9 of the biggest celebrity fashion faux pas in MTV Video Music Awards red carpet history

Doja Cat, Lady Gaga, and Miley Cyrus attending the VMAs over the years.Theo Wargo/Getty Images for MTV/Viacom CBS, C Flanigan/Getty Images

  • The 2022 MTV Video Music Awards takes place on Sunday and will see celebrities all dressed up.

  • Since its inception in 1984, attendees have used the VMAs to debut their most adventurous outfits.

  • Take a look back at the biggest red-carpet fashion faux pas in VMA history.

When Madonna performed at the first-ever MTV Video Music Awards in 1984, her shoe fell off and when she tried to collect it, she flashed the audience.

Madonna poses outside the first MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall, New York, New York, September 14, 1984.

Madonna poses outside the first MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall, New York, New York, September 14, 1984.Sonia Moskowitz/Getty Images

In 1984, Madonna performed “Like A Virgin” live for the first time at the very first VMA awards and unknowingly flashed the audience, causing controversy. According to Billboard, Madonna wanted a white Bengal tiger on stage during her performance but instead emerged from a 17-foot wedding cake.

The publication reported that as Madonna descended the cake, one of her heels fell off and when she tried to retrieve it she suffered a wardrobe malfunction.

“So I thought, ‘Well, I’ll just pretend I meant to do this,’ and I dove on the floor and I rolled around,” she said. “And, as I reached for the shoe, the dress went up. And the underpants were showing.”

Pink and Shakira unknowingly arrived at the 2009 VMAs while wearing the same little black dress.

Pink and Shakira matching at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.

Pink and Shakira matching at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Arriving at the 2009 VMAs, Shakira and Pink were spotted in the same short black leather dress with sequins and chains. According to HuffPost, the little black dresses were designed by Balmain.

The singers took the faux pas lightly as they laughed and posed for pictures together. HuffPost added that Pink later changed into a purple, white, and black asymmetrical onesie with pink pasties.

While attending the 2010 VMAs, Lady Gaga wore a now-famous meat dress that is still shocking to this day.

Lady Gaga wearing her infamous meat dress in the press room at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.

Lady Gaga wearing her infamous meat dress in the press room at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.Getty Images

Lady Gaga made a lasting impact at the 2010 MTV VMAs while wearing a dress fashioned from meat. According to British Vogue, the unique look was brought together by stylist Nicola Formichetti and designer Franc Fernandez and was fashioned from flank steak.

Animal rights activists criticized the meat dress, but Gaga said that it was a political statement. Insider previously reported that Gaga wore the dress in solidarity with the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, which President Barack Obama signed in 2011 to allow gay, lesbian, and bisexual Americans to openly serve in the armed forces.

“We decided to do the meat dress because I thought to myself, ‘If you are willing to die for your country, what does it matter how you identify?'” she told British Vogue.

Miley Cyrus attended the 2015 VMAs with her hair in dreadlocks, which led to some fans calling her out for cultural appropriation.

Miley Cyrus poses at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards.

Miley Cyrus poses at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards.C Flanigan/Getty Images

In 2015, Miley Cyrus was repeatedly criticized for wearing her hair in dreadlocks, Refinery29 reported, with many deeming it to be an appropriation of a Black hairstyle.

The publication added that actress Amandla Stenberg explained the term well: “Appropriation occurs when a style leads to racist generalizations or stereotypes where it originated, but is deemed as high fashion, cool, or funny when the privileged take it for themselves.”

Cyrus attended the VMAs that year in a silver leather diamanté, barely-there bodysuit, sporting a ponytail made of blonde dreadlocks. This perpetuated the criticism she had already received.

Ansel Elgort wore a confusing “emo” outfit with silver chains and leather gloves at the 2016 VMAs.

Ansel Elgort arrives at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards.

Ansel Elgort arrives at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards.Allen Berezovsky/WireImage

Ansel Elgort was in attendance at the 2016 VMA event in a head-to-toe black look that felt inspired by “emo” culture. The outfit consisted of a black-and-red shirt underneath a black double-breasted jacket and was from the Dior Homme spring/summer 2017 collection, according to Cosmopolitan.

He paired this with black pants with colorful threads running across them and black patent boots with red laces. Elgort’s accessories included black leather fingerless gloves with studs on them and safety chains pinned to his jacket. The outfit was not well received, with Cosmopolitan implying that the look was outdated.

Lenny Kravitz attended the 2018 VMAs in a look that felt very outdated.

Lenny Kravitz poses in the press room at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.

Lenny Kravitz poses in the press room at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images

Lenny Kravitz looked like he stepped straight out of the ’80s at the 2018 VMAs. He posed for pictures on the red carpet in a gold chainmail top, tight blue suede kick flare trousers, and snakeskin boots. He finished the look with a spiky silver necklace and aviator sunglasses.

Nicki Minaj performed at the 2014 VMAs and her little black dress split down the middle, which caused her to hold it together.

Nicki Minaj performs during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.

Nicki Minaj performs during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.Jeff Kravitz/MTV1415/FilmMagic

Nicki Minaj appeared onstage at the 2014 VMAs to perform “Bang Bang” with Jessie J and Ariana Grande. As she walked out to rap her verse on the song, her little black dress split down the middle, and she was seen holding it together for the performance.

Speaking to Ellen DeGeneres about the incident, Minaj said she changed her outfit last minute to match Jessie J and Grande, but it would not zip up, MTV News reported at the time.

“I didn’t have any underwear on – no underwear, no bra – ’cause I had just taken off the ‘Anaconda’ outfit, so I was butt-ass naked,” she told DeGeneres.

Normani tried to pull off an outfit change onstage at the 2019 VMAs but a wardrobe malfunction made things awkward.

Normani performing at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards.

Normani performing at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards.Mike Coppola/Getty Images for MTV

At the 2019 awards, Normani performed while wearing a zipped purple velor crop hoodie with crystals on it, a matching skirt, and white sneakers. Insider’s Olivia Singh previously reported that the musician was styled by Collin Carter and the costume was designed by Bryan Hearns.

Normani was due to change looks during the performance and one of her dancers tried to help her reveal the purple bralette and shorts underneath but the delay caused a prolonged awkward moment.

At the 2021 VMAs, Doja Cat appeared on stage in an unusual outfit and said she looked like a worm. She later became a meme.

Doja Cat onstage at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards in Brooklyn, New York City.

Doja Cat onstage at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards in Brooklyn, New York City.Theo Wargo/Getty Images for MTV/ViacomCBS

At the 2021 VMAs, Doja Cat wore six outfits throughout the event, one of which was a Thom Browne dress from the designer’s Spring 2018 collection, according to Essence Magazine.

The multi-colored structured dress had puff sleeves and extended over her head, leading the performer to declare onstage: “I look like a worm. That’s dope.”

According to Elle, the unusual look resulted in social media users turning Doja Cat into creative memes.

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