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Beyonce as her onstage alter ego Sasha Fierce at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2009. Christopher Polk / Getty Images hide caption

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Pop Personae: Why Do Some Women Perform In Character?

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Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos. Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images hide caption

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Remasters And Bonus Tracks: Reissued So Soon

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Katy Perry (left) and Snoop Dogg perform at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards in June. Christopher Polk/Getty Images hide caption

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Pop Off: He Raps, She Sings. Does It Still Count As A Duet?

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Pop Off: Can Kanye Call This A Comeback?

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Lady Gaga's spectacle is so dazzling, it can be hard to wrap your head around the questions her performances pose. Jemal Countess/Getty Images hide caption

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Lady Gaga in her controversial video for "Telephone." courtesy of artist hide caption

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