Which VMAs Style Moment Was Most Shocking?

08/29/2011 at 10:30 AM ET

MTV VMAs StyleSteve Granitz/Wireimage(3), Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

Baby bumps, Britney tributes and Bruno bashing — oh my! The MTV Video Music Awards were filled with many buzz-worthy moments last night, but the style choices of several stars gave us just as much to talk about.

Lady Gaga started the two-hour show as her male alter ego, Jo Calderone, wearing Brooks Brothers pants, a men’s jacket, little makeup and a short black wig. She convincingly stayed in character (and costume) all night, even hitting on Britney Spears while presenting her with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

Meanwhile, Nicki Minaj hit the black carpet in a jagged bodysuit accessorized with plush creatures, knee-highs and lots of colorful hair. “Tokyo inspired this outfit,” she told reporters during the show. “Harajuku is something I have been absorbing for a long time.”

Though Justin Bieber one-upped her in the shock-value department — he brought his pet snake, Johnson, along for the ride — his accessories were slightly more demure; namely, his DITA Senator glasses. “I was just going for something fun and youthful and not too put together,” he told reporters. “Something that would go good with the cheetah shoes.”

But BeyoncĂ©‘s accessory was the best of all: she debuted her baby bump in a flowing orange Lanvin gown, later revealing it for the television crowds in a Dolce & Gabbana tux following her performance of “Love on Top.”

It was Katy Perry, though, who became the night’s quick-change artist, starting out in an Atelier Versace geisha-style mini-dress, complete with parasol. To introduce Adele, the big nominee slipped into a long, high-necked purple gown, a departure from her usually revealing wardrobe. She ended the night in Dior Couture, sporting a pink top paired with a black-and-white tulip-shaped skirt and yellow cube-shaped hat, but not before looking like a broken record — literally! — in a sparkly black dress accented with vinyl bearing her name.

“I just felt like being colorful and fun and with me, I am okay with self-deprecation,” Perry told reporters. “I am all right with being laughed at and laughed with and just laughing, so that was the inspiration of tonight: just to have a laugh.”

There was a lot to look at, but we want to know: which VMAs style moment was most shocking?

Katy Perry VMAs StyleJon Kopaloff/FilmMagic(2), Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

–Kate Hogan, with reporting by Jessica Herndon and Mia McNiece


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eribri on

I feel like celebrities don’t dress crazy to just do it but to up someone else now. This is getting ridiculous with all these fashion weirdo outfits.

Back in the day it was shocking (aka like Madonna cone boobs)but it wasn’t WEIRD. They’re slightly tainting that “shock” now a days.

Dana on

I can’t stand Lady Gag-Gag or Justin Beaverbrain. They need to go away FOREVER. Give me Britney, Katy, Beyonce, etc any day.

JJ on

Beyonce was the best dressed.

Slideshow: Nicki Minaj’s most outrageous outfits | The Grio on

[…] While the platinum-selling emcee quickly monopolized the female presence in hip-hop, Nicki’s image began to evolve with the introduction of her alter-ego — Roman Zolanski — her ever-changing hair, and her eccentric fashion choices. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or a hater, it’s hard to deny the entertainment value of watching the petite rapper strut the red carpet in accessories that nearly topple her (see “Harajuku” inspired 2011 VMA outfit). […]

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