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Just like MTV isn't really about music videos anymore, the VMAs aren't really about those moon man awards. They're about the fashion. Over the years, our fave celebs have really pulled out the stops. And let's just say that maybe some of them shouldn't have. Join us as we take a trip down memory nightmare lane and check out the crazy looks that make up our list of the most outrageous outfits ever worn to the MTV VMAs. 

The VMAs are all about the performances... on the red carpet. For years our fave artists have made some crazy VMA fashion choices. Sure, we could blame it on '90s fashion norms (*NSYNC, we're looking at you), but then it continued through the 2000s (Christina Aguilera, Fergie) and to modern times with Lady Gaga's infamous meat dress. 

We've documented some of the worst VMA fashion right here on our list, including Britney's rocker-chic look, and Lil' Kim's purple pasty. But let's be honest, these are ladies who could have been on this list multiple times. We also have to thank the VMAs for kicking off trends like "naked dresses" and "unicorn hair." You'll see who we're talking about there.

If you want to get inspired for your next big night out (or learn what mistakes to avoid), check out the most shocking VMA outfits. Vote for the most - OMG I can't believe they wore that - look!

Rose McGowan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Outrageous Outfits Ever Worn to the MTV VMAs
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Rose McGowan kicked off the naked dress trend with this look in 1998. And you thought Marilyn Manson's outfit would have been more shocking. 

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Lil' Kim's Purple Pasty


Lil' Kim's Purple Past... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Outrageous Outfits Ever Worn to the MTV VMAs
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L'il Kim wore the little pasty that shocked the world to the 1999 VMAs. More frightening was the moment when Diana Ross cupped it onstage. 
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Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Outrageous Outfits Ever Worn to the MTV VMAs
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Christina Aguilera was right in the middle of her "dirrty" phase when she wore this "outfit" to the 2002 VMAs. 

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Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Outrageous Outfits Ever Worn to the MTV VMAs
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Pretty much everyone expected 2015 VMA host Miley Cyrus to show up in something outrageous. Thankfully,  the tongue-wagging, twerking pop star didn't disappoint in this custom Atelier Versace look.

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