PHOTOS: The 20 Craziest Outfits In VMA History

As Shakespeare once wrote, all the world’s a stage — and the VMAs certainly confirm the Bard’s claim. When it comes to red carpet fashion, the Video Music Awards aretotally out of this world. (Hey, just ask the Moon Man.) What else would you expect when you put high-octane entertainers together in one room? Every outfit becomes a performance… and these artists can put on one heck of a show.

Whether or not they take the stage, VMA guests know how to make waves. Let the 20 outfits below serve as proof. Do you think anyone will top these looks at tomorrow’s awards?

Madonna, 1990

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“Material Girl” meets Marie Antoinette.

Dennis Rodman, 1995
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Hey, Dennis — got a permit for those guns?

TLC, 1995

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Girl-group coordination at its finest.

Busta Rhymes, 1997

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Pigtails AND patterns!

Marilyn Manson and Rose McGowan, 1998

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Whatever Rose is wearing, we’re not sure that we can call it a dress.

Gwen Stefani, 1999

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This fuzzy bra is classic Gwen.

Lil Kim, 1999

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Gives a whole new meaning to purple nurple.

Jennifer Lopez and Puff Daddy, 2000

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We sure hope the VMAs were before Labor Day in 2000.

‘NSYNC, 2000

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Rumor has it we might see these guys tomorrow

Britney Spears, 2001

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Who needs a scarf to keep you warm when you can wear a snake instead?

Destiny’s Child, 2001

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Why don’t people wear fringe more often? Oh, right.

Christina Aguilera, 2001

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Extra, extra! Newsboy caps were never cool.

Christina Aguilera, 2002

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Believe it or not, this was pre-“Dirrty.”

Paris Hilton, 2004

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Homegirl was rocking the underboob WAY before it was in style.

Lenny Kravitz, 2004

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We’re not sure what’s worse — the weird collar or the wash of Lenny’s jeans.

Coco and Ice-T, 2005

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This one must have been an homage to Rose McGowan.

Lady Gaga, 2010

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“With God as my witness, I’ll never go hungry again!”

Beyoncé, 2011

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Naturally, a sequined blazer was part of the singer’s first official maternity outfit.

Katy Perry, 2011

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This outfit may or may not have been inspired by a screensaver.

Nicki Minaj, 2011

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We expect no less of her, frankly.