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The MTV Video Music Awards has always brought with it some of the best fashion moments the music world has to offer. The VMAs also act as a platform for spectacle. I mean, who can forget Lady Gaga’s iconic performance of “Paparazzi” at the 2009 VMAs or Britney Spears’ captivating anaconda dance for “I’m A Slave 4 U” in 2001? This year ushers in new possibilities with boundary innovators such as Lil Nas X in attendance, and who knows what they’ll bring?

Join GRAZIA live as we unpack some of the best fashion moments this year’s VMAs has to offer. Let’s see what shocks, what captivates and what inspires this year, shall we?

Tinashe

Singer Tinashe attends the 2021 MTV Music Video Awards (Credit: Getty Images)

Harkening back to the days of “Dirrty” by Christina Aguilera, singer Tinashe shows up to the VMAs red carpet dressed in an edgy look of an orange corset leggings and a latex bralette.  Dripping in necklaces and rings, Tinashe sets a tone for the rest to come.

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Lil Nas X in Atelier Versace

US rapper Lil Nas X arrives for the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

Nominated for six awards tonight, Lil Nas X attends the red carpet channeling a lilac Prince/Marie Antoinette fantasy. In regal purple and an androgynous style, Lil Nas X starts off the red carpet looks in an explosion of flare and opulence.

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Shawn Mendes in Judy Turner

Canadian singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes arrives for the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

Dressed in all white, Shawn Mendes gives us an exciting twist on menswear for this year’s VMAs, following the celebrity trend of all white outfits. Accessorized subtly with a emerald pendant, Mendes gives us a simplistic but handsome take on red carpet fashion, for him.

Doja Cat in Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood

Doja Cat attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/WireImage)

Giving us vamp glam, host of the 2021 VMAs, singer Doja Cat attends the red carpet in a black corset and burgundy drapery. Big hair and big personality abound, it will be exciting to see what Doja brings to the main stage of the VMAs.

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Madison Beer In Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2003

US singer Madison Beer arrives for the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

We spy a trend alert! It looks like corsetry styling is hot tonight, as American singer Madison Beer shows up in a pastel pink gown with corset detailing in front of a severe leg slit.

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Dove Cameron

Dove Cameron attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/WireImage)

From GRAZIA Gazette camp counselor cover star to VMA red carpet star, American actress Dove Cameron graces the running in yet another all white ensemble. With long blonde locks and arm warmers, this is classic Cameron glamour.

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Normani in Patryc Japagas

US singer Normani arrives for the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

More all white outfits! Singer Normani shows up in a deconstructed white jacket and mini skirt combination. With long, ruffled sleeves and hair pulled black, Normani gives us a clean silhouette, simplistic but chic.

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Paris Hilton in The Blonds

Paris Hilton attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/WireImage)

She’s living in shoulder pads and turtlenecks galore! Paris Hilton, who doesn’t need introduction, brings a futuristic and bedazzled dress to the runway, with long sleeves and high hair included.

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Kim Petras in Richard Quinn

Kim Petras attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/WireImage)

In what can only be described as Catholic, BDSM babushka chic, singer Kim Petras pairs a maximalist, flouncy dress with a latex face mask and body suit combo. This unique ensemble intrigues and carries a narrative of a complex pairing of materials.

(L-R) Paris Hilton, Olivia Rodrigo, and Kim Petras attend the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for MTV/ViacomCBS)

Olivia Rodrigo in VERSACE

Olivia Rodrigo attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards (Photo by Kevin Mazur/MTV VMAs 2021/Getty Images for MTV/ ViacomCBS)

It really isn’t brutal out here as singer Olivia Rodrigo takes the red carpet in a sunset pink and orange Versace gown. Simple yet effortlessly glamorous, Rodrigo takes a tradition silhouette by storm.

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Chloe Bailey in Marni and Halle Bailey in Mônot

Duo Halle Bailey (L) and Chloe Bailey (R) arrive for the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

Sisters Chloe and Halle Bailey make their red carpet entrance in contrasting outfits. Halle in simplistic white and Chloe in futurist, silver attire.

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Megan Fox in Mugler and Machine Gun Kelly in Dolce & Gabbana alta Satoria

Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly attend the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards (Photo by Kevin Mazur/MTV VMAs 2021/Getty Images for MTV/ ViacomCBS)

In yet another interesting twist on menswear tonight, Machine Gun Kelly sparkles in a bedazzled, ruby red suit a lá Wizard of Oz‘s ruby slippers. Alongside is girlfriend Megan Fox, wearing a nude and see-through Mugler dress, with a nude bikini underneath.

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Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker

US drummer Travis Barker and US personality Kourtney Kardashian arrive for the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

Exemplifying their edgy style, Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker make their red carpet appearance in all black. Kardashian in a black latex corsetry number (trend!) and Barker in a black suit with exposed chest tattoos.

Troye Sivan in Fendi

Troye Sivan attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV/ ViacomCBS)

Avril Lavigne in Area

Avril Lavigne attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV/ ViacomCBS)

Kacey Musgraves in Valentino couture

Kacey Musgraves attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards (Photo by Rob Kim/FilmMagic)

Billy Porter

Billy Porter attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards (Photo by Kevin Mazur/MTV VMAs 2021/Getty Images for MTV/ ViacomCBS)

Rita Ora

Rita Ora attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards (Photo by Kevin Mazur/MTV VMAs 2021/Getty Images for MTV/ ViacomCBS)

Camila Cabello in Alexis Mabille Couture

Camila Cabello attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV/ ViacomCBS)

Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/WireImage)
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