The MTV VMAs Red Carpet Looks That Shocked and Amazed Us

The MTV Video Music Awards may have gone on last year, but it's 100% back in 2021, folks—and that includes the red carpet. The VMAs red carpet has long been known as one of the boldest and most experimental of the year (Lady Gaga's meat dress in 2010 pretty much solidified that), so jaw-dropping looks are to be expected. This year, the big show is back at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and anticipation is high.

Appearances by Camila Cabello, Chlöe Bailey, Doja Cat, Justin and Hailey Bieber, Kacey Musgraves, Lil Nas X, Machine Gun Kelly, Shawn Mendes, Olivia Rodrigo, Billie Eilish, and Simone Biles (just to name a few) are expected and the anticipation is high. The red carpet may not be as jam-packed as in previous years, but the memorable fashion is hardly in short supply. Check out our favorites below and be sure to return as we'll be updating it with fresh new looks throughout the night.

Olivia Rodrigo 2021 VMAs

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WHO: Olivia Rodrigo

WEAR: Versace dress

Jennifer Lopez 2021 VMAs

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WHO: Jennifer Lopez

WEAR: David Koma outfit; Femme shoes; YEPREM and Kavant & Sharart jewelry

Doja Cat 2021 VMAs

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WHO: Doja Cat

WEAR: Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood dress

Camila Cabella VMAs 2021

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WHO: Camila Cabello

WEAR: Alexis Mabille dress; KATKIM earrings

Kacey Musgraves VMAs 2021

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WHO: Kacey Musgraves

WEAR: Valentino Couture dress, hat, and gloves; Schutz shoes

Lil Nas X VMAs 2021

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WHO: Lil Nas X

WEAR: Versace outfit

Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian VMAs 2021

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WHO: Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian

WEAR: Thom Browne suit; Olivier Theyskens dress; Lorraine Schwartz jewelry

Normani MTV VMAs 2021

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WHO: Normani

WEAR: Patrycja Pagas outfit

Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly VMAs 2021

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WHO: Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly

WEAR: Mugler dress; Lorraine Schwartz jewelry (on Megan Fox); Dolce & Gabbana suit; Christian Louboutin shoes (on Machine Gun Kelly)

Ciara VMAs 2021

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WHO: Ciara

WEAR: Tom Ford dress

Madison Beer 2021 VMAs

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WHO: Madison Beer

WEAR: Dolce & Gabbana dress; Wolford tights; Gianvito Rossi shoes; KATKIM ring; Mimi So earrings

Bia VMAs 2021 red carpet

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WHO: Bia

WEAR: Bottega Veneta dress, bag, and shoes

Shawn Mendes VMAs 2021

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WHO: Shawn Mendes

WEAR: Mans suit; Judy Turner Liza tank top

Leslie Grace VMAs 2021

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WHO: Leslie Grace

WEAR: Oscar de la Renta dress

Avril Lavigne VMAs 2021

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WHO: Avril Lavigne

WEAR: Area outfit

Alicia Keys VMAs 2021

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WHO: Alicia Keys

Wear: Louis Vuitton outfit

Billy Porter VMAs 2021

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WHO: Billy Porter

Dixie and Charlie D'Amelio

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WHO: Dixie and Charlie D'Amelio

WEAR: Aliétte dress (on Dixie D'Amelio)

Billie Eilish VMAs 2021

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WHO: Billie Eilish

Simone Biles VMAs 2021

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WHO: Simone Biles

Paris Hilton VMAs 2021

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WHO: Paris Hilton

WEAR: The Blonds dress

Halle Bailey VMAs 2021

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WHO: Halle Bailey

WEAR: Mônot dress

Chloe Bailey VMAs 2021

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WHO: Chloë Bailey

WEAR: Marni dress; Lorraine Schwartz jewelry

Anitta VMAs 2021

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WHO: Anitta

WEAR: Miss Sohee dress; Wempe jewelry

Winnie Harlow VMAs 2021

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WHO: Winnie Harlow

WEAR: LaQuan Smith outfit; Christian Louboutin shoes; Messika jewelry

Rita Ora VMAs 2021

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WHO: Rita Ora

WEAR: Vera Wang outfit; Lorraine Schwartz jewelry

Shay Mitchell VMAs 2021

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WHO: Shay Mitchell

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