Lindsey Sirera
August 24, 2017 12:22 pm

There’s only one rule on the MTV Video Music Award’s red carpet: anything goes! This is no boring, stuffy awards show. This is the occasion in which the industry’s finest individuals put their funkiest foot forward, and compete to out-dress each other in the most outlandish getups possible. Of all the red carpets, this is the one nobody can forget.

Take, for example, the MTV VMAs red carpet serving as the birthplace of the pasties trend à la Lil Kim. It’s also where Lady Gaga proved that raw meat can also double as a fashion statement, and where Christina Aguilera basically invented the term under-boob.

With Sunday’s 2017 VMAs looming, it’s only right that we look back at some of the grandest (albeit most shocking) looks to ever sashay down the red carpet. In no particular order, of course, because in one way or another, these looks are all equally iconic and absolutely unforgettable.

17Madonna, 1998

16Gwen Stefani, 1998

15Jennifer Lopez, 2000

14Amber Rose, 2014

13Jeremy Scott, 2015

12Fergie, 2006

11Destiny’s Child, 2001

10Baddie Winkle, 2016

9Britney Spears, 2002

8Cher, 2010

7Katy Perry & Riff Raff, 2014

6Rose McGowan & Marilyn Manson, 1998

5Christina Aguilera, 2002

4Miley Cyrus, 2015

3Lady Gaga, 2010

2Lil’ Kim, 1999

1Nicki Minaj, 2011

Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

Now we are officially ready for this year’s VMAs, which are set to air this Sunday, August 27th, at 8/7c.

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