The most iconic VMA red carpet looks in history

The 2019 Video Music Awards is set to air live from the Prudential Center in New Jersey on Monday -- and if these past looks are any indication, it's going to be a night to remember.

The annual awards show often provides some of the most memorable (and scandalous!) looks in red carpet history, with our favorite celebrities opting for their most head-turning ensembles to close out the summer season.  

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Madonna, 1984

The icon took the VMAs red carpet in 1984 in one of her most iconic looks ever, a white corset and skirt. Her belt reads "BOY TOY" across the front. Only a few minutes later would she take the stage to perform her hit "Like a Virgin." 

Drew Barrymore, 1995  

The then 24 year-old Barrymore looked like a goth Marilyn Monroe at the 1995 VMA show. She completed the look with daisies in her hair and dark purple lipstick.  

Rose McGowan, 1998 

The actress and activist's look is still one of the most iconic ever. McGowan explained her look 20 years later in a Dr. Oz interview:  

“That was my first public appearance after being sexually assaulted. I was like, ‘Is this what you want?’ I’ve never worn something like that before or since. That was a political statement. Of course, there was no Twitter at the time or Instagram, no way to speak for yourself.”

Gwen Stefani, 1988

The "No Doubt" singer proved she was the ultimate '90s fashion icon with her VMAs look, complete in a fur bikini top, platform shoes and blue hair. 

Lil Kim, 1999

Designed by stylist Misa Hylton-Brim, the Junior M.A.F.I.A singer made quite the statement in a lilac mermaid-inspired jumpsuit, complete with a shell sticker over her chest. She completed the look with a matching purple wig. 

Destiny's Child, 2001

It wouldn't be a '90s red carpet without Destiny's Child. Tina Knowles, Beyonce's mom, was behind these colorful western-inspired looks. 

Britney Spears, 2002 

Although the pop icon was not slated to give a performance at the 2002 VMAs, she did make headlines in her black and lace leather-look, complete with a choker and bus cap. Spears did take the stage, however, to present Michael Jackson with a birthday cake. 

Paris Hilton, 2002 

The socialite and reality TV star ticked all the boxes as early 2000s style icon, complete with a silk skirt (or wrap?) and crop halter top. 

Christina Aguilera, 2003

The "Genie in a Bottle" singer walked the red carpet in this hot pink feathered look before joining Madonna and Britney Spears on stage for that performance. 

Christina Aguilera, 2006 

Christina made our list yet again in a very different look, this time giving off major old Hollywood glam and Marilyn Monroe vibes. The singer opted for a gorgeous beaded Versace gown, which she paired with a blinding diamond necklace and a bold red lip. 

Jennifer Lopez, 2006

The star has had her fair share of iconic red carpet VMA looks, but her 2006 one is perhaps one of her most famous ever. She opted for a sparkly dress and headscarf by Biba. 

Lady Gaga, 2010 

The singer walked the red carpet in one of her most famous looks ever, which was made entirely out of meat. Designer Franc Fernandez bought over 50 pounds of meat to create the look, which was sewn on around a corset.

Nicki Minaj, 2011  

Minaj, who won a few awards for "Super Bass" that night, made headlines in her eccentric Harajuku-inspired look, complete with a graffiti face mask and ice cream cone on her chest. 

Rita Ora, 2013 

Ora's feathered Alexandre Vauthier Couture gown left us completely breathless. That train! 

Miley Cyrus, 2013

The then 20-year-old debuted her brand new "Bangerz"  look in a pair of high-waisted black pants embellished with colorful jewels. She then stripped down into a bikini for her "We Can't Stop" performance with Robin Thicke.

Katy Perry, 2014

Perry looked to Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake's 2001 VMA outfits for inspiration. "I'll show u my best impression on the red carpet at the VMA's tomorrow... Wait for it bb," she Tweeted to Spears about the all-denim look. 

Kim Kardashian, 2016 

A fresh-faced Kim opted for a body-hugging LBD that was a vintage John Gallino. 

Beyonce, 2016

Like the goddess she is, Queen Bey arrived at the 2016 awards show with Blue Ivy on her arms and in a crystal-studded mint green gown by Maison Francesco Scognamiglio and decked out in Lorraine Schwartz jewelry. 

Millie Bobby Brown, 2017 

The "Stranger Things" starlet won best actor for her role as Eleven, and in our eyes won the red carpet in this punk rock Rodarte dress and Stuart Weitzman shoes.

Cardi B, 2018 

The 2018 awards show was the rapper's first public appearance since the birth of her daughter Kulture -- and boy, did she do it right in a magenta Nicholas Jebran silhouette. 

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In preparation for Monday evening's show, we're taking a look back at the most iconic looks from past VMAs, including Rose McGowan's skin-baring dress, Lady Gaga's raw meat costume, Katy Perry's Britney Spears-inspired gown and Christina Aguillera's gorgeous Old Hollywood silhouette by Versace.

Scroll through above to see what other looks made our list! 

RELATED: All the red carpet arrivals from last year's awards show: 

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Nicki Minaj attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Nicki Minaj attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Jennifer Lopez attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Kylie Jenner attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
US rapper Cardi B attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Blake Lively attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Shawn Mendes attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande attend the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Pete Davison and Ariana Grande attend the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Ria Ora attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Teyana Taylor attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Logic attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Teyana Taylor attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Iggy Azalea attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Blac Chyna attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Travis Scott attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Olivia Munn attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Tiffany Haddish attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: SZA attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Spencer Pratt, son Gunner Pratt and Heidi Pratt attend the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Nicole Tuck, DJ Khaled and Asahd Khaled attend the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Dascha Polanco attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Dascha Polanco attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Shay Mitchell attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for MTV)
US TV personality Audrina Patridge attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Camila Cabello attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Amber Rose attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Anna Kendrick attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Winnie Harlowe attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Winnie Harlow attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Ken Jeong attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: DJ Pauly D attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Ashanti attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Nicky Hilton Rothschild attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for MTV)
US football player Victor Cruz (L) and US actress Karrueche Tran attend the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Vinny Guadagnino attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Nev Schulman and Laura Perlongo attend the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Bebe Rexha attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Sky attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Farrah Abraham attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Sophie and Farrah Abraham attend the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Chantel Jeffries attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Shanina Shaik attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Noah Cyrus and Lil Xan attend the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Marshmello attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Jennifer 'JWoww' Farley attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Madison Beer attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Hayley Kiyoko attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Nyle DiMarco attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
US civil rights activist and minister Al Sharpton (L) and Aisha McShaw attend the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Keegan-Michael Key and Elisa Pugliese attend the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Grace VanderWaal attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Frankie Grande attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Deena Cortese attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: KYLE attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Kim Petras attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Jillian Hervey of Lion Babe attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Morgan Saint attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Jessie Reyez attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Asian Doll attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Quavo and Offset of the Migos attend the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Jasmine Sanders attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for MTV)
US rapper Chanel West Coast (R) attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Chloe X Halle attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Bethany Meyers and Nico Tortorella attend the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Smokepurpp attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Liam Payne attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Sofia Carson attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: King Princess attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Amandla Stenberg attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Lil Pump attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Bobby Lytes attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: (L-R) Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer, Joe Perry, and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith attend the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Mona Scott Young attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Scott Rogowsky attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Teairra Mari attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Sabrina Carpenter attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
US singer/songwriter Olivias O'Brien attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
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