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Opening from the pre-show with a monologue from Madonna acknowledging that MTV has been on for 40 years. “And they said we wouldn’t last, but we’re here ****** ******”, the music icon starts.

Yes, it’s been about music, but we have to check out these decisions on the red carpet. From the host, Doja to Lil Nas X, these choices will go down in history. Agree to disagree but the looks on the carpet served the purpose of you talking about them.

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The VMA’s 2021 Red Carpet Looks Are Something To Talk About  was originally published on hiphopnc.com

1. 2021 MTV Video Music Awards – Show

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Jennifer Lopez speaks onstage during the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for MTV/ViacomCBS) vertical,photography,celebrities,arts culture and entertainment,usa,topix,new york city,music,brooklyn – new york,borough – district type,talking,award,mtv,mtv video music awards,jennifer lopez,barclays center – brooklyn

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US rapper Fat Joe arrives for the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, September 12, 2021. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images) photography,arts culture and entertainment,horizontal,usa,new york city,arrival,music,rapper,headshot,brooklyn – new york,awards ceremony,human interest,new york state,mtv,mtv video music awards,fat joe,barclays center – brooklyn

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: (L-R) Dixie D’Amelio and Charli D’Amelio attend the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/MTV VMAs 2021/Getty Images for MTV/ViacomCBS) vertical,photography,celebrities,arts culture and entertainment,attending,usa,topix,new york city,music,brooklyn – new york,borough – district type,award,mtv,mtv video music awards,barclays center – brooklyn,charli d’amelio

4. 2021 MTV Video Music Awards – Show

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Madonna onstage during the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for MTV/ViacomCBS) vertical,photography,celebrities,arts culture and entertainment,usa,topix,new york city,music,brooklyn – new york,borough – district type,award,mtv,mtv video music awards,madonna – singer,barclays center – brooklyn

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Kamie Crawford attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/MTV VMAs 2021/Getty Images for MTV/ViacomCBS) vertical,photography,celebrities,arts culture and entertainment,attending,usa,topix,new york city,music,brooklyn – new york,borough – district type,award,mtv,mtv video music awards,kamie crawford,barclays center – brooklyn

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Ciara attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/WireImage) vertical,photography,celebrities,arts culture and entertainment,attending,usa,new york city,music,brooklyn – new york,borough – district type,award,awards ceremony,mtv,mtv video music awards,barclays center – brooklyn

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Simone Biles attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for MTV/ViacomCBS) vertical,photography,celebrities,arts culture and entertainment,attending,usa,topix,new york city,music,brooklyn – new york,borough – district type,award,mtv,mtv video music awards,barclays center – brooklyn,simone biles

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Flo Milli attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/WireImage) photography,celebrities,arts culture and entertainment,attending,horizontal,usa,new york city,music,brooklyn – new york,borough – district type,award,awards ceremony,mtv,mtv video music awards,barclays center – brooklyn,flo milli

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Olivia Rodrigo attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV/ ViacomCBS) vertical,photography,celebrities,arts culture and entertainment,attending,usa,topix,new york city,music,brooklyn – new york,borough – district type,award,mtv,mtv video music awards,barclays center – brooklyn,olivia rodrigo

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US gymnast Simone Biles arrives for the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, September 12, 2021. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images) vertical,photography,arts culture and entertainment,usa,new york city,arrival,music,brooklyn – new york,awards ceremony,human interest,new york state,mtv,mtv video music awards,gymnastics,barclays center – brooklyn,simone biles

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Flo Milli attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/WireImage) photography,celebrities,arts culture and entertainment,attending,horizontal,usa,new york city,music,brooklyn – new york,borough – district type,award,awards ceremony,mtv,mtv video music awards,barclays center – brooklyn,flo milli

12. 2021 MTV Video Music Awards – Arrivals

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Doja Cat attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/WireImage) vertical,photography,celebrities,arts culture and entertainment,attending,usa,new york city,music,brooklyn – new york,borough – district type,award,awards ceremony,mtv,mtv video music awards,barclays center – brooklyn,doja cat

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: (L-R) Symone and Kandy Muse attend the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/WireImage) vertical,photography,celebrities,arts culture and entertainment,attending,usa,new york city,music,brooklyn – new york,borough – district type,award,awards ceremony,mtv,mtv video music awards,barclays center – brooklyn

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Kacey Musgraves attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/WireImage) photography,celebrities,arts culture and entertainment,attending,horizontal,usa,new york city,music,brooklyn – new york,borough – district type,award,awards ceremony,mtv,mtv video music awards,barclays center – brooklyn,kacey musgraves

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Billy Porter attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/MTV VMAs 2021/Getty Images for MTV/ ViacomCBS) vertical,photography,celebrities,arts culture and entertainment,attending,usa,new york city,music,brooklyn – new york,borough – district type,award,mtv,mtv video music awards,barclays center – brooklyn,billy porter

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Nick Cannon attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/MTV VMAs 2021/Getty Images for MTV/ ViacomCBS) photography,celebrities,arts culture and entertainment,attending,horizontal,usa,topix,new york city,music,brooklyn – new york,borough – district type,award,mtv,mtv video music awards,nick cannon,barclays center – brooklyn

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Ashanti attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/FilmMagic) vertical,photography,celebrities,arts culture and entertainment,attending,usa,topix,new york city,music,brooklyn – new york,borough – district type,award,awards ceremony,mtv,mtv video music awards,barclays center – brooklyn,ashanti – singer

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Chloe Bailey attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/MTV VMAs 2021/Getty Images for MTV/ViacomCBS) vertical,photography,celebrities,arts culture and entertainment,attending,usa,topix,new york city,music,brooklyn – new york,borough – district type,award,mtv,mtv video music awards,barclays center – brooklyn

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Rita Ora attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for MTV/ViacomCBS) vertical,photography,celebrities,arts culture and entertainment,attending,usa,topix,new york city,music,brooklyn – new york,borough – district type,award,mtv,mtv video music awards,rita ora,barclays center – brooklyn

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: (L-R) Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian attend the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/FilmMagic) vertical,photography,celebrities,arts culture and entertainment,attending,usa,topix,new york city,music,brooklyn – new york,borough – district type,award,awards ceremony,mtv,mtv video music awards,kourtney kardashian,travis barker,barclays center – brooklyn

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: (L-R) Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly attend the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/FilmMagic) vertical,photography,celebrities,arts culture and entertainment,attending,usa,topix,new york city,music,brooklyn – new york,borough – district type,award,awards ceremony,mtv,mtv video music awards,machine gun kelly – rapper,barclays center – brooklyn,megan fox

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Bonang Matheba attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/MTV VMAs 2021/Getty Images for MTV/ ViacomCBS) vertical,photography,celebrities,arts culture and entertainment,attending,usa,new york city,music,brooklyn – new york,borough – district type,award,mtv,mtv video music awards,barclays center – brooklyn,bonang matheba

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Camila Cabello attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV/ ViacomCBS) vertical,photography,celebrities,arts culture and entertainment,attending,usa,topix,new york city,music,brooklyn – new york,borough – district type,award,mtv,mtv video music awards,barclays center – brooklyn,camila cabello

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Normani attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV/ ViacomCBS) vertical,photography,celebrities,arts culture and entertainment,attending,usa,topix,new york city,music,brooklyn – new york,borough – district type,award,mtv,mtv video music awards,barclays center – brooklyn,normani – singer

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Saweetie attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV/ ViacomCBS) vertical,photography,celebrities,arts culture and entertainment,attending,usa,new york city,music,brooklyn – new york,borough – district type,award,mtv,mtv video music awards,barclays center – brooklyn,saweetie

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Kim Petras attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV/ ViacomCBS) vertical,photography,celebrities,arts culture and entertainment,attending,usa,new york city,music,brooklyn – new york,borough – district type,award,mtv,mtv video music awards,barclays center – brooklyn,kim petras

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Jaden Hossler attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/WireImage) vertical,photography,celebrities,arts culture and entertainment,attending,usa,new york city,music,brooklyn – new york,borough – district type,award,awards ceremony,mtv,mtv video music awards,barclays center – brooklyn

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Swizz Beatz attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/MTV VMAs 2021/Getty Images for MTV/ ViacomCBS) photography,celebrities,arts culture and entertainment,attending,horizontal,usa,new york city,music,brooklyn – new york,borough – district type,award,swizz beatz,mtv,mtv video music awards,barclays center – brooklyn

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Nessa Barrett attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/WireImage) vertical,photography,celebrities,arts culture and entertainment,attending,usa,new york city,music,brooklyn – new york,borough – district type,award,awards ceremony,mtv,mtv video music awards,barclays center – brooklyn

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Shawn Mendes attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/WireImage) vertical,photography,celebrities,arts culture and entertainment,attending,usa,new york city,music,brooklyn – new york,borough – district type,award,awards ceremony,mtv,mtv video music awards,barclays center – brooklyn,shawn mendes – musician

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Lil Nas X attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/WireImage) vertical,photography,celebrities,arts culture and entertainment,attending,usa,new york city,music,brooklyn – new york,borough – district type,award,awards ceremony,mtv,mtv video music awards,barclays center – brooklyn,lil nas x

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Lil Nas X attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/WireImage) vertical,photography,celebrities,arts culture and entertainment,attending,usa,new york city,music,brooklyn – new york,borough – district type,award,awards ceremony,mtv,mtv video music awards,barclays center – brooklyn,lil nas x

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Lil Nas X attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/WireImage) vertical,photography,celebrities,arts culture and entertainment,attending,usa,new york city,music,brooklyn – new york,borough – district type,award,awards ceremony,mtv,mtv video music awards,barclays center – brooklyn,lil nas x

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Alicia Keys attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/MTV VMAs 2021/Getty Images for MTV/ ViacomCBS) photography,celebrities,arts culture and entertainment,attending,horizontal,usa,new york city,music,brooklyn – new york,borough – district type,award,alicia keys,mtv,mtv video music awards,barclays center – brooklyn

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Dove Cameron attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/WireImage) vertical,photography,celebrities,arts culture and entertainment,attending,usa,new york city,music,brooklyn – new york,borough – district type,award,awards ceremony,mtv,mtv video music awards,barclays center – brooklyn,dove cameron

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Quen Blackwell attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/WireImage) photography,celebrities,arts culture and entertainment,attending,horizontal,usa,new york city,music,brooklyn – new york,borough – district type,award,awards ceremony,mtv,mtv video music awards,barclays center – brooklyn

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Quen Blackwell attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/WireImage) photography,celebrities,arts culture and entertainment,attending,horizontal,usa,new york city,music,brooklyn – new york,borough – district type,award,awards ceremony,mtv,mtv video music awards,barclays center – brooklyn

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Kid Cudi attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/WireImage) vertical,photography,celebrities,arts culture and entertainment,attending,usa,new york city,music,brooklyn – new york,borough – district type,award,awards ceremony,mtv,mtv video music awards,kid cudi,barclays center – brooklyn

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Eben attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/WireImage) vertical,photography,celebrities,arts culture and entertainment,attending,usa,new york city,music,brooklyn – new york,borough – district type,award,awards ceremony,mtv,mtv video music awards,barclays center – brooklyn

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Winnie Harlow attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/MTV VMAs 2021/Getty Images for MTV/ ViacomCBS) vertical,photography,celebrities,arts culture and entertainment,attending,usa,new york city,music,brooklyn – new york,borough – district type,award,mtv,mtv video music awards,barclays center – brooklyn,winnie harlow