Sure, many of the Oscars most-anticipated awards are doled out for exemplary acting, but don't forget, it's a night of musical performances, too. Gold statuettes of little bald men are awarded to Best Original Score AND Best Original Song winners, and often, there's time in the ceremony for the nominees to take the stage. As we gear up for Sunday night and the potential return of Pharrell's giant hat *fingers crossed*, we're looking back at some of the best performance outfits in Academy Awards history.

MADONNA IN 1991

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Madonna performs at the 1991 Academy Awards.Photo: YouTube

Of course, we have to kick this off with Madonna. Arguably THE best Oscars onstage outfit of all time (IMHO), Madge channeled Marilyn Monroe for her performance of "Sooner or Later" from the Dick Tracy soundtrack.

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Madonna performs at the 1991 Academy Awards.Photo: YouTube

She OWNED the stage in a slinky strapless white gown, a white fur stole, glamorous over-the-elbow gloves, and platinum blonde waves.

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Mariah Carey and Sway.
Photo: Getty Images

ICYMI, last night Mariah Carey sat down with Sway Calloway for "MTV First," during which she debuted her new music video, "You're Mine (Eternal)." While Mariah is very much topless in the video, she wore an Azzedine Alaia dress, Louboutins, and black fingerless gloves for the occasion. The lace dress allowed for Mariah to move, whether she needed to direct the lights, sit on her knees, or purposefully block Nick Cannon from Sway's line of vision. The woman can do it all and needs her own reality show right this second. Or at least a 24/7 live webcam streaming straight to me.

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A still from Mariah Carey's 'You're Mine (Eternal)' video.
Photo: Island Def Jam

If you watched the "MTV First" premiere of Mariah Carey's new video, "You're Mine (Eternal)," you may have noticed mermaid Mimi is totally topless, save a whole lotta glitter. If you're a hardcore Lamb, or just someone who enjoys watching Mariah Carey videos on repeat (guilty), you may have realized this isn't the first time Mariah has bared almost all in one of her videos. In fact, she's done it at least four previous times. For a woman who loves her some clothes (see: her closet on MTV Cribs), she often opts out of them for videos. She's gotta separate her home life from her work life, y'know? Check out all of Mariah's past near-nude video appearances below!

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For most people, Christmas fashion remains the same every year. Something red, maybe something green, an ugly sweater if you can find one, and if you're having a bad hair day, a Santa hat. As we all well know, Mariah Carey is not like most people. As the Queen Of Christmas Style™ (dubbed by a combination of us and this press release), Mariah puts the rest of our holiday swag to shame. Since the release of "All I Want For Christmas Is You" in 1994, Mariah has been a fixture at Christmas concerts, tree lightings, and holiday parades across the United States. While Mimi could easily roll up to each performance and appearance in, like, jeans and a Santa hat, she doesn't. Obviously. 19 years' worth of Mariah Carey Christmas steez is a lot, so we pared it down to her best looks and eras, which are below. Turn on "All I Want For Christmas Is You," press repeat, and pay homage to the Queen of Christmas Style, Mariah Carey.

1994 - 2008: SIMPLE RED AND WHITE ERA

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Mariah Carey at various Christmas celebrations from 1994-2008.
Photos: Mariah Concerts YouTube

Mariah's first Christmas album, "Merry Christmas," which contained the holiday banger to end all holiday bangers ("All I Want For Christmas Is You"), was released in 1994. Her performance outfits in the following decade and a half were widely varied. In the mid-'90s, Mimi went unusually casual in a snowsuit and jeans and a t-shirt. In the early aughts, she swapped in pants for dresses: she wore tight gowns, taffeta-skirt dresses, and even a mod-inspired mini dress with knee-high go-go boots, all within a limited red and white palette.

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No shirt, no problem.
Photos: @nickiminaj's Isntagram/Teen Vogue/@mileycyrus's Instagram

Wanna know what your favorite pop stars WON'T be putting on their Christmas lists this year? Shirts. Why? Because they hate them. JK! Hate is a strong word. They just prefer not to wear them all the time. And based on the way some celebs have been stripping down recently, going sans shirt isn't just for the beach anymore—it's a full-blown, anytime trend.

"Once, in the long-gone Mad Men days, it was considered de rigueur for New Yorkers to wear a hat and gloves in town," wrote Guy Trebay in a New York Times column last July, commenting on widespread shirtlessness. "Now dress codes have devolved to the point where folks wear fleecy slippers on the subway, flip-flops to the ballet, running tights for every occasion, repurposed pajamas as daywear and, recently, very little at all." First of all, what's wrong with wearing running tights for every occasion? Second, people are wearing flip-flops to the ballet?! Now THAT is cray. I feel much less embarrassed about showing off my new hamburger-shaped pasties at work. KIDDING, of course. Because much like the curtain skirt, walking around without a shirt is definitely a celebrity-centric trend that's best left to the professionals. Let's take a look to see how they've tackled it this year, shall we?

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Mariah Carey, gloves, and fan on 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.
Photo: Getty Images

Last summer, Mariah Carey's accessory of choice necessity was an arm sling for her dislocated shoulder. She had many glamorous sling options, including a feathered one, a lace one, and a rhinestone-encrusted one. Now that she's largely healed, Mariah seems to have traded in one arm accessory for another: gloves.

Mariah appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night to promote her new single, "The Art Of Letting Go," sporting lace and leather driving gloves. While the slings are no longer necessary, Mimi still has nerve damage in her right hand, which is why she's been wearing gloves. She reveals that she likes them, though, and is willing to give them "a moment." Glove makers, prepare yourselves for a rush of feathered glove orders. Have rhinestones on standby, too.

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Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, and Rihanna prefer the no shirt look.
Photos: @nickiminaj Instagram/@mariahcarey Instagram/Splash News

Looks like Rihanna's fave fall trend is catching on, y'all! That's right, we're talking no shirts, no bras, no problem. At least, no major problems. Yet. The trend has now spread from Rih to Nicki Minaj to Mariah Carey and while they're all approaching it differently, the fundamentals are the same: 1.put on pants and/or shorts, 2. do not put on a bra, 3. do not put on a shirt, 4. put on a jacket, and, finally, 5. close the jacket a little bit, whether by button or zipper, and then do yo thang.

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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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