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13 best beauty moments from the 2000 VMAs

A special time where crimped hair and bedazzled bandanas were red carpet appropriate.

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Like most award shows and in-person events this year, MTV's Video Music Awards are going virtual for its 36th annual edition. With performers like Chloe x Halle, BTS, and Lady Gaga, it's still sure to be a big night, but it certainly makes one nostalgic for when things could be in-person. Take 20 years ago for example, when camera phones literally didn't exist, and the biggest and most glamorous celebrities took to the carpet.

Ahead of the 2020 show, we're looking back at the VMA red carpet in 2000, where some of history's truest icons held nothing back, leaning into the new millennium's biggest beauty trends. From Britney Spears and Destiny's Child to Aaliyah and Christina Aguilera, get ready to feel a massive wave of nostalgia.

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With a silky blowout, Aaliyah wore her signature neutral glam.

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Gisele Bündchen

Looking like a true supermodel, Bündchen's hair was full of body. As for glam, she opted for diffused black liner and a glossy red lip.

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Britney Spears

With a pink lip and matte skin, Spears wore her platinum blonde hair in soft waves, with crimped strands throughout.

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Destiny's Child

The trio went their own ways with their hairstyles, but aligned on the makeup — each of them wearing an intense, all-around black liner and neutral, glossy lips.

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A very '00s Jennifer Lopez look, the singer took the red carpet with her hair braided back into soft waves — and that iconic white bedazzled bandana.

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Pink upgraded her bright magenta pixie with antenna-like twists pointing in every direction.

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Lil Kim

Letting her outfit do most of the work, Kim opted for a fairly natural makeup look and big curly brown hair, featuring streaks of honey blonde.

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Eve decided red was her theme for this carpet appearance, with her hair dyed a fire-engine shade, matching her eye and lip makeup.

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Christina Aguilera

With her debut album released less than a year prior, Aguilera was settling into her signature style — including those red-and-black streaks popping out from her platinum blonde hair.

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Ananda Lewis

Split in a middle part, Lewis wore her hair in bodied waves with bronzed cheeks and a deep burgundy lip.

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Heidi Klum

With her hair slicked back into a bun, Klum left her skin dewy and fresh for the red carpet, leaving the focus on her thick, swept brows and soft blush.

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Macy Gray

Macy Gray matched her voluminous afro to her outfit for the night, tinting it a bright red.

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Kate hudson

Taking a page out of mom Goldie Hawn's book, Hudson wore feathered, swooped bangs framing her face.

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