MTV's Video Music Awards are upon us once again which means everyone will be talking about them all week long. The VMAs are known for churning out some of the most buzz-worthy events of the year, whether it’s Miley Cyrus donning a strange outfit and twerking or Britney Spears kissing Madonna, something memorable always happens. People talk about the winners of the VMAs almost incessantly for the whole week after they air, but one of the most under appreciated aspects of the awards show are all the outfits that celebrities show up in.
The VMAs aren't like The Oscars where celebs dress to the nines with classy gowns, suits and jewelry; the VMAs are more like a Saturday night party where everyone wants to express their individuality but still dress up a little. Sometimes the attempts at creativity go well, but more often than not it’s pretty regrettable.
Some of the worst outfits came out of the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, but the same can be said for everyone in the time period, not just celebrities. In everyone's defense the world was supposed to end with Y2K and when it didn't people had to scramble for something to remember the decade by, it just ended up being awful fashion.
Unfortunately for celebrities, though, is that we have their awful outfits documented to laugh at forever. While you get pumped up for the awards show tomorrow night, you can take a look at this list of some of the worst outfits in VMA history and hope Sunday's show provides us with more cringe-worthy clothing.
Amber Rose made heads turn on the 2014 VMAs red carpet with this dress that left little to the imagination. Consisting of beaded chains, Amber showed off her post-baby body in a way few are daring enough to do.
Christina Aguilera may be a glamorous example of class to all of us now but it wasn't always that way, especially during her formative years as a celebrity back in 2002. In what can only be described as an identity crisis Christina wore a cocktail dress made entirely out of hot pink feathers. The whole outfit made her look rather flamingo-ish but it's honestly a dress that nobody could pull off.
Lenny Kravitz must have really wanted to fly away when he picked this number out for the 2004 VMAs. We don't know if its the denim vest that's pretty much all tassel, the act of wearing sunglasses indoors or the angel wings sprouting out from his back but whatever element of this disaster is the worst part we just can't look away.
Before the Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction at the super bowl half-time show in 2004 there was Lil Kim's outfit at the 1999 VMAs. The female rap artist arrived in a bedazzled purple jumpsuit and a purple wig. The weird part of the outfit was that the left portion of the chest was missing leaving Lil Kim's breast just sort of hanging there.
Female rapper Lil Mama wore an honest to God baby costume complete with a pacifier. The weird part about the outfit is that it looked like she was aiming for sexy but is there anything less sexy than a giant woman-baby? What's even remotely appealing about dressing up as a baby to go to an awards show? The questions are endless.
Macy Gray is generally known for being a talented singer and for the most part, under the radar these days. Maybe she's trying to stay under the radar after her appearance at the 2001 VMAs to which she wore what looked like a dress stitched together out of the contents of a thrift store Halloween section. The dress itself was bad but perhaps even worse was the white fabric paint exclaiming “My new album drops September 21st” and on the back she wrote “Buy it!” successfully turning herself into a tacky walking billboard for her own product.
Back in the day Madonna was known as a innovative pop diva who made big changes in the industry but now she's mostly known for hijacking other cultures and trying to pass them off as fashion accessories. 1998 was no exception, Madonna showed up to the VMA donning ornate bindis and intricate henna tattoos. It's safe to say that Madonna didn't take into account what these modifications mean to people of Hindu, Indian or south Asian cultures.
Following in the footsteps of Madonna, Katy Perry arrived to the 2011 VMAs in a geisha-esque outfit that received a lot of criticism for being racially insensitive. And rightfully so, the outfit looked more like an offensive Halloween costume than a dress. The annoying neon colors and the dumb parasol really sent this outfit over the top as far as bad fashion choices.
Lady Gaga has made a name for herself by embracing the eccentric, back in 2010 though she may have embraced a little too much when she showed up to the VMAs dressed head to toe in a dress made entirely of raw meat. The outfit was completed with matching shoes and a hair piece both made of more raw meat. The outfit caused controversy even drawing criticism from animal rights groups such as PETA.
In her career, Pink has made it very clear that she doesn't really care about what people think of her and most of the time that's really awesome. At the VMAs in 2001 it was slightly less awesome. Her outfit was a discombobulated mess of odds and ends that included but weren't limited to a mesh body suit, a red velvet fedora and no shoes. We can't tell you what exactly she was going for with this outfit but we can tell you that it probably didn't hit the mark either way.
Tommy Lee and Pam Anderson
In 1999, Tommy Lee and Pam Anderson took it upon themselves to double down on a fashion disaster that made the world both uncomfortable and confused. Anderson sporting a huge fluffy pimp hat and Lee wearing a creepy old man trench coat made people wonder if they woke up at random party or had a Hangover style misadventure and then went directly to the VMAs without stopping to change. At least we can all be grateful that these two aren't relevant in modern pop culture anymore.