For those tuning in from home, the boos may have been muffled by "woohoos" and audience cheers. But they were definitely there for both artists, although their authenticity was not.
Lady Gaga opened the show with a wig-enhanced performance of her latest single, "Applause." The visual singer started off garbed in an extreme nun's habit, fulfilled several costume changes and didn't break her focus throughout her performance despite chiding from the audience.
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It turns out those boos you may or may not have heard were done "purposely," the singer verified Monday.
"only @LadyGaga would purposely put booing in her performance hahah," one of her followers tweeted.
To which she replied and retweeted, "That is correct."
However, some of the evening's big winners were not so lucky, despite their global success.
One Direction, the British emsemble that boasts Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne, took home the Moon Man for "Best.Song.Ever.," which was dubbed song of the summer. When the boy band surprisingly beat out Robin Thicke, Selena Gomez, Calvin Harris and Daft Punk, they took the stage but not without jeering.
A roar of boos was cacophonous among the chorus of cheers. So much for New York having the best fans in the world ...
Backstage, the boys ignored the diss and thanked fans. But she of the seashell thong didn't stand for it.
"Don't you dare let those people boo you," Lady Gaga reportedly told the band, according to E! News. "If I did hear what I heard out there, I just want to tell you that you deserve every bit of success that you have. I want to leave right now. I don't want to stay anymore because I don't want to be in a room where people are booing."
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