Claire Downs
Updated Aug 26, 2016 @ 4:36 pm
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The 2016 Video Music Awards will air this Sunday on MTV. Though the focus should be on the awards, it’s really a chance for recording artists to step on the red carpet and let their freak flags fly in a JFZ (judgement-free zone.) Unlike the stuffy and slightly more refined Grammy Awards, the VMAs welcome outlandish apparel, couture pieces that barely qualify as “clothing,” and full-on body-baring with open arms. But as with all risk-taking, not every choice can be legendary. Here are the most cringe-worthy moments from VMA red carpet history!

(Also, just a NSFW warning, there may be a butt or boob or two)

Dennis Rodman, 1995

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Gwen Stefani, 1998

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Pink, 2000

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Macy Gray, 2001

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Destiny’s Child, 2001

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Christina Aguilera, 2002

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Lindsay Lohan, 2003

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Fergie, 2004

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Lil’ Mama, 2007

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Nicki Minaj, 2011

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Miley Cyrus, 2015

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