The Only VMAs Looks We'll Still Be Talking About on Tuesday Morning

We don’t really play favorites when it comes to red carpet events. Be it the Oscars, Emmys or Tonys, each award show has something special to bring to the table. But tonight’s MTV Video Music Awards feels special, and it’s not just because Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B are both in attendance.

Combine some of the music industry’s most creative, outspoken, and varied musical talents on one red carpet and you’re sure to see an explosion of personal style that’s theatrical, bold, and unexpected (see: Lady Gaga in a meat dress, Gwen Stefani in a not-so-sailor-approved nautical ensemble). Tonight, there shouldn’t be any shortage of memorable (perhaps even history-making) moments. At the very least, the looks ahead are the ones ripe for conversation at the water cooler—or more likely, on Instagram—tomorrow.