The 25 greatest outfits in MTV VMAs historical past
Positive, each musician would like to scoop a Grammy Award, however since 1984 when Madonna gave the primary ever VMA efficiency, the MTV Video Music Awards have been the most-talked-about music ceremony going. From Kanye West stealing Taylor Swift's Video Of The 12 months gong in 2011 and Miley Cyrus' coming-of-age efficiency in 2013 to Britney Spears' escapades with a reside python and later notorious antics with Madonna and Christina Aguilera, what goes on up on-stage on the VMAs goes down in historical past.
What's extra, in terms of dressing for the VMAs, the saying “something goes” has by no means been extra applicable. With no costume code, it's introduced out probably the most spectacular outfits in historical past, from Girl Gaga's costume comprised of uncooked meat and Lil Nas X in his Wild West greatest to the aforementioned Cyrus and her foam finger to Marilyn Manson and Rose McGowan's couple targets.
Beneath we've rounded up the most effective of the most effective over the previous 36 years…
In an analogous vein to workplace attire-wearing Julia Roberts, Gwyneth Paltrow schooled each man on how you can put on a swimsuit casually on the 1996 VMAs: ditch the tie and let the cuffs of your shirt hold unfastened, as seen over at Alexander McQueen lately.
Undeniably one of many all-time best-dressed males in pop, founding father of gender-blurring, Prince by no means did not ship within the model stakes when in attendance on the VMAs. Working example, his scarlet flared jumpsuit and matching satin heels combo gave us androgynous stylish on warmth in 1991 and paved the best way for stars resembling Harry Types to do the identical.
Earlier than Tyler, The Creator got here alongside and served collegiate stylish, André 3000 was doing it greatest.
Iman and David Bowie
Attending the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards at The Metropolitan Opera Home at Lincoln Heart in New York Metropolis, Iman and the late David Bowie gave us all good cause to imagine that they had been the best couple going. What's extra, Bowie's over-the-shoulder purse was a serious model transfer. And also you thought Harry Types' man-bag was revolutionary?
Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson
If this isn't couple targets then we don't know what’s. Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson attended the 1999 VMAs of their most outrageous greatest, which later acquired the nod from Kim Kardashian who dressed as Pammy for Halloween in 2018.
Up there together with her most iconic appears to be like, resembling her Jean Paul Gaultier high from her “Blond Ambition” tour, Madge settled into her function as the brilliant younger factor of pop when she arrived on the VMAs in a laced, anti-virginal costume with a belt that learn “Boy Toy".
Jenny from the block epitomised the early 2000s in these white denims, bandana and midriff-flashing Sean John crop high.
VMA award-winner Mick Jagger carried out on the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio Metropolis Music Corridor in New York Metropolis and immediately set the pattern for tight, barely cropped ab-flashing vests and thin denims.
Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain
The king and queen of grunge took the Nirvana observe “Come As You Are” actually and for us it labored.
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Can every other pop star wrap an albino Burmese python round their neck with out even flinching, whereas delivering some critical dance strikes and vocals? We expect not.
When you thought Angelina Jolie had the very best, raciest side-split in historical past, suppose once more, as a result of nobody outdoes MC.
Again in 1993 Lenny Kravitz rocked as much as the VMAs in a shiny silver sleeveless bodysuit and platform sneakers, which we hope was the inspiration for Britney Spears' “Oops! I Did It Once more” music video look.
And talking of Spears, after a much-talked-about on-stage efficiency in 2007, the "Work B*tch" was again a 12 months later and schooled everybody on what an award-winning costume appears to be like like: use the “Moonman” for inspiration.
Since her first VMAs in 2009 Girl Gaga has shocked the world together with her larger-than-life costumes (ahem, that meat costume). In 2010 she had an array of various appears to be like, however the one that basically impressed was this Alexander McQueen creation, which is from the final assortment the late designer labored on earlier than his loss of life in January of that very same 12 months. Chatting with
US Vogue in 2018, Gaga stated that this was her all-time favorite outfit. We agree.
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian-West
The 12 months 2015 was when Yeezy reached its peak and a pair of 350 kicks would've required you to have private safety 24/7, akin to the person behind it. It was additionally the 12 months all of us fell in love with all-camel-everything, by and enormous because of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian-West.
Rihanna took to the stage in 2016 wearing head-to-toe baby-pink Hood By Air gear by Shayne Oliver. This nonetheless serves as a reminder that she must launch new music and provides us the tour we so desperately need (even over Zoom).
Beyoncé and Blue Ivy
Beyoncé used the VMAs to announce her being pregnant with Blue Ivy in 2011 and in 2016 the pair walked the white carpet collectively, in couture – the previous in Francesco Scognamiglio and the latter in Mischka Aoki. Bow down.
Consider the VMAs and also you in all probability consider Miley Cyrus and her jaw-dropping efficiency with Robin Thicke in 2013. In 2017, to coincide together with her country-infused album
Youthful Now, she seemingly raided godmother Dolly Parton's wardrobe and appeared rattling good for doing so.
Pink, Carey Hart and Willow Sage Hart
That is how a household clothes for the VMAs.
When you comply with designer Marc Jacobs on Instagram then you definitely'll already know his matches are larger and higher than these of different customers, with pearls, heels and saggy slacks aplenty. In 2019 he attended the VMAs in additional of the identical, immediately gaining an award for the most effective swimsuit to grace the ceremony prior to now ten years.
Lizzo is a siren, finish of.
Embarking ever nonetheless on his Westernwear renaissance, Diplo turned as much as the 2019 VMAs on this Nudie single-breasted swimsuit. Previous to the awards, he'd paid a visit to Fort Lonesome, an Austin-based chain-stitch embroidery studio, the place he acquired psychedelic (in reference to his, Sia's and Labrinth's collaborative album,
LSD) motifs resembling acidic frogs embroidered onto the swimsuit. One solution to rep an album, we guess.
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Lil Nas X
He could be a beginner on the VMAs visitor record, however that didn't cease Lil Nas X from diving headfirst into the melting pot of outrageous outfits. In 2019 the "Previous City Highway" crooner scooped three awards: Greatest Music, Greatest Video and best-dressed cowboy on the planet.
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Final 12 months noticed the VMAs go digital and within the period of mask-wearing Girl Gaga pulled out all of the stops. She sported a complete of 9 face coverings, together with this fish bowl-themed quantity.
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Everybody's favorite melancholic singer The Weeknd repped his go-to uniform for the VMAs in 2020: a bloody nostril, pink blazer and high-shine leather-based gloves.