And indeed, the VMAs have definitely been a night that has served up some of the most jaw-dropping looks.
After all, no one will ever forget Lady Gaga's 2010 meat dress, which saw the singer dressed head to toe in raw beef. In addition to chunky silver jewelry and a bubble-gum pink hairstyle, Gaga completed her beef-wrapped look with both a hat and boots made out of meat.
Plus, back in 2002 Britney Spears rocked an all-black halter dress—which was a far cry from her usual glitzy gowns at the time—just two years after Pink wowed fans with her fluorescent pink spiked hair and fur length coat. And before them came Lil Kim and her head-to-toe lilac ensemble for the 1999 ceremony that left part of the rapper's chest exposed, covered only by a sequined, seashell nipple cover.
Now, ahead of the 2023 VMAs—held September 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT—we have no doubt stars like Demi Lovato, Doja Cat, Shakira, Kelsea Ballerini and more will wow us when they step out at New Jersey's Prudential Center.
Until then, keep reading to look back on the riskiest looks to come from the award show over the years.