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MTV VMAs: See What Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, and More Wore to Their First VMA Red Carpet


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Some performers have become so commonly associated with the MTV VMAs that it may be hard to conjure up a memory of what they looked like the first time they walked the carpet—but hey, there’s a first time for everything. Take Madonna, for example, who appeared at the first VMAs in 1984 to perform “Like A Virgin” while wearing her own version of a wedding gown, or Jennifer Lopez, who wore an oversized cream-colored suit paired with a teeny tiny white bra and a cowboy hat in 1998 (see, the yeehaw agenda was invented long before 2019). And just a year before she would become embroiled in one of the most controversial moments to occur onstage at the VMAs, a Fearless-era Taylor Swift arrived in a demure dress for the carpet. Before we see what sartorial tricks are up their sleeves for the 2019 ceremony, take a look back at the first time your favorite musical artists graced the VMA red carpet.

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Madonna arrives at her first ever MTV Music Video Awards at the Tavern on the Green in NYC on September 14, 1984. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Courtney Love arrives with Francis Bean and Kurt Kobain at the 1993 MTV Music Video awards on September 2nd, 1993. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Lil Kim (right) arrives to her first MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in NYC on September 4, 1997. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Jennifer Lopez at her first MTV Video Music Awards at the Universal Amphitheater in Universal City on September 10, 1998. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Britney Spears at her first MTV Video Music Awards held at the Metropolitan Opera House in NYC on September 9, 1999. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Christina Aguilera arrives at her first MTV Video Music Awards held at the Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center in NYC on September 9, 1999. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Gwen Stefani arrives at her first MTV Video Music Awards awards with her band, No Doubt, on September 5th, 1996. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Taylor Swift arrives at her first MTV Video Music Awards at Paramount Pictures Studios on September 7, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Nicki Minaj at her first MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 12, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Justin Bieber arrives a his first MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on September 13, 2009 in NYC. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Katy Perry arrives at her first MTV Video Music Awards at Paramount Pictures Studios on September 7, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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The Spice Girls at their first MTV Video Music Awards, Radio City Music Hall, New York City on September 4th, 1997. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Selena Gomez arrives at her first MTV Video Music Awards at NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on September 12, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Demi Lovato at her first MTV Video Music Awards on September 7, 2008 in Hollywood, California. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Beyonce Knowles arrives as a solo artist for the first time at the MTV Video Music Awards at at Radio City Music Hall in NYC. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Adele arrives at her first MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Rihanna arrives at her first MTV Video Music Awards in Florida, United States on August 28th, 2005. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Miley Cyrus arrives at her first MTV Video Music Awards at Paramount Pictures Studios on September 7, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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One Direction arrives at their first MTV Video Music Awards at the Staples Centre, Los Angeles on September 6th, 2012. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Ariana Grande arrives at her first MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn, NYC. Photo courtesy of Getty Images