LADY GAGA 1
KATY PERRY 1
Lady Gaga's highly-anticipated return to the stage was tame by Gaga standards - no alien eggs, blood or cross-dressing.
On the red carpet, the 27-year-old revealed that "MTV always wants me to one-up myself", and she certainly did, leaving behind the gimmicks of yesteryear to give one of her best awards show performances for new single Applause.
She wore five different costumes on stage - including a big white robe with her face framed by a square canvas - and ended off with a clamshell bikini that she stayed in for the rest of the show.
Katy Perry, 28, whose comeback track Roar has already scored a win over Gaga on the charts - it has 557,000 downloads, compared to 218,000 for Gaga's Applause.
But live, Perry was more of a tame kitty than the lioness she labelled herself on her sports jacket.
Her hyped-up performance of inspirational anthem Roar under the Brooklyn Bridge, with its "fighter in a boxing ring" treatment was decent at best, unimaginative at worst.
Which brings us to a tie in the ongoing Gaga-Perry rivalry.
That's just a little too obvious and anti-climactic.