How Lil Nas X and Billie Eilish Rocked the VMAs Red Carpet

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Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos by Getty

MTV turns 40 this year, and this year’s VMAs red carpet made good on a mission to celebrate as only pop and rock stars with crazy-eyed stylists can. Maximalism, of course, won out. But then, along came Billie Eilish to remind us all that a cozy big jumper is the best invention since grilled cheese. (Actually, make them equal.)

One of the night’s first arrivals, Lil Nas X, makes a good case for the rest of us packing up and going home: how is it going to get better than this crystal pantsuit/skirt combination? (Not to mention the hair.)

Call it the Harry Styles effect: Shawn Mendes wore an all-suit with baggy trousers. Another sign of the troubling return of low-rise jeans: Tinashe hosted the pre-show in a lace-up pair.

Lil Nas X

<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Lil Nas X.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Jamie McCarthy/Getty</div>

Lil Nas X.

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Billie Eilish

Delicious red carpet sanity! Some very stylish sanity. For here is Billie Eilish dressing just as one should do—comfortably in slouchy everything, all in black. Big pockets. She will be viewed with such envy by her all her primped and made-up compadres tonight. I bet everyone ends up just wanting to fall asleep on this divine outfit.

<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Billie Eilish.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Noam Galai/Getty</div>

Billie Eilish.

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Kacey Musgraves

Finally, someone located the purple feather cabinet and used it for what it was intended: a hat that will also whoosh right by you! Plus, red gloves! Color blocking and a hat! And she can go straight to the Hello, Dolly! audition afterwards. Thank you, Valentino!

<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Kacey Musgraves. </p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Angela Weiss/Getty</div>

Kacey Musgraves.

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Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly

As the young people say, Megan Fox (in Mugler) and Machine Gun Kelly (Dolce & Gabbana) have not come to play. Her: a classic piece of barely there garment brilliance guaranteed to get the tabloids frothing. Him: a glittering red waterfall of a suit, with face jewelry.

<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Jeff Kravitz/Getty</div>

Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly.

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Doja Cat

The show host arrived in another red leather look by Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood: thigh-high socks and lace-up pumps. She layered her corset top with a draped overlay shawl. Layering!

<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Doja Cat.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Angela Weiss/Getty </div>

Doja Cat.

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Bella Poarch

“I can’t wait to show u guys this cute little black dress I’m wearing rn,” the singer tweeted just before the show, in perhaps the understatement of the night. There was nothing subdued about her goth lace pantsuit.

<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Bella Poarch.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Jamie McCarthy/Getty</div>

Bella Poarch.

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Olivia Rodrigo

One of the night’s most anticipated performers showed up looking, well, fine, in a cutesy sherbet strapless gown. The Atelier Versace dress was very prom-esque, which makes sense given the fact that Olivia Rodrigo only just graduated high school. Still, if any night was the time to bring the drama, this is it. Where are the feathers?

<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Olivia Rodrigo.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Rob Kim/Getty</div>

Olivia Rodrigo.

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Camila Cabello

Let us just say you were going to an awards ceremony, and then leaving on a long trip immediately afterwards. Could you find a dress with compartments attached to it for your stuff? Of course you can, thanks to Alexis Mabille. And if your intentions are more modest, as our colleague Kelly Caminero said: “This is a great dress for sneaking snacks.”

<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Camila Cabello.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Rob Kim/Getty</div>

Camila Cabello.

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Paris Hilton

Somebody has been repeat-watching, rewinding, and dreaming about Showgirls, and learning all the right lessons from it. Just watch out for her near any pearls and stairs.

<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Paris Hilton.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Astrid Stawiarz/Getty</div>

Paris Hilton.

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We can retire the all-white trend: Normani perfected it in this ab- and leg-bearing skirt suit by Patryc Japagas.

<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Normani. </p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Angela Weiss/Getty</div>


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A little dose of beautifully worn Hollywood glam, courtesy of Valentino. The rapper posted an Instagram story filmed in her limo on the event, toasting a glass of red wine. Cheers, especially to her stylist.

<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Saweetie.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Astrid Stawiarz/Getty</div>


Astrid Stawiarz/Getty

Avril Lavigne

The reigning queen of pop punk returned to her throne in a cut-out plaid suit that revealed a bedazzled bra by Area.

<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Avril Lavigne.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Astrid Stawiarz/Getty</div>

Avril Lavigne.

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Kim Petras

Kim Petras is wearing Richard Quinn, and what is magical about this the mixture of hippy-dippy dance around the fire, and S & M dungeon. Masks are everywhere. Not the pandemic ones. The bend-over-and-enjoy kind. And now you can wear it with daywear. Thanks Kim!

<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Kim Petras.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Astrid Stawiarz/Getty</div>

Kim Petras.

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Cyndi Lauper

Frankly, why even bother when Cyndi Lauper is there in the room too? Cyndi Lauper is everything. All in black, cool to the last scintilla of her cuticles.

<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Cyndi Lauper. </p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Angela Weiss/Getty</div>

Cyndi Lauper.

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Ed Sheeran

And here we have Ed Sheeran looking very uncomfortable in a Versace blazer. Ed it’s ok, you can just wear a tux next time.

<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Ed Sheeran.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Angela Weiss/Getty</div>

Ed Sheeran.

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Simone Biles

Simone Biles is at the VMAs to introduce Doja Cat. All in white, and a champion.

<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Simone Biles.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Jeff Kravitz/Getty</div>

Simone Biles.

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Flo Milli

Flo Milli turned herself into a disco ball in a mirrored mini dress. Who needs lighting design when you have this glowing dress to light the way?

<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Flo Milli.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Jamie McCarthy/Getty</div>

Flo Milli.

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Winnie Harlow

Winnie Harlow coming in hot with that type of outfit you can only wear during breezy early September days: an artfully of-the-shoulder fleece and hot pants.

<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Winnie Harlow.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Jamie McCarthy/Getty</div>

Winnie Harlow.

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Billy Porter

Today’s kids may not remember the original MTV Moon Man, but Billy Porter is here to give them a history lesson. Here, the Pose star shimmered in a tin foil-ish jumpsuit. Great for conspiracy theorists and fashionistas alike.

<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Billy Porter.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Angela Weiss/Getty</div>

Billy Porter.

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Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian

Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian threw it back to high school yearbook days, and seem to be gunning for Cutest Couple in coordinated all-black outfits. Then they made out on the red carpet because, as they are wont to do.

<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>Travis Barker Kourtney Kardashian.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Angela Weiss/Getty</div>

Travis Barker Kourtney Kardashian.

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Proof that there is nothing like a handsome fellow in a great pink suit.

<div class="inline-image__caption"><p>SAINt JHN.</p></div> <div class="inline-image__credit">Jeff Kravitz/Getty</div>


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