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MTV VMAs: See the 20 Most Outrageous Red Carpet Looks Of All Time


If you show up to the Video Music Awards in a simple ball gown, you’re doing it all wrong. Unlike the Academy Awards or Met Gala, MTV’s signature awards show is not the place for couture. Instead, it’s a chance for music’s biggest stars to let their freak flags fly, sartorially speaking. And fly they have. Over the years, we’ve seen Lady Gaga come in a dress made out of meat, Katy Perry pay homage to Britney Spears’s denim gown circa 2001, and Pamela Anderson don a very, very fuzzy pink hat. Then, of course, there has also been plenty of skin, starting with Carmen Electra in 1997, leading all the way up to Miley Cyrus’s metallic moment in 2015 that left little to the imagination. Ahead of Monday’s awards, we take a look back at the 20 most memorable and outrageous red carpet looks of all time.

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Miley Cyrus arrives to the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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Britney Spears arrives at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. August 29, 2002.

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Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson arrive at the 1999 MTV Music Video Awards held at the Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center in New York City on September 9, 1999.

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Christina Aguilera at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York.

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Lil’ Kim during The 1999 MTV Video Music Awards at Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, New York, United States.

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Destiny’s Child during 2001 MTV Video Music Awards at The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, New York,

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Jennifer Lopez during 2004 MTV Video Music Awards – Arrivals at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida, United States.

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Carmen Electra posing outdoors on a red carpet in a long black sheath dress with cutaway sides at the MTV Video Music Awards, Radio City Music Hall, New York City.

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Fergie of Black Eyed Peas during 2006 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York, United States.

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Rose McGowan and Marilyn Manson during 15th Annual MTV Video Music Awards at Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles, California.

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Nicki Minaj arrives at the The 28th Annual MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

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Avril Lavigne and Kelly Osbourne during 2003 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York, United States.

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Macy Gray during 2001 MTV Video Music Awards at The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, New York, United States.

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Jessie J arrives at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, CA.

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Gwen Stefani attends the 15th Annual MTV Video Music Awards on September 10, 1998 at Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California.

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Lady Gaga poses in the press room at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre on September 13, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA.

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Charli XCX attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California.

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Riff Raff and Katy Perry arrives at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California.

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Blac Chyna and Amber Rose arrive at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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