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Rihanna MTV Video Music Awards Performance Outfits

Rihanna performing at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2010, 2008, and 2007.
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Ahhh, it's true! Rihanna will be performing at the 2012 Video Music Awards (along with Frank Ocean, Taylor Swift, Pink and One Direction!), and we are SO. EXCITED. Whenever RiRi hits the VMA stage, she always buh-rings her fashion A-game, and we cannot wait to see what she will wear come September 6! Like, has it already been two years since she sported that all-white Madonna "Like A Virgin"-inspired ensemble complete with an oversized tulle tutu and lace crop top? SO KILLER. She accessorized with a diamond cross necklace (of course), lace-up boots and that $1,200 Jennifer Behr crystal headwrap. For a pop of color, she matched her fiery red waves with a matte lip and a soft smokey eye. (Also, please do not forget when a cat ALSO sported this iconic VMA ensemble. YUP.)

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In case you missed THE biggest hair news of the year, last week Miley Cyrus chopped of her luscious ringlets for a bleach-blonde, shaved-on-the-sides-long-on-top punky pixie cut, and we LOVE it. Since she debuted her new 'do, we've also noticed that her typically flowy, boho-chic style is transforming into an edgier, punkier look à la Swedish pop singer Robyn. Think: Chunky patent leather lace-up Dr. Martens with printed leggings and boxy, oversized tops.

Miley Cyrus Video Music Awards

Looks from Proenza Schouler, Ashish, and The Blonds' fall 2012 collections.
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We ALSO just found out that Miley will be presenting at the 2012 Video Music Awards (YAY), which totally guarantees her amazing presence and killer FASHUNZ at the show, but her new hair really got us thinking—will her edgy new 'do influence her VMA ensemble? We're guessing yes, SO we compiled what we think she'll wear for her first short-haired red carpet debut. We assume she'll sport something fun yet funky, which is why we picked out this black and blue Proenza Schouler number. It's got that badass exposed zippers and leather look with a touch of girliness that we love oh-so-much about Miley. If Ms. Cyrus decides to go a bit more casual (unlike last year), we think she'll opt for a bold and punky '90-inspired Ashish ensemble. We like this sparkly graphic print tunic dress with stacked rainbow platforms. If she were to go ALL OUT badass, we could totally see her sporting The Blonds' leopard print rhinestone-encrusted bustier with a gold lionhead medallion belt and sheer skirt. But, um, we can do without the helmet. (Sorry!)

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Taylor Swift at the 2010, 2009, and 2008 MTV Video Music Awards.
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Hot on the heels of announcing her forthcoming album Red and dropping a record-breaking new single, Taylor Swift isn't quite finished sharing awesome news: this morning we learned that the pop star is officially the fifth artist slated to perform at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards! YES. The singer (and bonafide style darling) has had some seriously epic moments both onstage and off in the past, but the superstar is ready to top it ALL come September 6th. Until then, though, let's predict what Taylor's going to be wearing on the big night. Here's a hint: it just might involve the color red....

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Pink

Pink's performance outfits from the 2002, 2008, and 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.
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BIG news today, y'all! The world's newest CoverGirl and reigning champion of lady badassery, P!nk, is confirmed to perform at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards! She joins English-Irish boy band One Direction and the incomparable Alicia Keys on the night's performance bill. Unlike the bright-eyed, bushy-tailed boys of 1D, this isn't P!nk's first time at the rodeo. She's performed on the Moonman's stage three times before, and each performance and its corresponding outfit has been more shocking than the last.

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One Direction

One Direction will perform at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.
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It seems like just yesterday we were sliding and diving into Internet wormholes to figure out who these dapper little gents we kinda sorta remembered from the British X Factor were. Now One Direction is a household name (as are the individual boys). This latest iteration in boy bands is now a smash success, and we are SO excited to have them not only attending the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards as nominees but PERFORMING in all their blazer-wearing, besuspendered, GIF-worthy glory. *faints abruptly but is caught by Harry Styles hologram*

Boy bands have a long and storied history with the VMAs, and while we may have already done an exteeeeensive recap of boy band style from The Jackson 5 to the British-Irish lads of 1D, we felt this an appropriate time to delve into the specifics of VMA performance outfits. Think of the OG write-up as your survey class. Welcome to the 200-level courses. We're rolling up our sleeves and digging into the VMA stage togs of New Edition, Boyz II Men, Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, and The Jonas Brothers. LEGGO!

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One of the many perks of working at MTV Style is that, rather than there just being seasons punctuated by holidays and our birthdays once a year, there are also the annual MTV Video Music Awards! And the time has come! We've been mentally preparing for this moment, well, since the dust settled on the 2011 MTV VMAs, and here it is! First of all: Check out the full list of nominees here. Second of all: Start voting! Of course all of our favorite fashion plates were nominated, from Beyonce (Best Female Video, Best Editing) and Katy Perry (Best Female Video, Video Of The Year, Best Art Direction, Best Visual Effects), to M.I.A. (Video of the Year, Best Cinematography) and Lana Del Rey (Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction), the ladies and gents (lest we forget Kanye and Jay-Z, Frank Ocean, or Drake, all also nominated) of the MTV VMAs are also some of the most well heeled. We also have just a few first timers nominated, so we wanted to look back at what some of our nominees wore last year, to get you excited for the upcoming red carpet madness. Check out the looks, and then, again, don't forget to VOTE for your favorites!

Beyonce, Selena Gomez, and Justin Bieber at the 2011 MTV VMAs.
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The 2011 VMAs were a big year for couples. Between Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber canoodling on the red carpet (cute) to Beyonce announcing her pregnancy with husband Jay-Z (MAJOR cute), love was in the air. Beyonce, who is nominated for Best Female Video for "Love On Top" and Best Choreography for "Countdown," this year, showed off her baby bump on the red carpet in a stunning draped Lanvin wrap dress. We're sure she'll go classic and elegant again this year, being a new mama and all. Meanwhile, Justin Bieber, who is nominated for Best Male Video and Best Pop Video for "Boyfriend" this year, would have won the Weirdest Accessory award, if such a category existed. He took to the red carpet in an outfit reminiscent of Kanye's 2010 VMAs performance look, but accessorized with an albino snake, which lay curled in the singers hand as he swaggered down the runway. *ugh snakes shudder* Snakes or no, Selena, who is nominated for Best Female Video for "Love You Like A Love Song," looked incredible whether she was smooching her man or no, in a lacy, elegant Julien Macdonald gown.

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Lil Wayne leopard pants

Lil' Wayne at the 2011 VMAs and Tripp NYC leopard pants.
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How weird is it that, like, four days ago we found ways to cop Lil' Wayne's performance style for ladies and then Weezy turns up to the 2011 VMAs in WOMEN'S PANTS?! It's like he's reading our blog or something (I see you lookin' at me, Weezy. Hayyyy) and wants to make it incredibly easy for us! His leopard pants were soo spot on (heh) that we were already mega-eyeballing them during the show on Sunday night. Luckily, you can grab these fierce Tripp NYC leopard pants for only $44 (boys: buy two sizes up to sag like him). I mean, it's no surprise that we're loving Lil' Wayne's performance outfit—he always finds a way to wear cop-worthy (and attractive!) clothes onstage. He paired his leopard pants with a Louis Vuitton belt, rhinestone-studded red Vans, blue Polo Ralph Lauren undies, and neon pink and studded bracelets. Remember though, he's not the first rapper to sport women's clothing—we'll never let Kanye live down wearing that Celine blouse to Coachella. But both rappers MUST be doing something right since they're both on the road to releasing their first fashion lines. Hmm. If more dudes started wearing ladies duds we'd have fashion designers budding up EVERYWHERE. Get to it, guys.

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+ WATCH LIL WAYNE'S LIVE PERFORMANCE OF 'HOW TO LOVE' AT THE 2011 VMAS!!!

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Katy Perry, Lil Mama, and Jessie J wear the best shoes of the night at the 2011 VMAs.
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I hope you didn't think we forgot about the most important (in MY humble opinion - though, I know I'm biased) accessory in our 2011 VMA style round-up! Oh, ye of little faith. There were just SO many options, such A-grade shoes game (not to mention outfit changes) that we needed to let it all marinate before we made our selections. The flipbook is full of our picks, but our three most exemplary well-heeled ladies of the night were big winner Katy Perry, MTV family staple Lil Mama, and VMA House Artist Jessie J.

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Kim Kardashian and Vanessa Hudgens at the 2011 VMAs.
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During the 2011 VMAs, we saw SO MANY celebs sparkling on the red carpet! From Jessie J and JWOWW to Demi Lovato and Kelly Rowland, the ladies were literally lighting up the place with their shimmery dresses. But when we saw Kim Kardashian and Vanessa Hudgens we did a double take—they were both sporting super similar long silver dresses (try saying that 10 times fast! Because I can't :( ). The brunette beauties opted for low cut skintight metallic gowns AND glistening silver cuffs, but their hair game was totally different. Kim kept her look more relaxed with free-flowing strands paired with a cap-sleeved KaufmanFranco silver gown and no necklace. Vanessa piled on the metal and went with '40s glam finger wave curls to complement her Candie's dress. (Yes, THAT Candie's. We swear!) They both opted for a sultry smoky eye, but between these two looks, we like Kim's overall ensemble better! Her not-too-done-up 'do paired with an ultra fancy dress makes her look chic AND totally VMA-appropriate. Kudos to you, Kim!

+ Who do YOU think wore a silver dress best: Kim Kardashian or Vanessa Hudgens?

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Snooki, Jessie J, and JWOWW at the 2011 VMAs.
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If there's one word to describe the VMA style this year, it's "fierce." From Nicki Minaj's candy raver outfit to Katy Perry's Asian-inspired ensemble, the ladies BUH-ROUGHT it on the red carpet. And when it came to their makeup, it was no different! VMA house artist Jessie J and Jersey Shore ladies Snooki and JWOWW fierceified (What? That's a word.) their makeup looks with super dramatic eyes that made a lasting impression.

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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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