08/26/2013 08:00 EDT

Lady Gaga Channels Angelina Jolie At 2013 MTV VMAs (PHOTOS)

We can always count on Lady Gaga for being unpredictable on the red carpet.

The "Applause" singer showed up at the 2013 MTV VMAs not in an egg or in a meat dress (bo-ring!) but in a rather understated yet sexy look that channeled Angelina Jolie's goth ensemble at the 2000 Oscars.

"Mother Monster", as her fans dub her, sported a more laidback look complete with Jolie-esque raven hair, natural makeup and a long black Prabal Gurung dress which wasn't quite as sexy and Angie's Elvira-inspired gown but was definitely not as avant-garde as most of her former outfits (see Kermit jacket).

So, what's going on? Is that really Lady Gaga underneath the nearly makeup-free face and a dress that has an actual sparkly sash tied around it?

Fortunately, we were able to breathe a sigh of relief when the high heel lover got up on stage and changed not once, but a fabulous five times. Now that's the Gaga we know and love.

And for comparison...

See all the stars on the 2013 VMA red carpet:

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