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From sexy slits and plunging necklines to matching denim outfits, the VMAs red carpet has carried some of the hottest looks ever

Doriean Stevenson
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Amber Rose

Amber Rose looked devilishly hot at the 2018 VMAs.

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Rita Ora

The singer's look landed where dazzling meets dizzying.

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Blac Chyna

Blac Chyna's draped chain mail really turned heads at the award show in 2018.

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Teyana Taylor

The multi-talented entertainer showed off her killer abs on the VMA pink carpet in 2018.

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Nicki Minaj

The moon man was the perfect accessory for the rap star's sporty princess attire.

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Miley Cyrus

The 2015 Video Music Awards hostess with the mostest, Miley Cyrus, wore some well-placed metallics on the red carpet.

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Nicki Minaj

The rapper looked like a candy-coated dream at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards.

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Rita Ora

Red was big at the 2014 VMAs! Rita Ora's slinky gown made her look oh-so-seductive as she walked the red carpet.

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Amber Rose

In 2013, Amber Rose walked the VMAs red carpet rubbing her baby bump. In 2014, however, Amber decided to show off bumps of a different kind.

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Demi Lovato

Nothing but a bit of lace between the cameras and singer Demi Lovato at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards.

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Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj was nothing short of mesmerizing in a golden masterpiece of a gown at the 2015 VMAs.

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Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen exemplified grown and sexy on the VMAs red carpet in 2015.

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Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum took the carpet at the 2017 VMAs to prove that, yes, she's still got it.

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Hazel-E and Rose Burgundy

Hazel-E stunned with Rose Burgundy at the 2017 VMAs.

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FKA twigs

The talented and gorgeous FKA twigs looked like she stepped right out of a boudoir shoot onto the VMAs red carpet in 2015.

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Lil' Kim

Lil' Kim partied like it was 1999 and let it all hang out at the VMAs. Yes, this was the year that the one and only Diana Ross fondled Lil Kim's exposed breast on the VMA stage. Aw, memories!

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Cassie

Fans have come to expect cutting-edge looks from Cassie and, at the 2016 VMAs, she did not disappoint.

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Jennifer Lopez

No one knows how to rock a dress with well-placed cut-outs like Jennifer Lopez.

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Britney Spears

No novice to slaying on the red carpet, the one-and-only Britney Spears arrived looking better than ever to the 2015 VMAs.

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Taylor Swift

Only Taylor Swift could make what was essentially a long-sleeved swimsuit work on the VMAs red carpet in 2014.

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Keyshia Cole

Keyshia Cole's sheer gown showed off just enough at the 2017 VMAs red carpet.

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Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez showed skin in all the right places at the 2013 VMAs.

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Nicki Minaj

There's absolutely nothing defective about Nicki Minaj's look from the 2016 Video Music Awards.

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Farrah Abraham

Will she save the day? Maybe not. But you can't blame Farrah Abraham for trying in 2016.

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Halsey

At the 2016 Video Music Awards, Halsey's sheer pantsuit was sheer genius.

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Rita Ora

Rita Ora brings sex appeal to any event, and the 2015 VMAs were no different!

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Rita Ora

She wasn't up for a moon man in 2016, but Rita Ora came to win the red carpet.

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Fifth Harmony

Fifth Harmony succeeded at sexy across the board at the 2016 VMAs.

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Stella Maxwell with Jeremy Scott

These two outfits were eye-grabbing in more ways than one at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards.

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Taylor Swift +9

In 2015, Taylor struck style gold again on the VMAs red carpet when she brought nine - yes NINE - well-dressed dates to the show, among them Selena Gomez, Cara Cara Delevingneand Empire's Serayah.

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Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea dressed up as an android goddess for the 2014 VMAs and the payoff was worth it.

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Tori Kelly

Tori arrived to her first VMAs in 2015 looking absolutely adorable.

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Shakira

Shakira says her "Hips Don't Lie." Looking at her skin-tight jeans from the 2001 VMAs, that's not surprising. Her hips didn't have room to breathe, let alone fib!

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Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo

Adam Levine looked good at the 2014 VMAs and all, but his wife, Behati Prinsloo, looked absolutely outstanding.

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Franke Grande

Franke Grande's glittering chest was blinging out of control at the 2015 VMAs.

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Ariana Grande

Another star who knows how to rock leather, Ariana Grande struck a commanding pose on the 2014 VMA red carpet.

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Lady Gaga

In 2010, Lady Gaga stopped by a grocery store deli to pick up her gown. OK, that's not exactly true. But she did infamously wear a gown constructed entirely with meat to the VMAs. Yum?

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Beyoncé

Queen Bey herself arrived at the 2014 VMAs in an intricate bead and lace masterpiece by Nicolas Jebran.

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Beyoncé

No, one image of Beyoncé from the 2014 VMAs isn't enough. Her post-show gown, designed by Zuhair Murad, was a maroon stunner.

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Marilyn Manson and Rose McGowan

There's really no time to talk about Marilyn Manson's 1998 VMAs outfit, and there are really no words to describe Rose McGowan's.

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Singer Demi Lovato arrives solo at 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Red carpet

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Jared Leto

It's Jared Leto. He's hot no matter which VMAs he attends. (This just so happened to be the 2013 version of his hottness.)

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Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani coordinated her strands with her string bikini top for the 1998 VMAs.

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Lil' Kim

In 2004, Lil' Kim left little to the imagination on the red carpet. Shockingly (or not, when you really consider it) this isn't the most risqué outfit she's worn to the VMAs...

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NIcki Minaj

See-through Barbie? Fright Night Barbie? It's uncertain. But this form-fitting bodysuit Nicki donned for the 2012 VMAs was more than eye-catching.

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Fifth Harmony

Girl-group Fifth Harmony brought varied glamour to the VMAs red carpet in 2014.

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Daft Punk

Intergalactic DJs Daft Punk looked dapper at the 2013 VMAs.

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Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera got "Dirrty" wearing very little on the red carpet at the 2002 Video Music Awards.

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Ashanti

Ashanti made a comeback in 2013, which included a fresh step on the VMAs red carpet looking as fly as ever.

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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Pretty sure these VMAs outfits didn't come from a thrift shop.

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Taylor Swift

This vintage look by Max Azria was perfection at the VMAs back in 2013.

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Lady Gaga

Yes, it's lovely, but Lady Gaga's skin-tight gown from the 2013 VMAs red carpet was tame compared to things Gaga usually wears. But it was still hot.

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Jennifer Hudson

At the 2013 VMAs, Jennifer Hudson showed off her body in a leather skirt that looked like it was made for her hips.

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Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus started the VMAs relatively PG in 2013.

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Willow and Jaden Smith

The Smith kids never pass on style. The 2013 VMAs were no exception.

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2 Chainz

Rapper 2 Chainz donned gold from his head almost to his toes at the 2013 VMAs.

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Adam Lambert

Adam Lambert kept it sophisticated at the 2013 VMAs.

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Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys was a vision in gold at the 2012 VMAs.

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Ashanti

In 2004, the VMAs took place in Miami. While many stars showed off a ton of skin, Ashanti kept it classy yet seductive in this gown.

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Becky G

Becky G showed off just enough to pique our interest at the 2014 VMAs.

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Big Sean

Rapper Big Sean was certainly looking "Blessed" at the 2013 VMAs.

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Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars decided a few VMAs would make nice accessories for his emerald suit at the 2013 VMAs.

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Busta Rhymes

Busta Rhymes: making bright track vests work since the 2013 VMAs.

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Ciara

Ciara's gown from the 2013 VMAs had beading in all of the essential places ... and that was about it! So much see-through, so very stunning.

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Cindy Crawford

Leather straps + Cindy Crawford = an MTV dream. The model wore a very foxy outfit to the 1992 VMAs.

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Common

Is Common the most dapper rapper? At the 2014 VMAs, he definitely made a play for the title.

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Dave Navarro

Perhaps Dave Navarro simply forgot to button up his shirt at the 2004 VMAs. Perhaps we didn't mind at all.

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Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato perfected the red-hot look at the 2014 VMAs.

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Flying Lotus

Flying Lotus looked futuristically cool at the 2013 VMAs.

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Gwen Stefani

No, this image is not from 1999. Gwen Stefani knows the way to the fountain of youth, but she's not sharing. It's upsetting, to be honest, but can you blame her? She looked incredible at the 2014 VMAs.

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Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner, and Kim Kardashian

Two Jenners plus one Kardashian equaled infinite style at the 2014 VMAs.

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Jeremy Scott

Designer Jeremy Scott made his presence at the 2014 VMAs known in this neon yellow suit complete with massive lapels, a tail, and a huge happy face on the back.

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Jordin Sparks and Jason Derulo

Then-couple Jordin Sparks and Jason Derulo wore coordinating white-hot outfits at the 2014 VMAs.

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Jordin Sparks

Thinking back, it's quite possible that Jordin's white gown didn't even need Jason's suit to set it off. Just look at this dress (for the second time).

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Julianne Hough

Julianne Hough was all smiles in a flowing gown on the 2014 VMAs red carpet.

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Katy Perry

Katy Perry's gown at the 2012 VMAs may have looked sweet and innocent from afar, but the sheer bottom and low neckline made it very sexy and very Katy Perry.

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Katy Perry

Speaking of Katy Perry, she and Riff Raff channelled Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake circa 2001 with their matching denim ensembles.

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Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland walked the 2014 VMAs red carpet looking like an expectant goddess.

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Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox's gown from the 2014 VMAs hit all the right points.

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Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz brought all of the sexy to the 1995 Video Music Awards red carpet.

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Mary Lambert

Mary Lambert was floral perfection at the 2014 VMAs.

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Miley Cyrus

Miley toned it down a bit for the 2014 VMAs. In 2015 she'll be hosting, so there's no telling what kind of ensembles she has planned.

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Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson took a stab at sexy when she arrived to the 2005 VMAs with then-husband Nick Lachey. Her outfit looked as if it would fall off of her at any moment, which was probably exactly what she was going for.

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Nicki Minaj

Starting in 2013, Nicki's looks did a 180, moving toward a high-fashion look. So for the 2014 VMAs, she wore a glitzy yet classic dress and left the yellow wig at home.

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N'SYNC

N'SYNC reunited at the 2013 VMAs, and it looked so good. Justin Timberlake apparently shared his "Suit & Tie" knowledge with his boys.

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Rihanna

Rihanna can do no wrong. Coincidentally this slinky white gown from the 2012 VMAs was oh so right.

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Robin Thicke and Paula Patton

This is hard to look at now, knowing what would happen on stage just a few hours later. But how gorgeous is Paula Patton arm-in-arm with then-husband Robin Thicke at the 2013 VMAs? Their beauty is heartbreaking.

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Sam Smith

2014 was Sam Smith's year, and he dressed the part at the Video Music Awards.

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Solange

Solange slayed in a fashion-forward pantsuit at the 2014 VMAs.

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Will Smith

Will Smith, like a fine wine, gets better with age. Let's raise a toast to how dashing he looked at the 2013 VMAs.

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LMFAO

Unapologetically flashy, LMFAO made a serious entrance at the 2011 VMAs.

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Jessie J

Jessie J's sparkling leotard getup from the 2011 VMAs was almost blingy enough to distract us from her crutches and boot. Almost.

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TLC

TLC popularized the teeny-tops-with-baggy-bottoms trend of the '90s, and they held true to the style at the VMAs in 1999.