Amidst the hustle and bustle of
New York Fashion Week, the MTV Video Music Awards arrived at the tail end of the five-day event on Tuesday, Sept. 12.
Hosted by Nicki Minaj, the show honored the best of music over the past year. Surprisingly, this year’s ceremony did not disappoint in the slightest when it came to its highly anticipated performances — the buzziest being
Shakira’s 10-minute-long compilation, Nicki Minaj’s preview of her upcoming , and Olivia Rodrigo’s mashup from her newly released (and excellent) sophomore album, Pink Friday 2 album (music isn’t dead after all, folks!) Aside from that (and GUTS an unexpected nostalgic reunion with *NSYNC), the red carpet and on-stage glam ranked as one of the most talked about parts of the show as celebrities put their best ‘fits forward.
This year, we saw that the stars didn’t hesitate to pull out custom-made pieces for the award show. Olivia Rodrigo, for example, took to the stage just a week after releasing
wearing a custom cherry red two-piece from Sandy Liang, with a troupe of dancers in matching pink sets. Other celebrities opted for pieces straight off of the NYFW catwalk, including Saweetie in Area and Kim Shui, Lil Nas X in Palomo Spain, and City Girls’ JT in Mirror Palais. GUTS
See our roundup of the 13 best red carpet moments from the 2023 MTV VMAs, below.
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Wearing a Ludovic de Saint Sernin gown embellished with 150,000 Swarovski crystals paired with silver
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Wearing a custom red two-piece by Sandy Liang, similar to the designer’s Spring 2023 look, with slouchy white leg warmers and black Converse sneakers.
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Wearing a shimmery Versace ensemble with Jimmy Choo heels.
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Wearing a gold bedazzled and fringed set while performing on stage as this year’s recipient of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.
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Wearing a baby blue silk cutout dress after winning the Best Collaboration award for “TQG.”
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Wearing a pink Area dress straight off the brand’s Spring 2024 runway.
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While on stage at the 2023 MTV VMAs, the singer wore a corset mini dress from Kim Shui’s Spring 2024 collection.
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Wearing Palomo Spain Spring 2024 on the MTV VMAs red carpet.
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Wearing a strapless corset dress from Mirror Palais’ Spring 2024 collection and Marc Jacobs’ Kiki boots.
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Wearing Schiaparelli Fall 2023 couture with Gianvito Rossi heels.
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Wearing a cutout fringe look after receiving the Best Latin award for “Funk Rave.”
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Yeonjun, HueningKai, Beomgyu, Taehyun, and Soobin of Tomorrow X Together coordinated in matching suits at the 2023 MTV VMAs.
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After winning best PUSH Performance of the year, the boy group was seen after the show in black-and-white and metallics paired with matching ripped pants.
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Changbin, I.N, Han, Felix, Lee Know, Seungmin, Hyunjin, and Bang Chan of Stray Kids wore black-and-white while heading inside of the 2023 MTV VMAs.
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After winning Best K-pop Video for their song “S-Class,” the group posed after their stage coordinated in brown and black outfits.
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Wearing Brandon Blackwood with Stuart Weitzman heels and Jacob And Co. jewelry.
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Wearing Versace with Jimmy Choo heels.
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Wearing a white spiderweb dress to the 2023 MTV VMAs.
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Wearing a Barbie bride-inspired look from Dolce & Gabbana.
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Wearing a fitted chocolate brown mermaid dress to the 2023 MTV VMAs.
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Wearing head-to-toe black at the 2023 MTV VMAs.
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Wearing a red Oscar de la Renta gown with Jimmy Choo heels.
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Wearing a black Versace dress with Jimmy Choo heels and jewelry from Joseph Saidian and Sons, Anita Ko, İTÄ, and Maria Tash.
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Wearing a white mesh gown with a glittering bustier underneath at the 2023 MTV VMAs.
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Wearing Roberto Cavalli Fall 2023 with Jimmy Choo heels.
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Wearing Shushu/Tong with Jimmy Choo heels.