19 VMA Outfits We Can’t Forget (Even If We Tried)

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by Chrissy Mahlmeister

Dudes, it’s been 30 years since our first Video Music Awards and a lot
of sartorial moments have gone down on the red carpet, onstage, and
everywhere in between. By now, we’ve basically seen it all, but here are
19 VMAs outfits that, for better or worse, can’t seem to escape our
memory.

LADY GAGA’S MEAT DRESS

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THE YEAR: 2010

THE THING WE’LL NEVER FORGET: Her filet beret. Oh, and that it was a dress made of meat.MADONNA’S WEDDING GOWN

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THE YEAR: 1984

THE THING WE’LL NEVER FORGET: For starters, she sang “Like a Virgin” in a wedding dress on top of a cake wearing a belt that said “Boy Toy.”LIL’ KIM’S NIPPLE PASTY

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THE YEAR: 1999

THE THING WE’LL NEVER FORGET: How well that sequin seashell stayed put. (Shout out to Diana Ross for testing the adhesive.)CHRISTINA AGUILERA’S BELLY-BARING ENSEMBLE

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THE YEAR: 2002

THE THING WE’LL NEVER FORGET: That she managed to create an entire ensemb’ around her six-pack. GWEN STEFANI’S SPACE-AGE OUTFIT

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THE YEAR: 1998

THE THING WE’LL NEVER FORGET: The blue buns. No wait, the bindis. No wait, the furry bra. IDK, the whole thing is outta this world, y’all.MILEY CYRUS’ MOUSE ONESIE

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THE YEAR: 2013

THE THING WE’LL NEVER FORGET: The latex nude two-piece that lay beneath. NICKI MINAJ’S HARAJUKU RAVER ENSEMBLE

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THE YEAR: 2011

THE THING WE’LL NEVER FORGET: How it suddenly made our personal accessory collection feel very inferior.ROSE MCGOWAN’S BARELY-THERE DRESS

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THE YEAR: 1998

THE THING WE’LL NEVER FORGET: How we saw Rose McGowan 99% naked at the VMAs.BRITNEY SPEARS’ SNAKE ACCESSORY

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THE YEAR: 2001

THE THING WE’LL NEVER FORGET: How she wore an actual boa as a boa during her “I’m a Slave 4 U” performance. (OK, fine, it was a python but just LET US LIVE.)PRINCE’S ASSLESS PANTS

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THE YEAR: 1991

THE THING WE’LL NEVER FORGET: When he turned around to reveal his bare butt on live TV, and it didn’t even jiggle. #bunsofsteelMADONNA’S MARIE ANTOINETTE HOMAGE

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THE YEAR: 1990

THE THING WE’LL NEVER FORGET: How Madonna flashed us, got her boobs grabbed, and let a dude peek under her skirt all while wearing an 18th-century gown.DENNIS RODMAN’S SPARKLY SPAGHETTI TANK

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THE YEAR: 1995

THE THING WE’LL NEVER FORGET: How Dennis looked better in a crop top than us.HOWARD STERN AS FARTMAN

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THE YEAR: 1992

THE THING WE’LL NEVER FORGET: That his bare butt cheeks were outlined in gold piping. And that lots and lots of farts came out of there.LADY GAGA’S BLOODY LEOTARD

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THE YEAR: 2010

THE THING WE’LL NEVER FORGET: How she started bleeding profusely all over her white lace and rhinestone leotard, and we’re still not sure how it happened.BRITNEY SPEARS’ NUDE BODYSUIT

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THE YEAR: 2000

THE THING WE’LL NEVER FORGET: When we momentarily
thought she was totally naked onstage. (Let’s just say the two seconds
after she ripped off her bedazzled black suit were the longest two
seconds of our lives.)MACY GRAY’S SELF-PROMOTIONAL GOWN

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THE YEAR: 2001

THE THING WE’LL NEVER FORGET: When she turned around, and it said “BUY IT!” on the butt.CHRISTINA AGUILERA’S FEATHER FROCK

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THE YEAR: 2003

THE THING WE’LL NEVER FORGET: How pink feathers attacked Xtina. 😦LADY GAGA AS JO CALDERONE

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THE YEAR: 2011

THE THING WE’LL NEVER FORGET: When Lady Gaga opened the
2011 VMAs as her alter-ego Jo Calderone in a loose-fitting suit and
dirty white tee—and didn’t break character once throughout the entire show.BEYONCE’S SEQUIN JACKET

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THE YEAR: 2011

THE THING WE’LL NEVER FORGET: The amazing BB bump reveal under that sparkly purple tuxedo jacket and high-waisted trousers. ❤– MTV

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