not.
None of Beyonces have been iconic. the DC performance of Cater 2 U on the BET awards is iconic.
Wait, are you implying that Gaga wore the meat dress the same year she performed Paparazzi? If you are, she didn't.
Gaga's 2011 VMA performance is nowhere near iconic but it'd be unfair to not give credit to the 2009 Paparazzi performance.
As for my other faves, Beyoncé's Love On Top performance was amazing but I wouldn't call it iconic. And we all know Brit's had some.
Originally posted by Lady Gaga's old hair stylist
One day, when she was mumbling more than normal, which I found out later was her actually speaking in tongues, I saw the number 666 and I quickly asked for God to protect me. She rose up out of her chair and floated 3 feet above the ground while yelling "YOUR GOD IS NOT HERE MICHAEL."