Entertainment Music Throwback Photos of Your Favorite Celebrities at Their Very First VMAs Take a look back at Nick Jonas' cute curls and Justin Bieber's side bangs as they walked their first VMAs red carpet By Diane J. Cho Diane J. Cho Diane J. Cho was the Features Editor of PEOPLE Digital from 2019 to 2022. She worked at the brand for nearly four years covering news, features, human interest, evergreen, holiday gift guides and more. She launched the How I Parent and What It's Really Like to Be …. digital series and has interviewed several celebrities and influential leaders within the entertainment industry. Prior to joining PEOPLE, Diane worked at Bustle, VH1 and Complex. She received her bachelor's degree in Journalism from Rutgers University and her master's degree from Columbia Journalism School. People Editorial Guidelines Updated on August 25, 2022 11:30 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos 01 of 12 Ariana Grande Kevin Mazur/WireImage The Sweetener singer looked all dolled up in a floral-print dress and white pumps during her 2013 debut. 02 of 12 The Jonas Brothers NDREAS BRANCH/Patrick McMullan via Getty The band of brothers love their color-coordinated suits. Check out their 2008 carpet outfits, complete with Joe and Nick's rolled-up sleeves and Kevin's all-black ensemble that had an interesting metallic sheen. Joe's bangs and Nick and Kevin's cute curls are an added bonus to these legendary looks. 03 of 12 Lady Gaga Stephen Lovekin/FilmMagic No one did a red carpet reveal better than Gaga, especially back in 2009 when she arrived in this strange-yet-fabulous vintage look. 04 of 12 Shawn Mendes Frazer Harrison/Getty The "Señorita" singer posed with a(n) (adorable) mean mug during his 2015 arrival. 05 of 12 Taylor Swift ANDREAS BRANCH/Patrick McMullan via Getty Swift was still a budding country singer in 2008 when she graced the carpet with her then-signature long curls and whimsical pink, pastel dress. 06 of 12 John Legend Evan Agostini/Getty One look at this incredible 2005 throwback has us wondering if Legend still owns these white, bootcut trousers and that black-and-white blazer with a belt that perfectly cinched his waist. 07 of 12 Kanye West Peter Kramer/Getty A fresh-faced West eagerly threw up the Roc sign, a nod to his then-label Roc-A-Fella Records, which was owned by JAY-Z, during his first carpet back in 2004. 08 of 12 Justin Bieber Michael Loccisano/Getty The married man was once just a 15-year-old music prodigy with helmet hair and long bangs in 2009. 09 of 12 Miley Cyrus ANDREAS BRANCH/Patrick McMullan via Getty Cyrus and then-boyfriend Nick Jonas had just broken up when she hit the 2008 VMAs carpet. 10 of 12 Katy Perry Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage The star was riding high on her mega-hit "I Kissed a Girl" when she wore this sparkly halter top and purple kitten heels to the 2008 award show. 11 of 12 Fall Out Boy Evan Agostini/Getty The year 2005 was all about smudged black eyeliner, side-swept bangs and emo attire, and no one did it better than these rockers. 12 of 12 Destiny's Child Destiny’s Child in 2000. Dave Hogan/Getty Gone are the days when the R&B group would show up to awards shows and performances in coordinated looks created by Beyoncé's mother, Tina Knowles. This amazing throwback captured their 2000 look when the show was held at N.Y.C.'s Radio City Music Hall.