The red carpet at the MTV VMAs is only the beginning. The stars pull out all the stops when it comes to fashion at this event, but while arrival looks may be dramatic, historically some of the buzziest looks have been saved for performances. And this year, with showstoppers coming our way from female powerhouses including Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé, this year's onstage outfits were definitely worth a second look. Get up close and personal with the best performance numbers from the 2014 show!
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