Lil Wayne VMA performance outfit

Lil Wayne performing at the 2008 VMAs and 2011 VMAs.
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Oh, HAI. Surprise! Lil Wayne is performing at the 2012 VMAs! He joins the INCREDIBLE roster of artists announced so far (Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, and Frank Ocean, just to name a few), but of course we have one question foremost on our minds—what will he wear? Well, judging by the last two times he performed at the Video Music Awards, not much! At the 2008 show, he managed to strip down to just his white jeans, barcode-printed belt, black high-top Supras, and, erm, navy Polo Ralph Lauren undies. Despite his shirtless top half, he still managed to accessorize to the max with double platinum diamond chains and oversized sunnies.

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Gwen Stefani at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2005 and 1998.
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Considering it's a total mishmash of some of the most creative stars in music, there's no question the MTV Video Music Awards is pretty much a MECCA for originality. We've seen some seriously awesome outfits pass through the VMAs in the show's 28-year-run, from Madonna's "Like a Virgin" wedding gown to Lady Gaga's meat dress and literally everything in between. Although we hate to play favorites, we've narrowed down the list of the most original VMA outfits over the two-plus decades...and noticed some repeat offenders along the way. Exhibit A: No Doubt frontwoman and fashion MVP Gwen Stefani, who manages to step out on a style limb every single appearance, and STILL looks amazing. Way back in 1998, she worked one of her most iconic outfits yet- a fuzzy blue bikini top, baggy pants under a skirt (!) and platform sandals. Oh hiiii '90s! She also topped off all of this in Gwen S. staples, wild blue hair and a bindi... a look that's been replicated by other red carpet originals over the years.

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Demi Lovato outfit options

What do you think Demi Lovato should wear for her 2012 VMA pre-show performance?
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Demi Lovato is performing for the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards pre-show! That's right, Lovatics, the singer/actress/X-Factor judge is hitting the VMA pre-show stage to pump up the crowd with her hit single "Give Your Heart A Break" to kick off the big night. We're thrilled for her to rock out in honor of the Moonman, but we're even MORE excited for what our girl D will WEAR! Since we can't ever be bothered with sitting still to wait for these things, we took a quick scan through the Fall 2012 runways for a few looks (that aren't Topshop) that we'd love to see her wear for her VMA performance debut!

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Holland Roden VMA Red Carpet Host

Holland Roden will be the MTV.com Video Music Awards red carpet host!
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Breaking news, y'all! MTV Style is proud to announce that Teen Wolf star Holland Roden will host the 2012 Video Music Awards Red Carpet Report for MTV.com on Sept. 6! You may know her as the red-haired beauty Lydia Martin on the supernatural drama, but in real life this actress has a serious soft-spot for all-things style. From awards shows to fashion week, Holland has been bringing her retro waves and signature red pout to the masses and can't WAIT to share her love of fashion with the world. "It’s been a blast to do these previous events just as part of the red carpet as a guest, and now that I’m hosting for the Red Carpet Report, I have no words. Just a lot of looks!" Holland even admits that while fashion is already a hobby of hers, she's been studying extra hard to prepare for the big day. "I just love to converse about the new trends that are popping up on the catwalk, and it’s just been so surreal that I’m genuinely a part of this role and no longer just a fan looking in."

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Frank Ocean

What do you think Frank Ocean should wear to the VMAs?
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HUGE NEWS today, y'all! Frank Ocean is officially performing at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards! *holds in blood-curdling squeals of glee for fear of permanently wrecking coworkers' ear drums* That's right, world: this year's three-time nominee is joining the 2012 VMA performance roster alongside Rihanna, Taylor Swift, and more, AND this is extra epic for Frankie because (much like the boys of One Direction, this will mark his very first VMA performance. EVER!

As MTV's Style arm, we're just as concerned with the silky smooth vocals Frank is expected to lay down on the VMA stage as we are about what exactly Ocean is going to wear. His performance style is characterized by simple ensembles that let his musical brilliance do all the leg work. He verrrrrrry rarely gets behind the mic without his trademark rising sun bandana, so we definitely expect to see that. The rest of Frank's outfit, however, is a complete toss-up, but we fully intend to take that stab in the dark.

He's been wearing this two-tone oxford shirt a lot lately, but we're going to suggest maybe he dress the look up a little bit for the big night with this forest green x metallic silver version we spotted at Need Supply. When he's not rocking plain white under the button-up, he opts for photo-print graphic t-shirts. We like this A.P.C. astronaut number because it's, y'know, Moonman festive. Click through for more tee options!

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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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