The MTV Video Music Awards—better known as the VMAs—enjoy a long-standing tradition of particularly outrageous fashion. Over the years, the annual ceremony has birthed Lady Gaga’s meat dress, Miley Cyrus’s sexy bear leotard, multiple matching ensembles from Destiny’s Child, Avril Lavigne’s camouflage cargo pants, Pamela Anderson’s sequin pants, and Rihanna’s trench-coat ballgown. Although an occasion as well-known for its fashion missteps as its hits, the VMAs are an unofficial invitation to experiment, which means the looks might be wild, but only rarely are they boring.
The 2022 VMAs proved to be no outlier. Ahead, see all the looks from an evening of drama and glamour—what else would you expect?