MTV VMA’s Y2K Style Evolution to 2020

The MTV VMAs have always been the place to find incredible performances and outrageous fashion from the world’s biggest stars. The first VMA show was in 1984, and since then it’s been the site of some of the most memorable moments in music history. The Y2K hype made the 2000 VMAs an incredibly exciting show, with out-of-the-box performances and crazy fashion. It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years, but the 2020 VMAs were as spectacular as ever. 

Lizzo onstage during the 2019 MTV VMAs
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Who were the most stylish stars at the MTV VMAs in 2000?

The 2000 VMAs featured huge stars, from Britney Spears to Eminem to N’SYNC. The night was full of memorable performances and iconic musicians dressed in fantastically creative outfits. 

Britney Spears pulled off an impressive costume change mid-performance, according to US Weekly. The pop star started out covering the Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction” in a pair of pinstriped pants, crisp white shirt, and black fedora. In the middle of her hit single, “Oops!… I Did It Again,” she stripped down to a nude-colored bra and pants covered in dazzling sequins. 

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Eminem delivered a show-stopping performance in the street outside Radio City Music Hall. It was tough to zero in on “The Real Slim Shady” during the show because 6th Avenue was brimming with Eminem look-alikes. All dressed in white shirts and jeans, 100 Slim Shadies lined the street for Eminem’s career-altering moment.

R&B sweetheart, Aaliyah, attended her last VMA show in 2000. She was decked out in a funky tiger-striped dress when she accepted two awards–“Best Female Video” and “Best Video From a Film.”

What were the wildest VMA fashions of all time?

Madonna is perhaps one of the most memorable style icons in music history. In 1984, she stunned audiences with her unforgettable performance of “Like a Virgin.” The giant wedding cake and lacy, racy wedding gown gave the superstar the spunk that we all came to know and love. 

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No one is likely to forget Rose McGowan’s barely-there ensemble in 1998. The edgy actor attended the show with Marilyn Manson. Her red carpet look basically consisted of a pair of underwear–and little else. She bared it all in a thong covered up by a very wispy, chain-link dress. L’il Kim’s purple pasty look turned heads in 1999, and Britney Spears’ comeback look in 2007 left people scratching their heads. 

After considering all of these memorable looks, it’s pretty clear that no one even comes close to Lady Gaga’s wacky wardrobe choices. In 2009, her thigh-high white boots and lacy white, midriff baring bodysuit were splashed with the blood she used in a fake hanging. She upstaged herself in 2010, when she returned to the VMAs in a full-out meat suit. The suit was made from more than 40 pounds of Argentinian beef. Imagine the smell…

What did the 2020 VMAs look like?

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic completely changed the VMAs this year. Performances were held outdoors or they were pre-recorded. Live visits to stars occurred via video throughout the boroughs of New York City. 

The virus couldn’t stop the stars from hitting the red carpet, though. They still showed up in drop-dead gorgeous, creative fashions. Supermodel Bella Hadid heated things up in a sheer black cutout top. Miley Cyrus echoed the sheer look with a black dress featuring mirrored sequins and elbow-length gloves, as reported by US Weekly.

Lady Gaga didn’t disappoint in her shiny silver dress, super-high platform boots, and fishbowl helmet. Nicole Ritchie and Sofia Carson added bright splashes of color to the evening. Ritchie’s lime green mini dress featured a breathtaking train. Carson was absolutely stunning in a gorgeous red Giambattista Valli gown.