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VMAs 2019: 12 seriously wild red carpet looks that will instantly improve your mood

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The VMA’s always serves the boldest red carpet looks and this year was no different. We’ve rounded up the most stellar looks from the night, be warned these are a big mood. 

MTV’s Video Music Awards always brings with it a seriously wild red carpet. 

Unlike its other red carpet counterparts, the VMAs is all about having fun with your look. It is, after all, the same red carpet event that saw Rose McGowan wear an almost naked dress in 1998. Where Lil’ Kim shut down the whole event in a lilac jumpsuit with matching sequin nipple cover. Where, in 2000, Jennifer Lopez’s all white outfit spurred a thousand low-rise white jeans and crop top combos. 

And where, in 2010, Lady Gaga stepped onto the red carpet in 2010 wearing that meat dress. 

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Lady Gaga in that meat dress at the 2010 VMA's
Lady Gaga in that meat dress at the 2010 VMA's

Even beyond the red carpet, the VMAs have always been a source of drama and entertainment. Remember that Madonna, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera kiss from 2003? Or that time we all collectively pulled an incredibly awkward face when Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech in 2009 because he believed Beyoncé should have won the award for Best Female Video? 

And who can forget that incredible VMAs moment when Beyoncé debuted her baby bump in 2011 during an epic performance of Love On Top

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The 2019 VMAs were no different, serving up some of the most iconic red carpet moments we have ever witnessed (can we take a moment for Lizzo’s ‘Siren’ dress?) and delivering the sort of drama we’ve come to expect from the night (thank you Miley Cyrus and your emotional performance).

Here, we’ve rounded up the red carpet looks that are so fire they will burn bright in our red carpet memories until next year. Happy scrolling.

  • VMA Red Carpet 2019: Lizzo

    VMA Red Carpet 2019: Lizzo
    VMA Red Carpet 2019: Lizzo / Getty

    Lizzo knows how to shut it down. And nothing says ‘shut down’ like a red sequin dress with a  ‘Siren’ emblazoned across and matching feather boa to match. Bow down. 

  • VMA Red Carpet 2019: Taylor Swift

    VMA Red Carpet 2019: Taylor Swift
    VMA Red Carpet 2019: Taylor Swift / Getty

    There have been some great Versace moments this summer (Kylie Jenner in Italy, Irina Shyak in Formentera) and now Taylor Swift at the VMAs. Never have we needed a bold blazer more. 

  • VMA Red Carpet 2019: Lil Nas X

    VMA Red Carpet 2019: Lil Nas X
    VMA Red Carpet 2019: Lil Nas X / Getty

    It wasn’t the fact that his collab with Billy Cyrus is now the longest running number one of all time that was the talk of the town last night: rather, it was Lil Nas X’s glitter-filled two piece. 

  • VMA Red Carpet 2019: Halsey

    VMA Red Carpet 2019: Halse
    VMA Red Carpet 2019: Halsey / Getty

    Knock out dress? Check. Rainbow hair? Check. All boxes ticked according to Halsey. 

  • VMA Red Carpet 2019: Queen Latifah

    VMA Red Carpet 2019: Queen Latifah
    VMA Red Carpet 2019: Queen Latifah / Getty

    We didn’t know we needed an orange, fringed trouser suit until Queen Latifah served this look. 

  • VMA Red Carpet 2019: Keke Palmer

    VMA Red Carpet 2019: Keke Palmer
    VMA Red Carpet 2019: Keke Palmer / Getty

    Keke Palmer looks like a walking, talking Academy Award in this glittering get-up, and we are here for it. 

  • VMA Red Carpet 2019: Jonathan Van Ness

    VMA Red Carpet 2019: Jonathan Van Ness
    VMA Red Carpet 2019: Jonathan Van Ness

    In one fell swoop, Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness redefined the little black dress and tackled one of the autumn / winter 2019’s biggest trends: the cape. 

  • VMA Red Carpet 2019: Zara Larsson

    VMA Red Carpet 2019: Zara Larsson / Getty
    VMA Red Carpet 2019: Zara Larsson / Getty

    Swedish pop singer Zara Larsson is here to remind us ruffles are big this season. Like, really big. 

  • VMA Red Carpet 2019: Lenny Kravtiz

    VMA Red Carpet 2019: Lenny Kravtiz
    VMA Red Carpet 2019: Lenny Kravtiz / Getty

    Leave it to Lenny Kravitz to make double denim look incredibly cool. 

  • VMA Red Carpet 2019: Hailee Steinfeld

    VMA Red Carpet 2019: Hailee Steinfeld
    VMA Red Carpet 2019: Hailee Steinfeld / Getty

    Hailee Steinfeld has proven that you can absolutely wear red on a red carpet. 

  • VMA Red Carpet 2019: Bebe Rexha

    VMA Red Carpet 2019: Bebe Rexha
    VMA Red Carpet 2019: Bebe Rexha / Getty

    Christian Siriano fashioned this metallic cut out dress for the body-positive singer just two hours before the VMAs kicked off. 

  • VMA Red Carpet 2019: Camila Cabello

    VMA Red Carpet 2019: Camila Cabello
    VMA Red Carpet 2019: Camila Cabello / Getty

    A deconstructed wedding dress or a playful tongue-in-cheek moment from Camila Cabello? You decide.  

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