Not only did Paris Jackson look like boho perfection in a flowy, sheer peekaboo dress, but she upped the wow factor when she used her time onstage to call out hate groups and encourage resistance.
Not many people can pull off a pastel pink latex, uh, whatever you call this, but Nicki Minaj makes it work. The VMAs are for bold fashion choices, and Minaj rocked one of the boldest of the night.
Best new artist nominee Julia Michaels looked every bit the belle of the ball in a sparkly blue and silver ombré gown.
Vanessa Hudgens turned heads in a bright red dress with peek-through panels. Cute, edgy, colorful — this get-up checks all the boxes.
Millie Bobby Brown
Can we talk for a minute about how precious a person Stranger Things‘ Millie Bobby Brown is? Her personality charmed onstage when she took her turn as a presenter. Plus, her black and gold tulle dress is totally on-trend.
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Big winner Kendrick Lamar (Best Hip Hop Video, Video of the Year) cleans up nice! The “Humble” singer kept it crisp and cool in a zippered black suit with bright white kicks.
Lorde ditched her typical dark and quasi-gothic duds in favor of a lavender feather gown and romantic half-up hairdo that made the singer look ethereal.
Singer-slash-actress Hailee Steinfeld nailed it in a sparkly gray Grecian mini-dress — not to mention being the most adorable person on the planet every time the camera panned into the crowd during a performance.
Mel B quite literally gave new meaning to the statement dress in this sequined number emblazoned with the words “You will never own me.”
Leave it to Demi Lovato to go with a nearly-nude-on-top-and-harem-pants-below kind of catsuit — and make the rest of us want one too. Slay all day, Demi. Slay.
You guys, Jared Leto was living his best life in a floral blouse and sequined cape. We’re officially convinced the 30 Seconds to Mars frontman can do no wrong.
Pink & her family’s matching tuxedos
Alas, even Leto’s sequined cape could not compete with the matching suit ensembles worn by Pink, her husband Carey Hart and the couple’s daughter, Willow. Plus, Pink’s empowering speech to her “darling girl” during the VMAs pushed the family’s sweet sartorial unity to the top of the best-dressed list.