Most awards shows find movie stars, singers, and other entertainers trying to top each other with the most glamorous, classic dresses and tuxes in the world. But MTV's annual Video Music Awards have always been a showdown of outre apparel. From Outkast in shaggy Snuffleupagus pants and Wonka-orange lederhosen to Christina Aguilera using a scarf-like apparatus to, uh, lift and separate; to Mudvayne in formal white dinner jackets with bloody bulletholes in their foreheads: MTV's red carpet has hosted it all. And no one will soon forget Lady Gaga's red lace face-covering or, of course, last year's meat dress.
With this year's VMA's just around the corner on Aug. 28, there's no better time to look back at 50 of the most daring, bear-all, wacky and way-out costumes of music's hottest stars from the VMAs' 26 year history.