The 15 Most Outrageous VMAs Looks Ever

The 15 Most Outrageous VMAs Looks Ever

The red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards, which airs tonight, is like a box of chocolates. Thanks to daring dressers like Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, and Lil’ Kim, you never know what you’re going to get. It’s the year’s most entertaining awards show, with someone always one-upping their jaw-dropping outfit from a previous year. Will Lady Gaga manage to shock us again? Is Miley going to well … just be Miley? We’ll find out tonight, but first, a look back at some of the most outrageous looks from past VMAs.

Scroll through for 15 insane VMAs moments.  

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    Jennifer Lopez 2000

    PHOTO: George De Sota/Newsmakers

    Remember when J.Lo and P. Diddy were an item? Well, we do, in all their blinged-out glory.

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    Britney Spears 2002

    PHOTO: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

    So much leather, Brit! 

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    Madonna 1984

    PHOTO: David McGough/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

    The original trendsetter at MTV’s first-ever Video Music Awards. 

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    Lil’ Kim 1999

    PHOTO: Ron Galella/WireImage

    To this day, we still wonder how the singer/rapper’s purple pasty stayed put.

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    Fergie 2006

    PHOTO: Jason Merritt/FilmMagic

    At the VMAs, anything goes, including Fergie’s crop top, bowler hat, and plaid shorts combo!

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    Janet Jackson 1995

    PHOTO: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc

    Jackson was clearly way ahead of the high-waisted trousers trend. (And, for that matter, the graphic t-shirt trend!)

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    Destiny’s Child 2001

    PHOTO: Jim Spellman/WireImage

    Turquoise? Check. Fringe? Check. Iconic girl group? Most definitely check!  

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    Amber Rose 2009

    PHOTO: Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic

    Rose gave a whole new meaning to second skin in this snakeskin-print bodysuit.

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    Katy Perry 2011

    PHOTO: Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic

    The singer’s Far East-inspired outfit included signature Perry elements, like plenty of embellishment and skin.

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    Lady Gaga 2010

    PHOTO: Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic

    We’ve never looked at raw beef the same way again after Lady Gaga’s infamous meat dress (and matching shoes).

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    Nicki Minaj 2011

    PHOTO: Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic

    Our only explanation for Minaj’s zany look? She somehow fell into a children’s toy box while covered in glue.

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    Gwen Stefani 1998

    PHOTO: Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage

    Stefani’s outfit—furry  bra top, platform sandals, bindi jewel art—is definitely a ‘90s throwback. 

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    Miley Cyrus 2013

    PHOTO: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for MTV

    There’s never a dull moment with Cyrus, who turned up in a skintight, bejeweled two-piece look. 

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    Beyoncé and Jay Z 2004

    PHOTO: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

    As if it wasn’t already clear that they were hip-hop’s reigning power couple, Bey and Jay showed up in matching white-and-gold outfits.

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    Spice Girls 1997

    PHOTO: Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage

    Of course the ultimate ‘90s girl group rocked platform sneakers, animal print, and baby-doll dresses! 

    What’s the most outrageous VMAs look you can remember? Tell us below!

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