The most magical red carpet event of the year is almost here. The MTV Video Music Awards is the time celebrities rock jaw-dropping outfits that truly let their personality shine. And there have been some very, uh, big personalities over the years. Don't believe me? Maybe the most bizarre VMA outfits of all times will remind you. Because I'm all for letting your wild side shine, but not all self-expression always makes the most sense.
When it comes to the VMAs, you just never know what to expect. What started as a red carpet event to nail the latest trends has morphed into a way to surprise and shock through fashion. That's part of what makes the award show so entertaining. From meat dresses to sequin minis with ex-presidents on them, anything goes at the VMAs.
While some of the designs speak for themselves, others are meant to spread a bigger message. No matter what the reasoning, one thing is for sure — there have been some pretty outrageous outfits over the years.
Let's just say if you're not already planning on watching this year's awards show, the most bizarre VMA looks ever will change your mind.
1. Miley Cyrus' Barely There Dress
Two years later and I still have no idea what is going on with this outfit. When Cyrus hosted the VMAs in 2015, she had a whole slew of interesting looks.
2. Lady Gaga's Cutouts
Yes, it happened. No, I don't know why. Gaga wore the American Horror Story-esque costume for her performance in 2013.
3. Macy Gray's Shameless Self-Promo
Gray had no shame in making sure everyone knew about her upcoming album back in 2001.
4. Katy Perry's Sims Outfit
Honestly, I still haven't figured out why Perry came dressed as a Sim in 2011.
5. Nicki Minaj's Accessory Overload
There was a whole lot going on in Minaj's 2011 outfit. I'll just let you look at it for yourself.
6. Rihanna's Half Tutu
Even the most stylish celebs have a past. Rihanna's 2008 VMA outfit was all over the place. Please note the elbow cut-outs and toilet paper-like tutu.
7. Lady Gaga's Meat Dress
It wouldn't be a complete list without Gaga's 2010 meat dress. Iconic.
8. Lil' Kim's All Purple Outfit
The outfits were outlandish even in the '90s. In the last year of that decade, Lil' Kim showed up with half a shirt.
9. Miley Cyrus' Blow Up Dress
Another 2015 look from Cyrus because this year was, uh, bold.
10. Katy Perry & Riff Raff's Throwback Look
This seemingly strange pair rolled up to the 2014 VMA red carpet wearing all-denim designs that mimicked the creations Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake wore to the 2001 American Music Awards.
11. Lil Mama's Pacifier
In 2009, Lil Mama brought a bedazzled pacifier with her to the event.
12. Perez Hilton's Dish Gloves
I'll just leave this 2003 gem right here for you to examine yourself.
13. Lenny Kravitz's Mini Wings
Kravitz worked a fringe cape with wings and a pair of jeans for his 2004 VMA performance.
14. Tyson Ritter's Glitter
The All-American Rejects singer opted for no tee and just glitter at the 2009 VMAs.
15. Lindsay Lohan's Vest
Yes, this really happened back in 2003.
16. Miley Cyrus' Color-Blocking
Here's another Miley ensemble, just because the 2015 VMAs were that bizarre.
17. Lady Gaga's... Uh...
You can't exactly tell, but that's Lady Gaga under that work of art.
Let's see what kooky outfits we can add to the list after this year...