In the midst of the 2022 Grammys’ sparkling commotion — the style and celebrities, the performances and accolades — there is a moment indelibly engraved in the universe, captured on camera by a fan I would like to personally thank for their service.
The video by @Ttaetae Pteryong begins on the bustling MGM Grand stadium floor, where we see BTS’ V. He returns a fleeting glance to the rest of his party before making a beeline for Lady Gaga with the confidence of a thousand men. Gaga, dressed to the nines in a baby blue gown, greets him as if he were an old friend.
They take a step forward and exchange pleasantries. In a genuine gesture, he taps his chest, and she responds by softly resting her hands on his shoulders. We don’t know what they say, but I hope he tells her that ArtPop didn’t get the credit it deserved, and she informs him that she just got an ARMY Bomb in the mail.
The universe holds its breath as they embrace. They then move on to take a group photo. She moves her head so that they are face to cheek. Gaga appears to have attained her final form as Mother Monster. V appears to have seen heaven. They said their goodbyes with an il bacetto (a lovely double air kiss on the cheek), because Gaga is an Italian girl from New York.
I’m confident that the art kid gods predestined this interaction. Gaga, a Manhattan club kid who studied music at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, sang jazz standards in a homage to Tony Bennett yesterday night (April 3). Meanwhile, V learned to play the saxophone as a child and attends art museums in Paris on a regular basis, much like a studious disciple of the masters. She is one of the world’s largest pop artists, and he is a member of the world’s biggest band.
Consider them to be buddies. They’d throw the most elegant dinner parties, the most polished salons, and the most inspiring poetry slams in the world.
V is known for his soft caring, and Gaga has shown a plenty of it this week, from her memorable “I got you” to Liza Minnelli at the Oscars to holding SZA’s train as she walked onstage on crutches to accept the Grammy for Best Pop Duo Performance with Doja Cat.
What could they achieve if they worked together? I’m trembling in the shadow of their might.
Their friendship may be just a glimmer in my eye right now, but I have faith that it will soon become a reality. Suga, a member of BTS, had earlier in the night chosen Gaga as his ideal collaborator. And Suga typically gets what he wants.