Some looks are so classic it’d be offensive not to channel them on the red carpet. You can check out your favourite looks at the 2018 MTV VMAs on Sunday, August 20 at 9e/6p.
Showing skin never goes out of style at the VMAs. Just ask Nelly, sans top in 2000, and a bare-chested Usher in 2005. It’s getting hot in herre!
Rose McGowan donned one of the most infamous and revealing VMA red carpet outfits of all time back in 1998. Who better to recreate the look in 2014 than the always gorgeous yet scantily clad Amber Rose?
Fashion icon Aaliyah made a memorable statement at the 2000 VMAs, wearing a yellow zebra print dress and strappy heel. Fourteen years later, pop star Charli XCX brought yellow zebra print back to the carpet, this time in a one-piece pant suit.
Pop princess Britney Spears shocked the world when she stripped down to a bedazzled nude ‘fit during her unforgettable VMA performance in 2000. Thirteen years later and Miley Cyrus had our mouths wide open when she made a similar wardrobe change onstage.
Lil Kim left very little to the imagination when she arrived to the 2001 VMAs in teeny tiny floral pasties. In 2013 Lady Gaga showed off just as much skin in a barely there seashell bikini top.
Jewels, mesh, and tons of feathers! Could Paris Hilton’s 2004 VMA gown have inspired Ciara’s strikingly similar 2013 red carpet attire?
Let me see ya grills! Lil Jon may have rocked a mouth full of diamonds at the 2005 VMAs, but like most bling, it only gets better with time. Katy Perry proved just that when she nearly blinded photogs at the 2013 VMAs with her expensive grin.
Old Hollywood glam will always be in vogue! Christina Aguilera debuted blonde curls and bright red lips at the 2006 VMAs and seven years later Taylor Swift arrived at the 2013 MTV VMAs showing off a similar beauty trend.
In 2011, Selena Gomez sported a classy black high-low sheer dress that was unforgettable. Just three years later, Alexandra Shipp rocked a similar dress that was all the rave on the carpet.
Both Akon and Usher look like they walked straight off a yacht (Oh wait, they did!) in crisp all white ensembles at the 2005 VMAs.
Taking note from Andrew Dice Clay’s 1989 red-carpet-ready bomber, Naturi Naughton keeps it sleek and chic in similar symmetric stripes in 2010.
Cher’s unmistakable style is still inspiring the looks of women and men years after her 1987 VMA appearance. VMA host Russell Brand pulls off big hair and tight leather in 2008.
These two are so cool, they’re cold. JC Chasez rocks a fur jacket at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards, as does Alicia Keys the following year.
Rihanna shares more than just umbrellas. Both pop princesses rock long sleeve leotards for their 2007 and 2008 VMA performances.
Britney Spears pioneered the belly baring, bronze look at the 1999 VMAs. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson quickly follows suit in 2000 with a gold getup of his very own.
After supermodel stunner Cindy Crawford wows the crowd in a glitzy gown at the 1991 VMAs, RuPaul proves imitation is the sincerest form of flattery with a nearly identical sparkle dress two years later.
A VMA double-take! Presenters Coolio and Björk look like twinsies as they hit the stage with matching manes in 1994.
Renee Zellweger brings crimped hair back from the ’80s at the 1999 VMAs and Britney brings it to the new millenium in 2000.
Who says head-to-toe floral isn’t timeless? David Lee Roth and Andy Dick don dapper flower-patterned suits in 1984 and 1998, respectively.
With plunging necklines and sleek side ponies, Eva Longoria and JWOWW strut their synchronized stuff in shimmery silver mini dresses at the 2005 and 2011 VMAs.
Ne-Yo’s black fedora matches his peace sign pose so well at the 2007 VMAs that Kid Rock dons a black hat to accessorize his own peace sign pose the very next year.
Singer Brandy glams up the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards in a low-cut, fringe dress. A year later, ‘Sex and the City’ star Kim Cattrall hits the VMA red carpet in a similar sparkling ensemble. Samantha would be proud.
Tokio Hotel lead singer Bill Kaulitz puts a modern spin on Tina Turner’s 1984 VMA look with big hair in 2008. What’s gender got to do with it?
Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler is big pimping at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards. Not to be out done, Snoop Dogg hits the 2003 VMA stage looking dapper in his own wide-brimmed fedora and scarf.
Jessica Simpson rocks an all-white ensemble to the 2003 VMAs. Nine years later, Taylor Swift walks the red carpet in a similar suit. The biggest difference is, of course, only one of them is wearing a shirt.
Comedienne Sarah Silverman and singer Nelly Furtado both opt for black pants at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards. Hopefully Silverman had a sense of humor about sharing the same outfit.
Justin Bieber and Sky Blu from LMFAO rock red and black harmony in matching pants, tees, and jackets on the black carpet at the 2011 VMAs.
Kanye West and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino clearly think alike when it comes to showcasing their intricately shaved noggins in 2009 and 2010.
West Coast cuties Kristin Cavallari and Katy Perry ditch their beachy ensembles for similar strapless silver sequin dresses at the 2009 VMAs.
Britney Spears pushes the envelope at the 2001 VMAs in a lacey ensemble. Mexican pop singer Paulina Rubio takes it up a notch in 2005 with a longer, barely-there version.
Lady Gaga’s 2009 VMA headdress mirrors deadmau5’s distinctive ‘mau5head’ from the 2010 awards.
The VMAs can get a little wild. Paris Hilton brings the jungle back in 2007 after Lindsay Lohan and Gwen Stefani rock the 2005 red carpet in fierce leopard-print.
A young Lindsay Lohan rocks the business-casual look in a tight black vest and white shirt in 2003, and reality star Tila Tequila follows suit in 2008.
Madonna shocks the crowd at the 1984 VMAs with a punk-inspired wedding look. In 2010, almost three decades later, Rihanna pays homage.
First people compared the powerhouse pipes of Christina Aguilera and Mariah Carey, now their wardrobes. Mariah debuts this midriff-baring outfit in 1997, and X-Tina vamps up her barely-there creation in 2000.
Marilyn Manson wears this asymmetrical haircut at the MTV Video Music Awards two years after Pink wears the style on the 2002 VMA red carpet. So what? He’s still a rock star.
Chad Gray from Mudvayne and Lady Gaga sport an unusual accessory at the 2001 and 2009 VMAs — blood. Don’t worry, no one was harmed in the process.
Blonde bombshells Paris Hilton and Brooke Hogan opt for barely-there mermaid dresses at the 2004 VMAs.
At the 2012 show, Miley Cyrus debuts her brand new ‘do and causes quite a stir on the red carpet when she’s placed right next to P!nk. Bright blonde pompadours on both singers? Twinsies!
Pink and Shakira embrace the ultimate fashion faux pas — arriving at the 2009 VMAs in the exact same dress.
Will the real Slim Shady please stand up? Kid Rock and Eminem show bad boys wear track pants for their respective 1999 and 2002 VMA performances.
In 2007, Rihanna donned an electric pink gown with a bustier neckline. Five years later, ‘Awkward’ star Greer Grammer wears the same shade with a similar neckline, only with a much shorter hemline.
It looks like Slipknot’s Craig Jones got the inspiration for his 2008 VMA attire from Pink’s spiky hairdo in 2000.
Déjà vu! Pop superstars Rihanna and Beyonce seem to be fans of leather corsets and thigh-high boots. Beyoncé wears her’s at the 2003 VMAs while Rihanna dons her dominatrix gear in 2008.
Both R&B singer T-Pain and rock legend Slash top their iconic hairdos with formal headgear at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. Classy.
Vanessa Minnillo and Paris Hilton are crazy for prints in multi-patterned floorlength gowns at the 2005 VMAs.