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Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga trying out new face paint shades backstage at the 2013 VMAs.
Photo: Terry's Diary

We all saw Lady Gaga on the VMA red carpet in her black Prabal Gurung gown, accompanied by a black wig and simple, natural-looking makeup. We then saw her open the show by quickly changing through a bunch of her former famous looks until she reached her Applause video Botticelli-inspired costume which was, simply, two seashells and a flower-print thong.

What we didn't see (until now!) was Gaga behind-the-scenes and, at least by Gaga standards, relaxed. Gaga pal and frequent photographer, Terry Richardson, was backstage with the singer as she prepped for the red carpet and her comeback performance. Terry posted some pics he took to his website, Terry's Diary, and they depict Gaga as one would likely imagine she is backstage: getting massages wearing only a thong, surrounded by wigs, with gold paint all over her butt, etc., normal stuff.

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Listen, people. We know everyone can't stop talking about Miley Cyrus' twerk sesh "We Can't Stop" performance, but we have some serious VMA style moments to discuss here. Before any of the onstage shenanigans went down, we were peeping what the celebs were wearing outside the Barclays Center--you know, on that thing called a red carpet. We saw our favorite gals sporting everything from jeans and a T-shirt to super glam statement gowns, and we loved it all. As you know, though, we MUST narrow it down to our top 10 favorites, so check out who we picked below (and be sure to comment on who you liked best!).

LADY GAGA IN PRABAL GURUNG

Lady Gaga at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.
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Lady Gaga looked dashing in her all-black Prabal Gurung gown, and we know it's hitting us in a special place because we never, ever say the word "dashing." Honestly, we love seeing a sleek, goth-y Gaga wrapped up like a perfect little present, and for that, she makes it to the top of our list.

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Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears perform in nearly nude stage outfits.
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I'm pretty sure it's safe to say that, by now, 80% of America has to have seen (or at least heard about) Miley Cyrus' performance at last night's 2013 VMAs. The kick-off of a three-song medley—her own single, "We Can't Stop," plus Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and "Give It 2 U" featuring 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar—Miley started things off with a bang in a silver bear-faced leotard accompanied by an actually pretty clever a**-glorifying intro medley of what appear to be interpolations of Juvenile's "Back That Azz Up" and Big Sean's "A$$," if you were paying close enough attention, leading into her smash single. Giant teddy backpacks and dancers dressed as bears supported Miley's tongue-and-twerk-tastic solo performance, her first time ever on the VMA stage. And then the Robin Thicke portion started.

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Ciara Iggy Azalea

Ciara and Iggy Azalea on the red carpet at the 2013 VMAs.
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The stars were out last night at the 2013 VMAs—some in more clothing than others, but they were out! And if there was ever a time to go nearly nude on a red carpet, the VMAs are it. Over the years, celebs have not been shy about showing skin: from a singular purple pasty to butt-baring chain mail draping to big slits and high hems, we thought we’d seen it all. Well, we were wrong.

Ciara (in Givenchy Fall 2010 Couture) and Iggy Azalea (in Emilio Pucci) made heads turn and do a double take in second-skin sheer dresses with strategically-placed embellishments. So that’s what Ciara meant when she told us to expect a little “bling bling!” We love the subtle sexiness these gowns bring to the carpet—no nip slips here! Although, if you do think you’ve caught a glimpse of a naughty bit, it can always be chalked up to a stray sequin.

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Katy Perry

Katy Perry's 2013 VMA outfits.
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One 2013 VMA performer, three looks. That's right, show closer Katy Perry didn't end her night in her boxing gear, but changed yet again, into a very familiar look. As we know, the "Roar" singer kicked off the night, on the red carpet, in a long-sleeved, knee-length, Emanuel Ungaro animal print FW13 dress and a sparkly set o'grillz. She then showed us how to "Roar" under the Brooklyn Bridge, where she performed her new single for the first time, decked out in boxing gear, including an animal-print sports bra.

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Sure, the 2013 VMAs may be over, but we still can't stop talking about those nails! In case you missed it, we had a STELLAR spot on the red carpet *brushes shoulders off* where we could shoot some of our favorite celeb's manis up close. While some ladies went for a super simple design (like our MTV.com red carpet host Rachel Antonoff!), others went BALLS. OUT. with some seriously decked-out tips. We have a total soft spot for girls that take their nail game to the next level, so we picked our 5 favorite designs to share with y'all! FYI: Be sure to peep the poll at the end of the post, so you can see the winning design recreated in a step-by-step tutorial right here on MTV Style. Pretty cool, eh?

RITA ORA

Rita Ora Nail Art

Rita Ora's nails at the 2013 Video Music Awards on Aug. 25.
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Our first favorite mani comes from Ms. Rita Ora. She sported seriously chic nude stiletto tips with just a hint of rhinestones on the pointer and ring finger to match her all-crystal-everything Alexandre Vauthier gown. *picks jaw up off floor*

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Versace. Versace Versace. Versace Versace Versace Versace Versace. Versace! Obviously the storied design house is not new to the hip-hop and rock worlds: in Migos' number-one summer jam "Versace," for instance, they were paying homage to the way the Notorious B.I.G. wore the iconic brand. But it's definitely the brand's summer—the label's been popping more than usual, and even Lady Gaga announced she's got a song on ARTPOP called "Donatella." So, it's appropriate that an awards show held a short walk away from Biggie's original residence was populated with so many stars wearing the label.

It went far beyond #2Pantz—the cute moment when Chainz and Grimes realized they were wearing the same, fresh-off-the-runway Versace pants. (To be fair, there were subtle differences in the pattern.) Here's a rundown of all the others paying homage to the label tonight:

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Joan Smalls on the VMA Red Carpet.
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Grimes was on double Versace overlap duty: supermodel Joan Smalls wore the same logo chain over her Viktor & Rolf frock that Grimes paired with her 2 Chainz pant. Just gonna throw this out there: supergroup?

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One Direction

One Direction in black, white, and red at the 2013 VMAs.
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Accentuating black and white with a red pop is a tried-and-true, low-maintenance way to make a real style statement—particularly if you're coordinating with other people, but don't want to look too matchy-matchy. No grown dude wants to look like the Olsen Twins circa It Takes Two (unless you do, in which case, go forth!). At the VMAs tonight, two separate man-crews (One Direction and the trio of Robin Thicke, 2 Chainz, and Kendrick Lamar) put together impeccable complimentary ensembles, and as far as who might have done it better, they're neck and neck.

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