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The red carpet event at the VMA awards can be a show by itself mainly because it seems to be a free-rein event. E! refers to the outfits usually seen at this award show as “bizarre, but always unforgettable.” Some examples from previous years include the “naked” dress worn, or draped over Amber Rose, Rose McGowan’s chain-mail, boob-baring dress and the outfit that looked like a “toy store blew up” on Nicki Minaj, according to E! Also included in the iconic worst-dressed category was the Franc Fernandez raw-meat dress donned by Lady Gaga. There was also a Miley Cyrus dress that was beyond too short, but E! anticipated that this year’s VMA awards would be the perfect event for the previous Hannah Montana actress to showcase her riskiest look yet as she had been given free rein as host of the show. The 2015 VMA awards aired on Sunday, August 30, at 9 p.m. EST on both BET and MTV. The host’s outfit, which was designed by Versace and featured straps and chains did not disappoint, according to E!
The dresses mentioned are only just the surface of wild outfits worn on the red carpet at the VMAs. There were the VMA red carpet events that featured Cher in sheer lingerie, the outfit Gwen Stefani wore that was simply out of this world, and Lil’ Kim’s purple jumpsuit that included purple hair and a purple pasty. Yes, pasty. Over the years, Christina Aguilera, who according to E! preferred the bold look, may have worn the shortest mini skirt ever. E! reports that 15 years ago, Pink wore an outfit that is simply unexplainable.
The past has proven that anything can happen at the VMA awards and this year was no different. Cyrus exposed her full breast in a live behind-the-scenes video. Justin Bieber flew. Then Justin Bieber sobbed after his comeback performance. After Taylor Swift presented Kanye West with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, he ended his 13-minute acceptance speech by announcing he would be running for president in 2020.
CNN has reported more reminders of past surprises that happened at the VMA awards. There was the kiss between Britney Spears and Madonna, Kanye West interrupting Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech, and as CNN reports, anything having to do with Lady Gaga.
CNN predicted that with Cyrus hosting the event there would be many over-the-top moments. She told the New York Times that she had been encouraged to let loose.
Cyrus discussed the human fear of nipples in an interview while she was wearing pasties. She believes that humans are fine with seeing breasts, it is nipples they fear. E! believed that it is possible that when She hosts this year’s VMA awards, she may show some nipple and they were correct. There was a wardrobe malfunction during some live backstage filming and Cyrus’ full breast was revealed. It has also been stated by E! that for her, nudity is not necessarily to shock people or prove that she has grown-up but simply due to the fact she is comfortable with her body and who she is.
Garrett English, the VMAs executive producer, told Entertainment Weekly that he had given Cyrus “free rein” to host the VMA award show. He says there are standards, but no rules because, “It never comes from a place of trying to limit the range, it’s always coming from a place of trying to open up the full palate.” Despite the conservatives that may still be spinning from Cyrus’ twerking performance in 2013, English says nobody gave it a second thought when the idea of Cyrus as the host of this year’s VMAs was discussed.
Before the awards show, Tumblr asked Cyrus to share her favorite VMA moment with fans, and her response was, “hasn’t happened yet because dis gonna be da craziest vmazzzz of allllll herstory!” She then announced to all of her followers on Tumblr that “rainbows taste like avocados.”
Cyrus’ favorite fashion designer, Jeremy Scott, was asked by MTV to add some of his own touches to the Moonman. Scott was not part of free rein as host package Cyrus was given, he was invited to work with the VMAs before she came onboard. He added wings to the feet and put a large, shiny peace sign necklace on the Moonman. MTV also had Scott design the entire pre-show, including the red carpet. Scott promised it will be an entirely new experience and would be three-dimensional. Scott says there was a correlation between the Moonman and the red carpet experience.
By Jeanette Smith
Edited By Leigh Haugh
E!: Worst Dressed Ever at the MTV VMAs – Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, and More Wacky Looks!
Variety: VMAs: Designer Jeremy Scott on Miley Cyrus, the Moonman, and What He’d Do to the Oscar
Refinery29: MTV Gives Miley Cyrus “Free Rein” at VMAs
CNN: Miley Cyrus’ VMAs Are Sure to Shock
Press Examiner: Miley Cyrus Suffers Wardrobe Malfunction at MTV VMAs
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