A Look Back at the 2001 MTV VMAs: Here's What the Red Carpet Looked Like 20 Years Ago

From Britney Spears' lace minidress to Macy Gray's self-promotional gown — a look back at the red carpet for the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards 

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Three's Company

Destiny's Child (Kelly Rowland, Beyonce, Michelle Williams) arriving at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards, held at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, 9/6/01.
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Destiny's Child pulled out one of their iconic coordinating 'fits for the occasion, complete with plenty of fringe and turquoise accessories.

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Sister, Sister

Ashlee Simpson, Jessica Simpson MTV Music Awards Metropolitan Opera House, NYC September 06, 2001 Kiss
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Ashlee and Jessica Simpson coordinated in black outfits and shared some sisterly affection on the red carpet.

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Paying Tribute

Usher wearing an Aaliyah t-shirt 2001 MTV Video Music Awards
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Usher paid tribute to Aaliyah — who tragically died in a plane crash on Aug. 25, 2001 — wearing a shirt with her album cover on the carpet. The MTV VMAs that year were held on Sept. 6.

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Leather Alert

Alicia Keys
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Go big or go home! Alicia Keys rocked an all-black, all-leather ensemble (with a touch of fur) on the red carpet of her very first VMAs.

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Lots of Lace

Britney Spears 2001 MTV Video Music Awards
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Britney Spears wowed on the red carpet of the 2001 MTV VMAs, wearing a sheer black lace minidress.

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Safari Chic

2001 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals
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2001 was a wild time, and Jennifer Lopez looked like she was ready to go on the world's sexiest safari in a sheer, animal-print minidress (paired with thigh-high boots and a hat).

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Icons Only

Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez 2001 MTV Video Music Awards
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Spears and Lopez posed together after taking their seats for the awards show. Name a more iconic photo, we dare you!

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Snakes on Parade

2001 MTV Video Music Awards - Show
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So technically this isn't from the red carpet, but we'd be remiss not to point out that 2001 was the year that Spears performed "I'm A Slave 4 U" with a Burmese python.

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These Boots Are Made for Walkin'

Janet Jackson 2001 MTV Video Music Awards
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Janet Jackson also opted for a sheer, black minidress, pairing it with a newsboy cap and thigh-high leather boots.

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Hats Off

American singer Christina Aguilera wins "Video of the Year" for her contribution to "Moulin Rouge" at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards held at the Metropolitan Opera House at the Lincoln Center on September 6, 2001 in New York City
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We don't want to shout this too loudly because we'd prefer they didn't make a big comeback with the rest of the early aughts fashion, but newsboy caps were kind of a thing! Christina Aguilera matched hers to her low-rise jeans (and added a belly chain for good measure).

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Dynamic Duo

Big Boi and André 3000 of OutKast
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Big Boi's pink fuzzy pants (and hat) and Andre 3000's green-and-orange ensemble were a sight to be seen.

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Standing Out

Eve arriving at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards, held at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, 9/6/01.
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Eve made sure to stand out with a hot pink bob and neon green dress.

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Dog Days

American pop star"Pink" and her dog "Focker" arrive at the MTv music video awards held at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center on September 6, 2001 in New York
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Living up to her moniker, Pink rocked brilliant pink hair on the carpet — and brought her dog, Focker, as her date!

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Self Promo

Macy Gray
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There's no better way to promote an album than by wearing a dress that says "MY NEW ALBUM DROPS SEPT. 18, 2001" on the front and "BUY IT" on the back. Just ask Macy Gray!

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Just a Girl

Gwen Stefani
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There's No Doubt that Gwen Stefani rocked one of the more memorable looks of the night with her victory rolls, halter crop top and low-rise pants.

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Hips Don't Lie

Shakira backstage at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards, held at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, 9/6/01.
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Shakira's fashion philosophy must have included the rule that feathered crop tops were meant to be worn, "Wherever, Whenever."

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Carpet Couple

Kid Rock & Pamela Anderson at the The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, New York
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Pamela Anderson shared a smooch with her then-boyfriend Kid Rock.

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Belly Up

Jack Black backstage at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards, held at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, 9/6/01.
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Jack Black, who performed at the VMAs with Tenacious D, went belly up backstage.

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