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.
Remember when J.Lo and P. Diddy were an item? Well, we do, in all their blinged-out glory.
So much leather, Brit!
The original trendsetter at MTV’s first-ever Video Music Awards.
To this day, we still wonder how the singer/rapper’s purple pasty stayed put.
At the VMAs, anything goes, including Fergie’s crop top, bowler hat, and plaid shorts combo!
Jackson was clearly way ahead of the high-waisted trousers trend. (And, for that matter, the graphic t-shirt trend!)
Turquoise? Check. Fringe? Check. Iconic girl group? Most definitely check!
Rose gave a whole new meaning to second skin in this snakeskin-print bodysuit.
The singer’s Far East-inspired outfit included signature Perry elements, like plenty of embellishment and skin.
We’ve never looked at raw beef the same way again after Lady Gaga’s infamous meat dress (and matching shoes).
Our only explanation for Minaj’s zany look? She somehow fell into a children’s toy box while covered in glue.
Stefani’s outfit—furry bra top, platform sandals, bindi jewel art—is definitely a ‘90s throwback.
There’s never a dull moment with Cyrus, who turned up in a skintight, bejeweled two-piece look.
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.
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!