The Good, Bad & Boldest Looks of the Night

Taylor! Beyoncé! Kim! See all the head-turning looks to hit the carpet

01 of 24

BEYONCé

BEYONCé
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We doubt Bey is hiding a bump reveal under this black lace sheer-panel gown, which she accessorized with the biggest Lorraine Schwartz danglers we've ever seen.

02 of 24

TAYLOR SWIFT

TAYLOR SWIFT
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This Mary Katrantzou romper-unitard hybrid (worn with burgundy Elie Saab booties) certainly shows off the star's amazing legs and pert backside. We wonder if she was inspired by the dancers on the the set of her new music video? Or perhaps some outfits from BFF Lena Dunham's show Girls?

03 of 24

KIM KARDASHIAN

KIM KARDASHIAN
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That the reality star would find a unique way to show off her cleavage was a given. That she'd do it in an afghan she stole from her grandma's couch: less expected. She jazzes it up with lots of beading and sexy shoes.

04 of 24

KATY PERRY

KATY PERRY
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Amber referenced Rose. And now Katy is bringing back Britney Spears. "It's an ode to Britney and Justin," she says of her custom denim Versace gown.

05 of 24

JENNIFER LOPEZ

JENNIFER LOPEZ
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Did we just get in a time machine and travel back to 2001? Because Jenny from the Block is back in her sparkly, complicatedly cut-out gunmetal gown, featuring a crazy-high slit (plus silver accessories by Thalé Blanc and Jimmy Choo).

06 of 24

MILEY CYRUS

MILEY CYRUS
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No hair knots this year? Miley Cyrus goes surprisingly simple in a black leather bandeau top and matching harem pants (both Alexandre Vauthier Couture), which we imagine is her version of a classic suit.

07 of 24

KENDALL & KYLIE JENNER

KENDALL & KYLIE JENNER
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The sisters go matchy-matchy in all-black ensembles: flare trousers and a sheer top (both Alon Livne) on Kendall and a silk gown with a thigh-high slit on Kylie.

08 of 24

DEMI LOVATO

DEMI LOVATO
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Plunging neckline. Crazy-high slit. Edgy hairstyle. The singer's look nabs the winning VMA style trifecta.

09 of 24

RITA ORA

RITA ORA
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Also having a saucy, high-slit red gown moment, the Fifty Shades of Grey star wears a lingerie-inspired Donna Karan Atelier gown with a sexy low back.

10 of 24

JULIANNE HOUGH

JULIANNE HOUGH
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And echoing Ora's backless look, the star's navy Emilio Pucci dress features a dramatic open back (no bra required!) and keyhole cutouts along the neckline and waist.

11 of 24

NICKI MINAJ

NICKI MINAJ
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This is one look that doesn't bite. The "Anaconda" singer chooses a curve-hugging snakeskin print mini (get it?!), but keeps the rest of her look tame – nude platforms, a pink lip and soft curls.

12 of 24

ARIANA GRANDE

ARIANA GRANDE
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We expected her signature half-up hairstyle, but we didn’t expect all this leather. The nominee wears a black hardware-embellished Moschino mini, over-the-knee boots and a wine lip for an outfit that would make 1989 Madonna very proud.

13 of 24

GWEN STEFANI

COLOR-BLOCKING MVP
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It's great to see the No Doubt frontwoman back at the VMAs wearing something other than a bikini top. She selects a coordinating hot-pink pantsuit (by her own line, L.A.M.B.), Christian Louboutins and an Ariana Grande-esque hairstyle for her return.

14 of 24

CHLOË GRACE MORETZ

CHLOË GRACE MORETZ
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When walking one of the most skin-baring red carpets of the year, one way to set yourself apart is to go completely covered-up. Chloë does just that in a red embellished top and pink slacks (both Louis Vuitton) and her favorite Stuart Weitzman sandals.

15 of 24

SOLANGE

SOLANGE
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It's a guarantee at an event like the VMAs that someone will wear a blazer without a bra. This year, it's Queen Bey's little sis, who whips out the fashion tape (and teases her hair to the nth degree) to add extra glam to her embellished black HampM suit.

16 of 24

JORDIN SPARKS & JASON DERULO

JORDIN SPARKS & JASON DERULO
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Reminding us of another famous couple who wore all white to an MTV event (ahem, Posh and Becks), the duo pick crisp monochrome ensembles to show their couple-y unity.

17 of 24

NINA DOBREV

NINA DOBREV
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The Vampire Diaries star still can surprise us on the red carpet, leaving behind her preferred crop tops and teeny shorts for a black-and-red Zuhair Murad gown featuring a belt that could have been borrowed from the Game of Thrones costume closet.

18 of 24

IGGY AZALEA

IGGY AZALEA
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"I wanted to pick something sleek and timeless," the "Fancy" rapper says of her sparkly cutout Atelier Versace gown, paired with tons of diamonds and a slicked-back hairstyle.

19 of 24

UZO ADUBA, TAYLOR SCHILLING & LAVERNE COX

UZO ADUBA, TAYLOR SCHILLING & LAVERNE COX
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Black is the new orange? The stars of the hit Netflix show pre-game the Emmys in coordinating black embellished dresses (Uzo's is Alexandra New York and Taylor's is Halston Heritage).

20 of 24

LUCY HALE

LUCY HALE
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In one of many crop tops on the red carpet, the Pretty Little Liars star stays right on trend in a black Sachin amp Babi leather halter and coordinating studded high-waisted Zimmermann skirt, teamed with metallic Stuart Weitzman sandals and statement Graziela Gems danglers.

21 of 24

SARAH HYLAND

SARAH HYLAND
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"This is such a Nicole Richie moment," is the exact sentence one editor said to another after seeing the Modern Family star in this asymmetrical backless navy Kaufmanfranco design featuring a slash cutout at the stomach. She accessorizes with Lorraine Schwartz arm jewelry and a bordeaux pout.

22 of 24

KESHA

KESHA
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She ditched the blue hair for her rainbow roots, but surprisingly that's the boldest move the singer made at the VMAs; she kept the rest of her look classic in a blush beaded Johanna Johnson gown that shows off a hint of her décolletage.

23 of 24

JESSIE J

JESSIE J
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The singer arrives with a ... wait for it ... "Bang Bang" (sorry) in a surprisingly understated (for her) plunging lime green Vintage Halston gown. But the most surprising part of her look: Her natural makeup, a complete 180º from what we're used to seeing on the star.

24 of 24

AMBER ROSE

ON BEING TREATED LIKE AN OBJECT
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No doubt Amber is aiming for a Rose McGowan moment in this beaded skin-baring flapper number – but we're left wondering if it's possible to one-up that majorly memorable moment no matter how hard you try.

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