(CNN) — The 2022 MTV Video Music Awards took place this Sunday and stars like Lizzo and Blackpink dazzled on the red carpet of the big night.
Compared to Hollywood award ceremonies, the VMAs often see attendees loosen up and show off their personalities, often choosing fun, sexy, or experimental outfits over formal suits and ball gowns. Fashion history has been made here too, like Lil’ Kim’s one-sleeved purple jumpsuit and seashell nipple cover in 1999 or Lady Gaga’s infamous meat dress in 2010.
This year’s event, held at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, saw performances from the likes of Bad Bunny and Nicki Minaj, with Jack Harlow and LL Cool J hosting. Celebrity fashion watchers also had a lot to celebrate, as designer favorites like Taylor Swift, Lil Nas X and Becky G came out in stunning ensembles.
Many stars dressed in dark tones to match this year’s “black carpet,” though they livened up the outfits with fetish-inspired accessories, like singer Dove Cameron’s chunky leather choker, or pops of color, like Sabrina Carpenter’s rainbow decorations.
Stars also dared to get naked, with celebs including Ashley Graham, Tate McRae and Blackpink’s Jennie showing off their midriffs. Meanwhile, Maneskin’s Anitta and Victoria de Angelis paid apparent homage to Lil’ Kim’s famous outfit at the 1999 VMAs with trendy nipple covers.
Some of the men of the night also undressed. And gender-fluid fashion brought a certain softness to menswear ensembles, like Ethan Torchio’s sheer corset from Maneskin, Conan Gray’s lace train suit from Harris Reed, and Bob the Drag Queen’s white skirt, which combined with a plaid blazer and a vest.
Lizzo hit the red carpet early and raised the bar, stepping out in a new couture creation by Jean Paul Gaultier. Credit: Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images
Becky G wore a colorful, figure-hugging ensemble decorated with stained glass-inspired tarot card artwork and numerous side cutouts. Credit: Catherine Powell/Getty Images
Model Ashley Graham was the picture of confidence in a black dress that was cinched at points on her torso to reveal glimpses of midriff. Credit: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP
Singer Conan Gray was a vision in white, wearing a whimsical Harris Reed ensemble with a train and a lace-trimmed blazer. Credit: Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images
Sofia Carson was the picture of elegance in a column dress with a black hood and swirling off-the-shoulder sleeves. Credit: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP
Jack Harlow, nominee and presenter, skipped the standard black suit and chose a chocolate leather ensemble, complete with an unusual turtleneck shirt in a similar hue. Credit: Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images
Wearing a custom silver Zigman gown, Chloe Bailey dazzled as she walked, her intricate bodice and leg slit adding drama. Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images
Tate McRae brought back ’90s vibes with a teal two-piece, which she accessorized with David Yurman jewelry. Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images
Bob the Drag Queen wore a gray plaid blazer, matching vest, and voluminous white skirt. Credit: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP
Maneskin’s Ethan Torchio, Victoria De Angelis, Damiano David and Thomas Raggi brought their genderfluid style to the black carpet, complete with heart-shaped nipple covers, sparkly midriff-baring capes and sheer corsets. Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images
Sabrina Carpenter chose a sparkly black Moschino dress printed with rainbow flowers and trendy cut-outs. Credit: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP
Singer Dove Cameron was a study in contrasts with her strapless dress, which combined flowers and elements of leather fetish wear, and a black choker to top it all off. Credit: Andres Kudacki/AFP/Getty Images
All eyes were on singer Samy Hawk in his graffiti-inspired leather jacket and bright green hat. Credit: Catherine Powell/Getty Images
Blackpink members Lisa, Jisoo, Jennie, and Rosé arrived in complementary all-black outfits. Credit: Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images
Bright greens were popular on the VMA carpet, with rapper Latto wearing a lace-up mini dress in a neon hue. Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images
Host LL Cool J went for a tried and true look, opting for an all-black ensemble, beanie, sunglasses and custom knuckles that read ‘Cool J’. Credit: Andres Kudacki/AFP/Getty Images
In an apparent homage to Lil Kim’s famous 1999 VMAs outfit, Anitta went bare in an asymmetrical red corset and artful nipple cover from Schiaparelli Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2022. Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images
Always keen to elevate menswear, J Balvin’s ivory approach to suits included wide-legged pants and a double-breasted blazer. Credit: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP
A statuesque quilted gown worn by Chloe Fineman was one of the night’s more experimental looks, trimmed in coral and carried with a metallic micro bag. Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images
Actor Colton Haynes was impossible to miss in an acid green flared suit, double-breasted blazer, diamond brooch and platform shoes. Credit: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP
Lil Nas X was a strong contender for best dressed, wearing a statuesque Harris Reed ensemble that featured a tiered feathered skirt frame and headpiece. Credit: Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images
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