MTV VMAs: The best looks of all time, from 1984 to 2017

Few things are guaranteed in the tumult of Hollywood, but one annual event never disappoints: The red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Instead of bringing out the glitz and glamour, stars use the VMAs as an opportunity to go wild, boldly making the craziest fashion statements of the year. From nearly-nude to covered in feathers, the VMA red carpet is even more unpredictable than the show itself.

Although the carpet is usually decked out with more fashion fails than wins, there are always a few celebrities who manage to push the boundary without looking ridiculous. Cindy Crawford reigns supreme, attending year after year in the late '80s and early '90s in sexy but edgy numbers. Honorable mentions go to Janet Jackson, Christina Aguilera (during some years -- definitely not all) and, more recently, Selena Gomez.

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Best VMAs looks of all time
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Best VMAs looks of all time
Singer Janet Jackson attends the 16th Annual MTV Video Music Awards on September 9, 1999 at the Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Britney Spears 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)
Jessica Simpson (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Model Cindy Crawford attends the Ninth Annual MTV Video Music Awards on September 9, 1992 at the Pauley Pavilion, UCLA in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Musician Lenny Kravitz and model Cindy Crawford attend the 10th Annual MTV Video Music Awards on September 2, 1993 at Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Model Cindy Crawford and athlete Shaquille O'Neal attend the 10th Annual MTV Video Music Awards on September 2, 1993 at Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Rachel Ward attends the Seventh Annual MTV Video Music Awards on September 6, 1990 at Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Cher & Richie Sambora during 1989 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Justine Bateman during 1987 MTV Video Music Awards - After Party in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Performer RuPaul attends the 10th Annual MTV Video Music Awards on September 2, 1993 at Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
yoyo during 1993 MTV Video Music Awards at Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Model Cindy Crawford attends the 11th Annual MTV Video Music Awards on September 8, 1994 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Sandra Bullock attends the 11th Annual MTV Video Music Awards on September 8, 1994 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Sheryl Crow and Stephen Dorf during 1994 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Toni Braxton during 1994 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Sofia Coppola during 1995 MTV Video Music Awards Show at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Singer Janet Jackson attends the 12th Annual MTV Video Music Awards on September 7, 1995 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Janet Jackson during 1995 MTV Video Music Awards Show at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Model Madison Michele attends the 13th Annual MTV Video Music Awards on September 14, 1996 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Gwyneth Paltrow during 1996 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ke.Mazur/WireImage)
Portrait de l'actrice am�icaine Caprice Bourret aux MTV Awards, le 6 novembre 1997, �Rotterdam, Pays-Bas. (Photo by Alain BENAINOUS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 4: Singer Mariah Carey arrives before the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards on September 4, 1997 at the Radio City Music Hall in New York, New York. (Photo by Ron Davis/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 4: Model Naomi Campbell arrives before the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards on September 4, 1997 at the Radio City Music Hall in New York, New York. (Photo by Ron Davis/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY,CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Actress Tatyana Ali attends the 15th Annual MTV Video Music Awards on September 10, 1998 at Universal Studios in Universal City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd/WireImage)
Denise Richards during 1999 MTV EMA Arrivals at The Point Depot in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 10: Pop star Britney Spears poses for photographs at the MTV Video Music Awards held at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York City, New York, USA on September 9 2000. Britney was nominated in four categories but came away empty handed. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
6/05/99 Santa Monica, CA. Sports Illustrated model, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos at the 1999 MTV Movie Awards. Photo by David Keeler/Online USA, Inc.
Singer Britney Spears attends the 17th Annual MTV Video Music Awards on September 7, 2000 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
Whitney Houston during MTV VMA 2000 Stage at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Destiny's Child during The 2000 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ke.Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - SEPTEMBER 6: Shakira attends 18th Annual MTV Video Music Awards on September 6, 2001 at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Beyonce Knowles during MTV Europe Music Awards 2003 - Red Carpet Arrivals at Ocean Terminal Arena in Edinburgh, Great Britain. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Christina Aguilera during 2003 MTV Video Music Awards - Red Carpet at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
Christina Aguilera during 2003 MTV Video Music Awards - Red Carpet at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson (Photo by Kevin Mazur Archive 1/WireImage)
Alicia Keys during 2004 MTV Video Music Awards - Red Carpet at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida, United States. (Photo by Jason Squires/WireImage)
Mandy Moore during 2004 MTV Video Music Awards - Red Carpet at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida, United States. (Photo by Jason Squires/WireImage)
Lindsay Lohan during 2005 MTV Video Music Awards - White Carpet at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida, United States. (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)
Vanessa Minnillo during 2006 MTV Video Music Awards - Red Carpet at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Whitney Port during 2006 MTV Video Music Awards - Red Carpet at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Christina Aguilera during 2006 MTV Video Music Awards - Red Carpet at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Singer Christina Aguilera arrives at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards at Paramount Pictures Studios on September 7, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
TV Personality Lauren Conrad arrives at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards at Paramount Pictures Studios on September 7, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Taylor Swift attends the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on September 13, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Kristin Cavallari attends the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on September 13, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Actress Audrina Patridge arrives at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 12, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Katy Perry arrives at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 12, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Selena Gomez attends the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre LA. Live on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
Victoria Justice arrives at the The 28th Annual MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 06: Singer Alicia Keys arrives at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards at Staples Center on September 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 06: Singer Taylor Swift arrives at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards at Staples Center on September 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Zoe Saldana poses on arrival on the red carpet for the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles on September 6, 2012 in California. AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/GettyImages)
Miley Cyrus poses on arrival on the red carpet for the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles on September 6, 2012 in California. AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/GettyImages)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Sarah Hyland attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Selena Gomez (Detail: Atelier Versace dress) attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Ciara (Detail: Givenchy Couture dress) attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for MTV)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Recording artist Taylor Swift attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Recording artist Miley Cyrus attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Actress Julianne Hough attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Recording artist Jennifer Lopez attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: TV personality Kylie Jenner attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for MTV)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: TV personality Kim Kardashian attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Jennifer Lopez attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Model Kendall Jenner attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Model Martha Hunt attends the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Singer Ariana Grande attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Britney Spears attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for MTV.com)
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Although the night is about music videos, celebrity guests have historically flocked from all facets of Hollywood: Supermodels, socialites, actors and, as of late, social media influencers are just as present as music artists.

And once the show wraps, the fashion moments are still rolling! Celebrities make major outfit changes before hitting afterparties around the city. Last year's post-party fashion winner was Rihanna, who donned a figure-skimming, flapper-inspired green gown. Check out her look and others in the slideshow below.

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MTV VMA afterparties
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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Singer Rihanna arrives at Club Up And Down in Sohoon August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Jennifer Lopez attends Epic Summer Hosted By DJ Khaledat Marquee on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Rapper Mac Miller (L) and singer Ariana Grande attend the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards Republic Records After Party on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Singer Hailee Steinfeld (L) attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards Republic Records After Party on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 29: Model Hailey Baldwin is seen outside Club Up and Down on August 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Dascha Polanco attends Republic Records VMA party with FIJI water on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for FIJI Water)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 29: (L-R) Nick Cannon, Charlie Walk, CEO of Republic Records Monte Lipman, Musical Group DNCE, and guests attend a celebration with Republic Records and Guess after the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Vandal with cocktails by Ciroc on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Republic Records)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Lance Bass (L) and Ariana Grande attend the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards Republic Records After Party on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 29: Designer Marc Bouwer (L) and guest attend a celebration with Republic Records and Guess after the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Vandal with cocktails by Ciroc on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Republic Records)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 29: Gymnast Danell Leyva attends a celebration with Republic Records and Guess after the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Vandal with cocktails by Ciroc on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Republic Records)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: J Wow attends Republic Records VMA party with FIJI water on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for FIJI Water)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Ty Hunter attends Republic Records VMA party with FIJI water on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for FIJI Water)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Tove Lo attends Republic Records VMA party with FIJI water on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for FIJI Water)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Laverne Cox attends Republic Records VMA party with FIJI water on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for FIJI Water)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Jack Lawless, JinJoo Lee, Joe Jonas and Cole Whittle of DNCE attend Republic Records VMA party with FIJI water on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for FIJI Water)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Singers Hailee Steinfeld (L) and Troye Sivan attend the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards Republic Records After Party on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Hailee Steinfeld attends a celebration with Republic Records and Guess after the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Vandal with cocktails by Ciroc on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for Republic Records)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: (L-R) Heidi Klum, Nick Cannon, guest, and Charlie Walk attend a celebration with Republic Records and Guess after the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Vandal with cocktails by Ciroc on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for Republic Records)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Travis Mills attends a celebration with Republic Records and Guess after the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Vandal with cocktails by Ciroc on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for Republic Records)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Sarah Barthel of Phantogram attends a celebration with Republic Records and Guess after the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Vandal with cocktails by Ciroc on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for Republic Records)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Singer Nick Jonas attends a celebration with Republic Records and Guess after the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Vandal with cocktails by Ciroc on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for Republic Records)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Television personality JWoww (L) and Snooki attend a celebration with Republic Records and Guess after the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Vandal with cocktails by Ciroc on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for Republic Records)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Dj Khaled attends Epic Summer Hosted By DJ Khaled at Marquee on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Sabai Burnett attends Epic Summer Hosted By DJ Khaled at Marquee on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: (L-R) Flo Rida and Kandy attend Epic Summer Hosted By DJ Khaled at Marquee on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Jidenna attends Epic Summer Hosted By DJ Khaled at Marquee on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Nick Grant attends Epic Summer Hosted By DJ Khaled at Marquee on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: (L-R) Busta Rhymes and DJ Khaled attend Epic Summer Hosted By DJ Khaled at Marquee on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Jennifer Lopez and L.A. Reid attend Epic Summer Hosted By DJ Khaledat Marquee on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/Getty Images)
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