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Let Us Examine This Absurd Year’s VMAs Red Carpet Offering

In spite of, well… literally everything we guess, the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, aka the VMAs, have gone ahead today. In this brave new world, there have been a bunch of changes: performers are masked and socially distanced, some segments aren’t entirely ~live~ and there’s no panning to an audience of celebs for new reactions gifs. Despite this, the carefully planned VMAs outfits have hit the internet.

While there isn’t quite as *much* wild celebrity styling to peruse this year, we reckon it’s worth examining The Look offering regardless. Given the lack of red carpet, it appears some have opted to go a little more lowkey with their outfit choices. Jaden Smith really said jeans and sneakers are award show appropriate. Tbh, given the unprecedented and semi-remote nature of said show who are we to argue?

We are going to definitively say that everyone should go say thank you to Nicola Formichetti. The Italian Japanese fashion director is responsible for Lady Gaga‘s other-worldly series of outfits. There’s no meat dress, but we do think the looks are some of the most stunning of her career—Gaga and Formichetti are actually long-time collaborators.

If you recall, the infamous meat dress was something of a political statement. Gaga explained after the fact that she was intending to draw attention to the U.S. military’s ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ stance on homosexuality. This year, it seems political fashion statements have been eschewed for for direct, sombre ones.

Throughout the VMAs multiple artists made reference to the ongoing Black Lives Matter civil rights movement, as well as noting the continued danger Black people face due to systemic racism and police brutality. Both DaBaby’s performance and The Weeknd’s acceptance speech for Video of the Year ‘Blinding Lights’ made reference to police violence. In the pre-taped acceptance video, the soft-spoken artist thanked the video’s creators Lamar Taylor and Anton Tammi, before saying, “It’s hard for me to celebrate right now and enjoy this moment. So I’m just going to say justice for Jacob Blake and justice for Breonna Taylor.”

Without further ado, here are all the outfits from the 2020 MTA VMAs red carpet, carpet not included.

Lady Gaga

Ariana Grande

Jaden Smith

The Weeknd



Machine Gun Kelly

Bella Hadid


Miley Cyrus

Madison Beer

Joey King

Nicole Richie

Doja Cat

Bebe Rexha

Monisha Rudhran (@monishamay) is a writer and chronic Pisces. Formerly at Syrup, she's now a Digital Content Producer at ELLE and marie claire Australia. She’s into trying to be a better person and sparkling water.