Unlike the Grammys, Emmys, Golden Globes, or any other fancy awards show where high-fashion looks are rampant, the MTV Video Music Awards are a time for the stars to let loose. You can wear a ball gown, as Lorde displays, but you can also get away with sequined harem pants, as Demi proves. It’s still glam, but more exciting.
And while we didn’t get a Gaga meat dress this year, there were some moments that kept us on our toes. Like, Lizzo’s “wedding” dress, Nicki Minaj’s pink latex one-piece, and Lil Mama’s birdcage bag. It was an eclectic night for fashion, for one of the more eclectic awards shows out there.
Ahead, we round up the 16 most standout looks from the night. Click through to check out our favorites.