Red carpet rewind: MTV Video Music Awards 2001

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As we prepare for what is sure to be a memorable 2016 VMAs at Madison Square Garden, we're looking back at some of our favorite moments in the history of the MTV Video Music Awards. One of those moments? The 2001 VMAs red carpet.

Can you believe it's been 15 years since 2001? Neither can we, but we long for the days of "Slave"-era Britney Spears, pre-Beyoncé Jay-Z (His music was better then, okay?!) and Jennifer Lopez and Ja Rule's near-constant collaborations.

SEE ALSO: Remember when Britney Spears brought out a snake for her 2001 VMA performance?

The music may be what you initially remember about 2001 -- who could forget the epic Christina Aguilera, Pink, Mya and Lil' Kim "Lady Marmalade" remake that won them Video of the Year? -- but the fashion of that year has proven to be just as indicative of that golden era in pop music. Sure, the ladies of the "Lady Marmalade" slayed on their vocals, but would it have been nearly the hit it was without their burlesque-inspired fashions? Our guess is no.

Looking back at the 2001 VMAs red carpet provided some instantly iconic looks: Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, Mary J. Blige and Pamela Anderson all rocked some revealing all-black ensembles; NSYNC, Destiny's Child, No Doubt and Dream all stayed true to the trend of hyper-coordinated group outfits; and there was leather everywhere you looked, from Shakira's lace-up front pants to Molly Sims' cutout dress and Alicia Keys' embroidered bodysuit.

In short, there was a lot going on on the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards, and we recommend that you take a look through the gallery below to relive all of the outrageous looks:

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Pamela Anderson during 2001 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals at The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Actress Pamela Anderson (L) arrives with musician Kid Rock at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards 06 September, 2001, in New York. AFP PHOTO Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Britney Spears (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - SEPTEMBER 6: Singer Jessica Simpson and sister Ashlee Simpson attend the 18th Annual MTV Video Music Awards on September 6, 2001 at the Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - SEPTEMBER 6: Rapper Eve attends the 18th Annual MTV Video Music Awards on September 6, 2001 at the Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Andy Dick during 2001 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals at The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Andy Dick during 2001 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals at The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Macy Gray during 2001 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals at The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Nelly Furtado during 2001 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals at The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - SEPTEMBER 6: Pop group NSYNC: Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick, Justin Timberlake, Lance Bass and JC Chasez attend the 18th Annual MTV Video Music Awards on September 6, 2001 at the Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Shakira during 2001 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals at The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by RJ Capak/WireImage)
Willa Ford during 2001 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals at The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by RJ Capak/WireImage)
Sheryl Crow during 2001 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals at The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Big Boi and André 3000 of OutKast during 2001 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals at The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Alicia Keys during 2001 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals at The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Shakira during 2001 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals at The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Mary J. Blige during 2001 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals at The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Molly Sims during 2001 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals at The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Bond during 2001 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals at The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Mudvayne during 2001 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals at The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Jennifer Lopez during 2001 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals at The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Trina during 2001 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals at The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Nikka Costa during 2001 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals at The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Destiny's Child during 2001 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals at The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Dream during 2001 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals at The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by D. Kambouris/WireImage)
Lil' Mo during 2001 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals at The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by D. Kambouris/WireImage)
Fatboy Slim and guest during 2001 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals at The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by D. Kambouris/WireImage)
India.Arie during 2001 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals at The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by D. Kambouris/WireImage)
Heidi Klum (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 06: Will Smith & Son arriving for the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards @ Lincoln Center in NYC 9/6/01 (Photo by Vinnie Zuffante/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 06: Usher arriving for the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards @ Lincoln Center in NYC 9/6/01 (Photo by Vinnie Zuffante/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 06: No Doubt arriving for the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards @ Lincoln Center in NYC 9/6/01 (Photo by Vinnie Zuffante/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 06: Jewel arriving for the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards @ Lincoln Center in NYC 9/6/01 (Photo by Vinnie Zuffante/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 06: Busta Rhymes arriving at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards 9/6/01 Lincon Center New York, NY (Photo by Vinnie Zuffante/Getty Images)
Vitamin C during 2001 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals at The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
Janet Jackson during 2001 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals at The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Jamie-Lynn Sigler during 2001 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals at The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Jennifer Lopez and Cris Judd during 2001 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals at The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Pink, Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, & Mya during 2001 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals at The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
City High during 2001 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals at The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
Missy Elliott during 2001 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals at The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
Britney Spears and Mick Jagger (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Heidi Klum (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Janet Jackson (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Mandy Moore (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Pink, Mya, Christina Aguilera, & Lil' Kim (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Backstreet Boys (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora (Photo by RJ Capak/WireImage)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 6: American pop star Britney Spears arrives at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards at the Metropolitan Opera House on September 6, 2001 in New York. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Mark Wahlberg arriving at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards held at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City on September 6, 2001. Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images
Carmen Kaas arriving at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards held at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City on September 6, 2001. Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images
Linkin Park arriving at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards, held at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, 9/6/01. Photo by Evan Agostini/ImageDirect.
Will Ferrell arriving at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards, held at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, 9/6/01. Photo by Evan Agostini/ImageDirect.
U2 arriving at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards, held at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, 9/6/01. Photo by Evan Agostini/ImageDirect.
Damon Dash arriving at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards, held at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, 9/6/01. Photo by Evan Agostini/ImageDirect.
Jay-Z arriving at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards, held at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, 9/6/01. Photo by Evan Agostini/ImageDirect.
Sean Puffy Combs arriving at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards, held at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, 9/6/01. Photo by Evan Agostini/ImageDirect.
O-Town arriving at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards, held at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, 9/6/01. Photo by Evan Agostini/ImageDirect.
Angie Harmon arriving at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards, held at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, 9/6/01. Photo by Evan Agostini/ImageDirect.
Ben Stiller arriving at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards, held at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, 9/6/01. Photo by Evan Agostini/ImageDirect.
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