Anyone who's ever seen the MTV Video Music Awards knows that evening gowns and cocktail dresses have no place on the red carpet. Love it or hate it, the VMAs are where fashion mistakes are made, outlandish style steals the show and wardrobe malfunctions reign supreme.

The VMAs are where Britney Spears can rip off a pinstripe suit and dance around in a beige bodysuit; where Lil Kim can wear nothing but a pasty while Diana Ross fondles her on stage; and where the Spice Girls could wear the shortest bottoms even seen on this side of the Atlantic.

In short, the MTV VMAs have created dozens of memorable fashion moments that, try as we might, we can never un-see. To get psyched up for this Thursday's show, here's a look back at some of the most indelible, iconic and just plain wacky style pics from the Video Music Awards.

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  • Madonna, 1984

    (Redferns photo)

  • DJ Jazzy Jeff & Will Smith, 1988

    (WireImage photo)

  • Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love & Francis Bean Cobain, 1993

    (WireImage photo)

  • Lenny Kravitz & Cindy Crawford, 1993

    (WireImage photo)

  • TLC, 1995

    (WireImage photo)

  • Martha Stewart & Busta Rhymes, 1997

    (WireImage photo)

  • Spice Girls, 1997

    (Getty photo)

  • Madonna, 1998

    (Getty photo)

  • Marilyn Manson, 1998

    (Getty photo)

  • Marilyn Manson & Rose McGowan, 1998

    (FilmMagic photo)

  • Rebecca Romijn, 1998

    (Getty photo)

  • Gwen Stefani, 1999

    (FilmMagic photo)

  • Lil Kim, 1999

    (Getty photo)

  • Diana Ross & Lil Kim, 1999

    (Getty photo)

  • Britney Spears, 2000

    (WireImage photo)

  • Eminem, 2000

    (Getty photo)

  • Dr. Dre with Eminem lookalikes, 2000

    (WireImage photo)

  • Jennifer Lopez & Puff Daddy, 2000

    (Getty photo)

  • 'NSYNC, 2000

    (Getty photo)

  • Jay-Z, 2001

    (WireImage photo)

  • Britney Spears, 2001

    (Getty photo)

  • Britney Spears, 2001

    (WireImage photo)

  • Christina Aguilera, 2002

    (Getty photo)

  • Beyonce & Jay-Z, 2003

    (Getty photo)

  • Beyonce, 2003

    (Getty photo)

  • OutKast, 2003

    (Getty photo)

  • Britney Spears, Madonna & Christina Aguilera, 2003

    (Getty photo)

  • Kanye West & Jay-Z, 2004

    (Getty photo)

  • Kanye West, 2005

    (Getty photo)

  • Kanye West & Taylor Swift, 2009

    (WireImage photo)

  • Lady Gaga, 2009

    (Getty photo)

  • Beyonce, 2009

    (Getty photo)

  • Lady Gaga, 2010

    (Getty photo)

  • Nicki Minaj, 2011

    (Getty photo)

  • Lady Gaga as Jo Calderone, 2011

    (Getty photo)

  • Beyonce, 2011

    (Getty photo)

  • Katy Perry, 2011

    (Getty photo)

  • PopEater on the White Carpet at the VMAs

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