Ready to tune in to the virtual Video Music Awards? Due to the coronavirus pandemic, several A-list events and awards shows in 2020 have been canceled. However, on Sunday, August 30, Hollywood’s finest entertainers brought their A-game to the MTV VMAs.
From Bebe Rexha and Jaden Smith to Joey King and Madison Beer, we can’t get over just how fabulous all of the artists looked. Though the red carpet was like none we’ve ever seen before, the celebrities did their best to bring the fun and fashion as they stepped out.
Of course, the Video Music Awards have a long history of having the most over-the-top style moments. We mean, come on, who could forget Lady Gaga‘s meat dress in 2010? If that doesn’t ring a bell, how about Lil Kim‘s infamous purple pasty moment in 1999?
“I wanted to make something really ornate and feminine and pretty, to offset the fact that she had one breast out,” Kim’s longtime stylist Misa Hylton told PopSugar on August 27 of the iconic ensemble.µ
“Missy Elliott actually inspired the look. We were hanging out one weekend and we were talking about fashion and Lil’ Kim, and she said, ‘You know what? If I was Kim, I would just say f–k it and I would have one titty out … because Kim could do some crazy s–t like that,'” Misa recalled. “So I just said, ‘Wow, that would be kind of hot.’ So I saved the idea.”
In recent years, celebrities have even begun to recycle each other’s old looks. At the 2014 VMAs, Katy Perry and rapper Riff Raff recreated Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears’ all-denim outfits from the 2001 American Music Awards. Granted, Katy and Riff Raff were being ironic, while Justin and Britney, who were America’s sweethearts at the time, wore their, er, interesting Canadian tuxedos with full confidence.
Speaking of Britney, at the 2019 Video Music Awards, not one but two attendees took a play out of her “I’m a Slave 4 U” playbook. Both popular YouTuber Tana Mongeau and singer-songwriter H.E.R. wore live (yes, LIVE) snakes around their necks.
While no animals made their way onto the red carpet this year, it was still a memorable night! Scroll through the gallery below to see a roundup of looks from the 2020 VMAs.
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