The Most Outrageous Looks From the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards Red Carpet

Doja Cat MTV VMAs 2021
Photo: Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images

The year's most unpredictable red carpet goes down at the MTV Video Music Awards. Without the buttoned-up formality that other awards shows embrace — yeah, we're looking at you, no-hoodies-allowed Oscars — stars are allowed to express themselves and offer up some unforgettable looks. After all, this is the show where Lady Gaga wore a dress made of meat, Jennifer Lopez wore a bedazzled spaghetti-strap Sean John top, and Lil' Kim arrived in a purple wig, pastie, and had one breast out.

This year, host (and nominee for both Video of the Year and Artist of the Year) Doja Cat kept that tradition going, wearing a necklace made of literal rocks. Of course, Lil Nas X made sure to steal the spotlight with a dramatic bedazzled train in his signature pastel purple.

Click through to see the most outrageous and amazing looks from tonight's show.

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Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves MTV VMAs 2021
Photo by Kevin Mazur/MTV VMAs 2021/Getty Images for MTV/ ViacomCBS
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Doja Cat

Doja Cat MTV VMAs 2021
Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images
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Anitta

Anitta MTV VMAs 2021
Photo by Jeff Kravitz/MTV VMAs 2021/Getty Images for MTV/ViacomCBS
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Dove Cameron

Dove Cameron MTV VMAS 2021
Photo by Jeff Kravitz/MTV VMAs 2021/Getty Images for MTV/ViacomCBS
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Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez MTV VMAs 2021
Photo by Noam Galai/MTV VMAs 2021/Getty Images for MTV/ViacomCBS
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Tinashe

Tinashe MTV VMAs 2021
Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images
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Shawn Mendes

Shawn Mendes MTV VMAs 2021
Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV/ ViacomCBS
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Lil Nas X

Lil Nas X MTV VMAs 2021
Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images
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Normani

Normani MTV VMAs 2021
Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP
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Olivia Rodrigo

Olivia Rodrigo MTV VMAs 2021
Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/WireImage
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Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton MTV VMAs 2021
Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/WireImage
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Saweetie

Saweetie MTV VMAs 2021
Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/WireImage
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Kim Petras

Kim Petras MTV VMAs 2021
Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/WireImage
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Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne MTV VMAs 2021
Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/WireImage
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Camila Cabello

Camila Cabello MTV VMAs 2021
Photo by Kevin Mazur/MTV VMAs 2021/Getty Images for MTV/ ViacomCBS
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Halle Bailey

Halle Bailey
Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images
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Chloe Bailey

Chloe Bailey
Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images
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Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran MTV VMAs 2021
Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images
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Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly

Megan Fox Machine Gun Kelly MTV VMAs 2021
Photo by Kevin Mazur/MTV VMAs 2021/Getty Images for MTV/ ViacomCBS
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Ciara

Ciara MTV VMAS 2021
Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images
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Lance Bass, Nick Lachey, and AJ McLean

Lance Bass, Nick Lachey, AJ McLean
Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images
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Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian

Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian
Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images
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Simone Biles

Simone Biles MTV VMAs 2021
Photo by Jeff Kravitz/MTV VMAs 2021/Getty Images for MTV/ViacomCBS
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Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish MTV VMAs 2021
Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/WireImage
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Troye Sivan

Troye Sivan MTV VMAs 2021
Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV/ ViacomCBS
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Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys MTV VMAs 2021
Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for MTV/ViacomCBS
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Billy Porter

Billy Porter
Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/WireImage
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Ashanti

Ashanti MTV VMAs 2021
Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for MTV/ViacomCBS
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Charli XCX

Charli XCX MTV VMAs 2021
Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for MTV/ViacomCBS
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G-Eazy

G-Eazy MTV VMAs 2021
Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic
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Rita Ora

Rita Ora 2021 MTV VMAs
Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic
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Winnie Harlow

Winnie Harlow MTV VMAs 2021
Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic
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