50 Times Jennifer Lopez's Red Carpet Dress Was So Stunning, We Wanted to Stand Up and Clap

Jennifer Lopez at the Jennifer Lopez 2018 at the world premiere of "Second Act"
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Jennifer Lopez has been known to wear heck out of a sweatshirt and a pair of leggings, so it's no surprise that when it comes to events, this style star doesn't hold back. J.Lo has been making us audibly gasp with her red carpet looks since at least 1997 (and definitely since 2000, when her belly-button-baring Versace gown first made an appearance) and there's rarely a moment when we aren't impressed or envious over what she's wearing.

It's hard to narrow down over 20 years of best dresses and gowns — there have been so many wins! — but somehow, we did it. Check out all the times Lopez solidified her title as ruler of the red carpet, whether she was wearing silver, animal print, or a sexy naked dress.

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2020

Jennifer Lopez 2020 SAG Awards
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For the 2020 SAG Awards, Lopez went classic and elegant, wearing a black Georges Hobeika gown with a casual $9 million worth of Harry Winston jewels.

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2020

Jennifer Lopez 2020 Golden Globes
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The star made quite the statement for the Emmy Awards, showing up in a Valentino gown that featured a big bow.

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2019

Jennifer Lopez at the 2019 Met Gala
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It was a power pose — and a whole lot of sparkle! — for the 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion. J.Lo wore a silver, fringed Versace gown with a plunging neckline.

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2019

Jennifer Lopez 2019 CFDA Awards
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Bringing matching sets the red carpet, Lopez showed up to the CFDA Fashion Awards wearing a sparkly, orange crop top and a voluminous skirt from Ralph Lauren Collection.

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2019

Jennifer Lopez 2019 Academy Awards
Jeff Kravitz

She sure likes the color silver. The Tom Ford dress she wore to the 2019 Oscars was right in line with J.Lo's signature style.

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2019

Jennifer Lopez 2019 GRAMMY Awards
Steve Granitz

The star's Ralph & Russo Couture gown was straight off the runway, and she made sure to accessorize it with Niwaka jewels, a Judith Leiber clutch, and Jimmy Choo platform heels.

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2018

Jennifer Lopez 2018 at the World Premiere of "Second Act"
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Say no to subtle. We have a feeling that's pretty much J.Lo's motto, especially after she wore this bright pink, tulle Giambattista Valli gown for the world premiere of Second Act.

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2018

Jennifer Lopez 2018 Met Gala
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This jaw-dropping, gem-encrusted Balmain gown that Lopez wore to the 2018 Met Gala was custom-made just for her.

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2018

Jennifer Lopez 2018 MTV Video Music Awards
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Sleek, sexy, silver — this one-shouldered Versace gown from the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards is definitely one of our favorites.

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2018

Jennifer Lopez 2018 Time 100 Gala
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At the Time 100 Gala, J.Lo opted to show a little leg in a Zuhair Murad Couture gown. She added even more shine to her look with some metallic Jimmy Choo heels and a Judith Leiber clutch.

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2017

Jennifer Lopez 2017 NBCUniversal Upfronts
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Lopez wore another winning look to the NBCUniversal Upfronts, showing up in an off-the-shoulder Elie Saab dress with a knotted detail and a major side slit. She coordinated with a matching clutch, Narcisa Pheres and Le Vian diamond rings, and sky-high platform sandals.

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2017

Jennifer Lopez
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This semi-sheer, blue Valentino gown featured a regal cape and made J.Lo look angelic. It was a top-notch choice for the Met Gala that year.

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2016

Jennifer Lopez at the 2016 American Idol Finale
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Lopez brought the drama for the finale of American Idol, wearing a champagne Elie Madi gown, Christian Louboutin heels, and Le Vian jewels.

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2016

Jennifer Lopez 2016 Golden Globes
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Hello, yellow! We're still swooning over this Giambattista Valli Haute Couture gown from the 2015 Golden Globes, which was perfectly accented with Harry Winston, Jimmy Choo heels, and a clutch by Judith Leiber.

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2015

2015 Tony Awards - Arrivals
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At the 2015 Tony Awards, Lopez channeled Old Hollywood glamour in a strapless navy gown with gold sequined detailing by Valentino Couture.

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2015

Billboard Awards - Jennifer Lopez
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No stranger to showing some skin, she wore a peek-a-boo sheer Charbel Zoe gown to the Billboard Music Awards.

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2015

Jennifer Lopez at the 2015 Met Gala
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J.Lo's Atelier Versace gown at the 2015 Met Gala was embroidered with a red dragon that wrapped around her body, giving a nod to the theme that year, China: Through the Looking Glass. Her accessories included a Swarovski clutch and jewelry by Sutra, Harry Kotlar, and Jack Vartanian.

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2015

87th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals
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For the 2015 Oscars, the choice was a whole lot of tulle, courtesy of Elie Saab.

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2015

Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad
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Lopez made a dramatic entrance at the 2015 Golden Globes in a caped Zuhair Murad design that was styled with Stuart Weitzman shoes and Lorraine Schwartz jewels.

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2015

Jennifer Lopez at the 2015 Oscars After-Party
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For the Vanity Fair post-Oscar party, Zuhair Murad was once again the winning choice, this time from the brand's 2015 Couture collection.

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2014

Fashion Rocks
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She struck a pose at a Fashion Rocks event, popping up on the red carpet in a sexy, cut-out Versace design and holding a Thalé Blanc clutch.

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2014

Jennifer Lopez at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards
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The 2014 Billboard Music Awards were red hot — mostly because of this caped Donna Karan bodysuit that featured floor-grazing panels as a skirt.

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2014

Jennifer Lopez 2014 MTV Video Music Awards
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J.Lo's Charbel Zoe dress almost looked like glam armor at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Jimmy Choo shoes, a Thalé Blanc clutch, and Norman Silverman rings and earrings made the look complete.

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2013

Jennifer Lopez at the 2013 GRAMMY Awards
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Sure, the black Anthony Vaccarello dress that Lopez wore to the 2013 Grammy Awards was nice, but she couldn't forget to show off those Tom Ford shoes with a full leg pop. The little extras were what made the look: Neil Lane for Forevermark and Norman Silverman jewels and a Jimmy Choo bag.

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2013

Jennifer Lopez at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards
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The star gave us glamour — and a bit of skin — at the 2013 Golden Globes, where she showed up in a lace Zuhair Murad gown and sparkly drop earrings.

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2012

Jennifer Lopez 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
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Her sequined Zuhair Murad dress for the Vanity Fair afterparty incorporated the ombre trend, going from a dark plum shade on top to a lighter cranberry on the bottom

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2012

Jennifer Lopez 2012 Academy Awards
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We have a feeling that this star really loves Zuhair Murad. She wore yet another sparkly number from the brand to the 2012 Oscars.

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2011

Jennifer Lopez at the 2011 BAFTA Awards
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A cutout Emilia Pucci gown gave us a peek at J.Lo's abs at the 2011 BAFTA Awards.

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2011

Jennifer Lopez 2011 Met Gala
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Met Gala glam! We love how the color of this Gucci gown coordinated with J.Lo's lipstick, and, of course, those floral embellished shoulders made the look stand out.

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2010

Jennifer Lopez 2010 Annual Academy Awards
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This Armani Privé dress looked stunning at the Oscars, but we could easily see it being worn as a wedding dress, too.

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2009

Jennifer Lopez 2009 Golden Globe Awards
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Going for the gold — at the Golden Globes! — in Marchesa.

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2008

Jennifer Lopez 25th annual Night of Stars 2008
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Lopez's one-shoulder Versace dress was sweet, but it was her drop earrings and large bun that stole the show at the 25th annual Night of Stars.

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2007

Jennifer Lopez 2007 Academy Awards
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This empire-waisted Marchesa gown reminded us of ancient Greece, and J.Lo looked like a true goddess at the 2007 Oscars.

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2006

Jennifer Lopez 2006 MTV Video Music Awards
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2006

Jennifer Lopez 2006 Academy Awards
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Why wear new when you can wear vintage? That was likely J.Lo's thought process when she stepped out in this gorgeous green throwback number by Rita Watnick.

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2005

Jennifer Lopez 2005/2006 UPN Prime Time UpFront
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Form-fitting, slightly sheer, and with a splash of metallic when it comes to accessories and shoes. The star stayed true to her go-tos while attending the UPN Prime Time UpFront.

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2004

Jennifer Lopez Golden Globe Awards 2004
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Metallic and marigold proved to be the perfect color combination at the 2004 Golden Globes, where she walked the red carpet in a bright Michael Kors gown.

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2003

Jennifer Lopez Oscars 2003
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Lopez had a minty moment at the 2003 Oscars, where she showed up in a one-shouldered Valentino gown that featured material draped over her arm.

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2002

Jennifer Lopez at the Premiere of Enough 2002
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The sheer top, the flower, the dreamy '60s vibe — what isn't there to love about this look from the premiere of Enough.

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2002

Jennifer Lopez Academy Awards 2002
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The star looked like she stepped out of old Hollywood at the Oscars, wearing a pretty, pink Versace gown.

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2001

Jennifer Lopez 2001 MTV Video Music Awards
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Lopez showed some skin — and embraced leopard print — at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards.

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2000

Jennifer Lopez 2000 MTV Awards
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Yes, J.Lo's top from the 2000 MTV Awards does say Sean John. She, of course, paired it with bandana and an embellished silver belt.

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2000

Jennifer Lopez Grammys 2000
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The Versace dress that broke the Internet — and inspired a million recreations — popped up at the Grammy Awards at the start of the millennium.

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1999

Jennifer Lopez 1999 Notorious Magazine Launch
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A few years before Paris Hilton partied in a slinky silver dress, J.Lo wore a similar one to the launch of Notorious Magazine.

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1999

Jennifer Lopez Academy Awards 1999
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A full, strapless ballgown and a sparkly choker necklace made for the perfect princess moment at the 1999 Oscars.

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1998

Jennifer Lopez 1998 MTV Video Music Awards
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Clearly, this woman isn't afraid of a statement-making accessory. She paired her suit with a large cowboy hat back at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards.

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1998

Jennifer Lopez Golden Globes 1998
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This multi-colored look would go on to inspire others — particularly Sienna Miller's look from the 2020 Golden Globes.

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1997

Jennifer Lopez Anaconda Premiere 1997
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For the premiere of Anaconda, Jennifer showed a little leg in a lacy brown number.

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1997

Jennifer Lopez Academy Awards 1997
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Early on in her career, the star went with sweet and classic, wearing a Badgley Mischka gown to the Oscars that year.

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