TLC at the 1995 VMAs.
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The Most Unforgettable MTV VMAs Fashion Moments Of All Time

It spans beyond a meat dress (though that is included).

2020 will mark MTV's Video Music Awards 36th year on television. That's 36 red carpets, which have been full of everything from a scandalous wedding dress to a bedazzled nipple to a gown made from raw meat. Ahead, take a look back at the best red carpet moments in VMAs history.

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1984, Madonna

The often-recreated Madonna look that catapulted her to legend status.

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1992, Cindy Crawford

Cindy Crawford's 1992 Versace gown has since inspired her model daughter, Kaia Gerber.

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1994, Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson wore baggy denim overalls and a baseball cap that read "stay black."

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1995, TLC

The girl group wore matching white looks to the 1995 awards.

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1997, Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey braved a hip-high slit to the 1997 ceremony.

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1999, Lil' Kim

Who could forget Lil' Kim's iconic pasty to the 1999 VMAs? Absolutely no one, that's who.

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2000, Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez wore all-white to the 2000 awards, including the now-iconic bandana.

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2001, Missy Elliott

At the 2001 VMAs, Missy Elliott paid tribute to her friend Aaliyah with an airbrushed image of the singer on the back of her white jacket.

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2002, Britney Spears

Britney Spears was a sexy train conductor at the 2002 ceremony in New York City.

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2006, Pharrell and Nigo

An ageless Pharrell attended the 2006 awards alongside BAPE designer, Nigo.

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2010, Lady Gaga

2010 has since gone down in history as the year Lady Gaga wore raw meat on the red carpet.

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2012, Rihanna

The short hair, red lip, and white gown. So crazy to think that the 2012 VMAs had an actual angel in attendance.

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2014, Katy Perry and Riff Raff

Inspired by Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake's matching denim looks, Katy Perry and Riff Raff wore their own Canadian tuxedos to the 2014 VMAs.

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2015, Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus' barely there Versace look was just the beginning of an unforgettable VMAs.

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2016, Beyoncé and Blue Ivy

After debuting her baby bump on the VMAs red carpet in 2011, Beyoncé's daughter Blue Ivy made her second VMAs appearance in 2016.

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2018, Cardi B

Cardi B made her first red carpet appearance after giving birth to her daughter at the 2018 VMAs wearing a custom Nicolas Jebran dress.

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2019, Lizzo

Lizzo wore a red sequin gown and feather boa by Moschino to the awards in 2019.

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2019, Lil Nas X

Lil Nas X went full yeehaw in a red leather look.

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2020, Lady Gaga

In her first “Moonman-inspired” outfit for the night, Lady Gaga wore a sculptured metallic dress from Area, black platform heels from Pleasers, and a clear helmet by Conrad Muscarella.

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2020, Bella Hadid

Bella Hadid wore an off-the-shoulder mesh bodysuit from Nensi Dojaka with low-rise black pleated bottoms.

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2021, Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne wore a pink plaid suit with a heart-shaped cutout from Area with a crystal-studded bra top and black platform boots.

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2021, Lil Nas X

Lil Nas X paid homage to Lil’ Kim’s 1999 red carpet look in a purple off-the-shoulder suit from Versace.

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