The VMAs’ 30 Craziest Outfits: David Lee Roth To Lady Gaga, The Show’s History Of Mind-Blowing Getups

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David Lee Roth, Busta Rhymes, Christina Aguilera and Lady Gaga at the VMAs

Since Madonna first writhed on the floor back in 1984, the MTV Video Music Awards have been the home for expressive musicians to show off their wildest fashion statements for the world. But thanks to the likes of Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj, we feel like we’re in a golden era of completely wackadoodle VMA costumes — and we’re loving every second of it. As we gear up to witness a whole new round of eye-popping styles at Thursday night’s show, we thought we’d take a look back at the past 28 years of craziness. There are the ones everyone remembers, like Marilyn Manson’s corset, Lil’ Kim’s purple pasty, Christina Aguilera’s showgirl frock and Gaga’s infamous meat dress. Our research also unveiled some forgotten gems, like David Lee Roth’s Hawaiian chic, Big Boi’s Muppet pants, and a particularly horrendous pastel tie-dye thing that we hope Justin Timberlake regrets as much as we do. Flip through the gallery below at your own risk…

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