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Ariana Grande gets giddy at the thought of snakes on stage.
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Here's a realization that’s going to blow your mind/make you feel old: This year’s VMAs will mark the 10-year anniversary of one seriously may-jah OMG moment, when Britney Spears, in booty-baring bridal wear, got an open-mouth kiss from Madonna during their mash-up performance (with a fake-and-baked Christina Aguilera) of “Like A Virgin”/”Hollywood.” But that wasn't Britney’s only OMG VMA moment! When MTV talked to Ariana Grande about her upcoming VMA pre-show performance (where she'll sing a mash-up of her two hit singles, “Baby I” and “The Way”), Grande named Spears’ “Slave 4 U” snake-charming stunt from 2001 as her favorite moment in VMA history. So would Grande dare to wear a giant reptile for her big debut?

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Have you heard the NEWS? Drake is performing at the 2013 VMAs! Usually when announcements like this happen, we rack our brains and pour over the last few runway shows to come up with performance outfit predictions, but this time, we're doing thing a little differently because unlike the other VMA performers this year, Drizzy has his own (unofficial) Dress Up app. Obviously, that means we HAD to use it to create some "Started From The Bottom" stage ensemble suggestions.

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Started from the bottom, now you're here.
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Wanna make a real "now I'm HERE" style statement? This vibrant orange variety jacket + camp pants situation is a definite head-turner. Finish it off with some Jordan cements for that hypebeast cred.

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Madonna as Marie Antoinette for her 55th birthday.
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Let them eat birthday cake! (Luxury pink five-layer cake lined with sparklers and designed by famed French bakery, Ladurèe, to be exact.) Madonna turned 55 this weekend (on August 16th) and sexed-up a chateau in the South of France with a decadent French Revolution-themed bash. Wearing a seriously stacked blonde wig, an ornate purple corset and heart-shaped eye patch, Her Madgesty channeled Marie Antoinette, sans hoop skirt (well, sans bottoms completely), while her 25-year-old boyfriend-in-waiting, Brahim Zaibat, looked all bougie and baroque by her side in a heightened grey wig of his own. Also present at the fancy fête? Madonna's not-so-little lady, Lourdes Leon, 16, who let loose in an Antoinette-ish corset gown and black ribbon choker.

"Perhaps we had too much Cale! But at my Birthday Party all I could see was LOVE," Madonna captioned a fierce party pic on her Instagram before adding, "Perhaps I had too much Champagne! I meant to write CAKE!"

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Selena Gomez kicks off her 'Stars Dance' Tour.
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Well, Selenators, Selena kicked off her tour last night in Vancouver; after giving MTV News a sneak peek at the choreography, music, and wardrobe, we finally have a complete picture of what Sels will be doing, and wearing, on stage for her world tour. The singer's stage looks were created by Marco Marco; considering Selly wore the same Marco Marco dress for her performance at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards and in her "Come and Get It" music video, it's safe to say she's a big fan of the designer's duds.

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VMA performance crop top options for Miley Cyrus.
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You already knew Miley Cyrus would be making a 2013 VMA appearance, but we can finally tell you today that Billy Ray's little girl isn't just attending (as she has for so many years in the past), she's PERFORMING. That's right, Smilers. On Sunday, August 25, your supreme flaxen pixie-haired leader is joining the current line-up of Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Katy Perry, and also just-announced Robin Thicke, hitting the stage in honor of the Moonman and the year in music videos. We're fully aware that Miles can dress herself for her big VMA moment, but being that we spend 75% of our days online shopping, we figured we'd put our powers to good use and send a little unsolicited wardrobe advice her way. Y'know, just in case she needs it. In other words, we rounded up a few crop tops she might want to wear on stage.

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One Direction at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards.
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Take notes, boys. One Direction has just served up a catalogue's worth of model dude outfits for fall at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards. We've watched this 5-piece boy band grow from meticulous color-coordination to the loose use of denim as a wardrobe unifier. This latest red carpet and stage showing, though? That's just exemplary laid-back guy styling at its best. Let's start with 1D's TCAs arrival. Every dude showed up in a pair of jeans of varying washes and silhouettes (stone-washed relaxed fit for Liam, dark resin and cuffed for Louis, white and tight for Zayn, vintage wash and slim fit for Niall, and basically painted-on for Harry). The guys' shoe game is out of this world, and almost every one of them wore an excellent transitional jacket, save Harry who chose instead to wear a collared shirt unbuttoned just below his diaphragm and a wide-brimmed felt hat. Very John Mayer, no?

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A$AP Rocky performing for the Under The Influence Of Music tour.
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Everyone give up a slow clap for A$AP Rocky wearing old school Tommy Hilfiger on stage for the Wantagh, New York stop of his and Wiz Khalifa's Under The Influence Of Music tour. The fashion killa has made a name for himself as such by regularly sporting the flyest, most current threads like custom KTZ, Raf Simons, and Ann Demeulemeester just to name a few. For his run on Rihanna's Diamonds World Tour, he wore Hood By Air high-end streetwear hot off the runway on stage in almost every city (BTW, we hear you can win a free, Rocky-signed HBA shirt from VFiles *WINK*). But now, it looks like he's turning to the archives for performance togs, pulling out and repping Hilfiger's iconic rectangular blocked logo.

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Beyonce performs final Barclays Center show of The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour.
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And just like that, she's gone. As of last night, Beyonce officially closed out the U.S. leg of her The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour in Brooklyn's Barclays Center. Sure, she still has Made In America Festival coming up Labor Day weekend, but as far as King Bey's solo performance extravaganza, last night was it for the star-spangled states. As with everything else the "Grown Woman" has a hand in, she had to close out her American run in a big way, and BOY, did she deliver. BK (as in Beyonce Knowles) didn't just give BK (as in Brooklyn) the debut live performance of "Bow Down." She also brought out a new stage ensemble AND *drumrolllll* her husband, Jay Z. AWWWwwwwww!

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Brooklyn (also, WORLD), get ready! Kanye West is performing at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, helping break in Barclays Center for its very first major awards show. Yeezy joins KAWS and Lady Gaga for the history-making 30th VMAs to perform "Black Skinhead," making history of his own by officially tying Madonna as the artist with the most VMA performances—come Sunday, August 25, Yeezus and Madge will be neck-and-neck with seven total. In honor of Ye's momentous return to the VMA stage and long history with the show, we took a look back at his previous performance outfits.

2004: CANDY PINK COLLEGE DROPOUT

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Kanye West performs at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards.
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Kanye today is larger than life, but even Kanye circa 2004 had a big VMA debut, performing a medley of chart-toppers from College Dropout—"Jesus Walks," "All Falls Down," and "Through The Wire"— with legendary Chaka Khan. The MC reworked his signature look at the time, a pink polo with the collar popped, for the occasion, opting instead for a striped Pepto Bismol pink button-up, pink satin tie, a black velveteen suit, and a big ol' smile.

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Beyonce performs at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn stop of her The Mrs. Carter Show Would Tour.
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Oh, Beyonce! You know us so well. Sure, the New York dates are trailing off on the tail end of your Mrs. Carter Show world tour's U.S. leg, but you made it worth our wait. Not just by delivering SO. HARD. for two hours straight of hits complete with performative piano-top writhing AND flying across the Barclays Center (*shameless plug* home of the 2013 VMAs *brushes shoulders off*)like TinkerBey to your second stage, but ALSO because you gave us not one but TWO new performance outfits!

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I love these two as a couple. What a festive way to celebrate two important events in their life. Mariah looks like a dream.

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