Last night on Total Ariana Live, the singer announced that she'll be performing at this year's VMAs. Upon learning the news, our first thought was: YAAS! Our second thought was: What will she wear?!
Though she's no stranger to the spotlight, the former Nickelodeon star has only been making her own music for a year—but what a year it's been! Since performing at the VMAs pre-show last year, Ariana has dropped hit after hit and taken the stage at basically every important event ever. We don't know what's skyrocketed the most in the last 12-ish months—her fame or her style.
Below are a few of our fave looks from Ariana's performances–peep them and then join us in guessing what she'll wear on August 24!
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When Ariana dropped "Problem," her destined-to-be song of the summer, she debuted a new swingin' '60s look that appears to take a page from Nancy Sinatra.
Kacey Musgraves at the 2014 CMT Music Awards.
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If there's one thing Kacey Musgraves knows, it's how to make an entrance. She burst onto the country music scene fairly recently, but she's already become the genre's newest sweetheart. And she's equally sensational when it comes to her fashion choices, as proven by her duo of dresses at Wednesday night's CMT Music Awards.
Kacey wore two different black ensembles over the course of the evening (maybe she's been listening to a lot of Johnny Cash lately?), but they couldn't be any further from your classic LBDs. She appeared first in a glamorous and formal gown with a cinched-waist full skirt. The whole thing could have been very uptight, were it not for the beaded trim and Kacey's fun and casual updo.
Miley Cyrus performing on her Bangerz Tour.
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Since her post-twerking rise, Miley Cyrus has become the queen of unexpected outfit changes. Just on her Bangerz Tour alone, Milez is working with some massive suitcases containing outfits from nearly a dozen different designers. And she just added more for the European leg. But as far as her makeup goes, that’s been the one consistent piece of her look—until last night.
Over the past few days, Miley has been Instagramming her new bedazzled “dirty hippie” face-paint look with hot pink stripes and rhinestones. At first we thought it was just a celebratory look for her mom's birthday, like the seemingly endless supply of hats and masks she has with her on tour, but last night Miley performed wearing her new makeup. If Miley were at Coachella, she’d blend right in. But considering the festival is a month behind us, we’re guessing another influence is at work here.
In case you missed the news: Rihanna and Eminem are performing at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards. Yep, in five days the duo will perform "The Monster" for the first time live ever. (EVER!!!) Sunday will mark the first time they've been reunited on stage in three years, but it definitely won't be the first time Em and Rih have performed together—in 2010 and 2011 they performed "Love the Way You Lie" a handful of times at various tour dates and awards shows, including the 2010 VMAs. *hair flip*
In honor of their performance (and to make the time between now and Sunday as Rihanna and Eminem-filled as possible), we figured we'd take a look back at their past performance style. Leggo!
2010 LAST GIRL ON EARTH TOUR
Rihanna and Eminem performing at Rihanna's Last Girl on Earth tour in 2010.
One of the first times they sang together live was at Rihanna's 2010 Last Girl on Earth tour, where Rih had her short red 'do and wore a one-shoulder jumpsuit made from, essentially, straps. Maybe she'll break it out for the Movie Awards? We wouldn't mind seeing that shoulder cage again, TBH.
2010 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS
Rihanna and Eminem performing at the 2010 VMAs.
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Later that summer, they teamed up at the 2010 VMAs, with Em in head-to-toe black with a white tee and Rih in a Madonna "Like A Virgin"-inspired tulle skirt and bra. Rih's red hair was longer, and she accessorized with a Jennifer Behr crystal headwrap. It's one of her best looks, IMHO.
Madonna's Jean Paul Gaultier cone bra and MTV VMA dress will both be on display this week.
There's a good chance that if you're playing one of those word association games and someone says "Madonna," your first, or maybe second, or third, but definitely no more than that, will be "cone bra." The singer's most iconic look, the Jean Paul Gaultier lingerie item was a staple of Madonna's 1990 Blond Ambition Tour, and now thanks to Macy's and Madge herself, you can see it in real life for a super-limited time. Madonna is already a staple at Macy's stores with her Material Girl collection, but on Thursday, April 25th, the star is lending the cone bra and seven other iconic Madonna pieces to the store's Los Angeles Century City location for a two hour exhibition. And it's not just the cone bra, trust. With the help of her longtime stylist Arianne Phillips, Madonna's personally selected the items on display, and there are some MAY-JOR moments represented.