The MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) have provided us with some of the most iconic looks. I mean, have we ever really forgotten about Lil Lim and her mermaid jumpsuit? What about when Beyoncé hit the red carpet with her mini me? And let’s not forget the times Nicki Minaj did the most in her over-the-top wigs and outlandish dresses. The VMAs has become an outlet for lots of celebrities to express the most creative and dramatic versions of themselves, and over the years they’ve done just that. If you need a reminder of the good, the bad, and the ugly ensembles of the past 23 years, take a stroll down memory lane with these most talked about looks in the history of the Video Music Awards.
TLC at the 1995 VMA Awards
The legendary group hit the 1995 VMA Awards in their signature oversized pants and belly tops. TLC made baggy clothing look so good!
Mariah Carey was known for her high slits and bare midriff. Here she is at the 1997 VMA Awards giving us a lot of leg.
Lil Kim gave us this fashion moment heard around the globe. This ensemble has been recreated so many times!
Aaliyah at the 2000 VMA Awards
What a timeless beauty. Aaliyah traded in her loose fitting clothes for a black and yellow animal print dress with a high slit.
Jennifer Lopez at the 2000 VMA Awards
Jenny from the Block came to the 2000 VMA Awards dressed in an all-white Sean Jean ensemble. You better stan for your man!
Janet Jackson at the 2001 VMA Awards
Miss Jackson (if you’re nasty) attended the 2001 VMA Awards clad in a black lace top, short shorts, and thigh high boots.
Macy Gray at the 2001 VMA Awards
Why pay for advertising when you can wear this dress? Macy Gray showed us just how eccentric she is in this blue and pink dress that marketed her upcoming album.
Naomi Campbell at the 2004 VMA Awards
Naomi Campbell is a complete vision of perfection in this little white dress.
Rihanna at the 2007 VMA Awards
Our girl Rihanna was in the midst of becoming a pop icon. Her edgy hair cut and bright pink gown was the perfect mixture of sugar and spice.
Nicki Minaj at the 2011 VMAs
During this time, Nicki Minaj was in the height of her weird fashion stage. Here she is at the 2011 VMA’s dressed in a bunch of stuff that can’t really be explained.
Beyonce at the 2011 VMA Awards
It was at the 2011 VMA Awards that Beyonce announced she was pregnant with her first child. Here she is cupping Blue Ivy in this gorgeous orange, single-shoulder gown.
Amber Rose at the 2014 VMA Awards
Amber Rose left little to the imagination at the 2014 VMA Awards. The now pregnant socialite bared it all in a silver, sequin dress.
Solange Knowles at the 2014 VMA Awards
In my humble opinion, Solange Knowles can do no wrong. She gave an effortless slay at the 2014 VMA awards dressed is a sparkly black two-piece suit.
Nicki Minaj at the 2015 VMA Awards
What a difference a few years make! Nicki Minaj’s fashion did a complete 180 by the time the 2015 VMA Awards rolled around.
Amber Rose and Blac Chyna at the 2015 VMA Awards
Former BFF’s Amber Rose and Blac Chyna took each other on a date to the 2015 VMA Awards. Dressed in a local Philly designer, the pair used their ensembles to make a bold statement against slut-shaming.
Beyonce and Blue Ivy at the 2016 VMA Awards
How perfect is this moment? Both Beyonce and Blue Ivy hit the 2016 VMA Awards clad in sequin gowns.
Cardi B at the 2017 VMA Awards
Cardi B did not come to play! The rapper and budding actress gave angelic vibes in an all-white jumpsuit at the 2017 VMA Awards
Yara Shahidi at the 2017 VMA Awards
Yara Shahidi gave her best power pose at the 2017 VMA Awards clad in a gold, belted Zimmermann gown.
Cardi B at the 2018 VMA Awards
Cardi B showed off that post baby bod in a velvet Nicolas Jebran dress and cute pixie cut.
Tiffany Haddish at the 2018 VMA Awards
Tiffany Haddish showed off her fashion chops at the 2018 VMA Awards clad in a black and white sheer Naeem Khan gown.