The red carpet at the MTV VMAs is anything but expected (this is the event, after all, that saw Lady Gaga in a meat dress and Lil' Kim with a very memorable purple pasty ), and this year was no exception. Stars made their way into one of the most no-holds-barred award shows of the year, and we're bringing you every look, right here.
Miley Cyrus at the 2014 MTV VMAs
Miley Cyrus  didn't disappoint in an Alexandre Vauthier black leather bandeau bralette and harem pant set from the designer's Fall 2014 couture collection.
Katy Perry at the 2014 MTV VMAs
The singer paid perfect homage to Britney Spears's famous 2001 all-denim look  in this Versace  patchwork strapless gown. Note rapper Riff Raff, her Justin Timberlake  look-alike, in the background!
Demi Lovato at the 2014 MTV VMAs
The singer went matchy-matchy on the red carpet in a stunning red dress and red clutch, along with Marina B gold diamond earrings.
Taylor Swift at the 2014 MTV VMAs
No dress needed for Taylor Swift ! The singer rocked a graphic print blue long-sleeved Mary Katrantzou  bodysuit, burgundy Elie Saab  booties, and Lorraine Schwartz stacked rings.
Kim Kardashian at the 2014 MTV VMAs
Good thing she's wearing a minidress! The reality star donned an immaculately beaded — and likely heavy — printed Balmain  dress with a deep-V neckline along with black crocheted booties.
Beyoncé at the 2014 MTV VMAs
The singer made an entrance in a black lace and beaded geometric Nicolas Jebran dress with Christian Louboutin  peep-toe pumps and oversize Lorraine Schwartz black jade and white diamond earrings and an assortment of white diamond rings.
Jennifer Lopez at the 2014 MTV VMAs
Now those are some cutouts: the singer wore a metallic Charbel Zoe dress with a Thalé Blanc clutch and Jimmy Choo  pumps. Her 20-carat diamond and platinum stud earrings and rings were by Neil Lane.
Kendall Jenner at the 2014 MTV VMAs
Never one to shy away from sheer fabrics, the model opted for high-waisted black pants and a sheer mesh top by Alon Livne as well as a brass choker by Jennifer Fisher .
Rita Ora at the 2014 MTV VMAs
The singer shocked in a red silk charmeuse Donna Karan  Atelier  dress with a slit that reached new heights. Her diamond choker and bold rings were by Lorraine Schwartz.
Taylor Schilling at the 2014 MTV VMAs
The Orange Is the New Black star shone in a black sequined strapless Halston  Heritage minidress and black Edie Parker  box clutch.
Iggy Azalea at the 2014 MTV VMAs
The rapper looked especially "Fancy" in a curve-hugging silver metallic Atelier  Versace  gown and Nasrin Imani geometric diamond necklace.
Jamie Chung at the 2014 MTV VMAs
The actress looked perfectly polished in this deep red embellished body-con minidress and nude Stuart Weitzman  heels.
Laverne Cox at the 2014 MTV VMAs
The Orange Is the New Black star stunned in a sexy, sparkly minidress by Marc Bouwer.
Nina Dobrev at the 2014 MTV VMAs
The Vampire Diaries actress donned a sleeveless coral and black silk draped gown — with black leather cross detailing at the waist — from the Zuhair Murad 2014 resort collection. Her Michael Nelson beaded clutch and strappy Jimmy Choo  sandals finished off the sultry look.
Chloë Moretz at the 2014 MTV VMAs
The If I Stay star looked positively adorable in a belted and embellished red top with pink trousers, both by Louis Vuitton .
Julianne Hough at the 2014 MTV VMAs
The star gave off a Grecian vibe in this flowing Emilio Pucci  navy blue silk georgette backless gown, which featured slits and chain accents.
Kylie Jenner at the 2014 MTV VMAs
The reality star opted for a black silk collared wrap dress with a sexy slit, a Giles & Brother 's gold lariat necklace, and Jennifer Fisher  long bar diamond earrings.
Joan Smalls at the 2014 MTV VMAs
The model wore a beaded minidress from the Balmain  resort 2014 collection with Chopard  jewels.
Kelly Rowland at the 2014 MTV VMAs
The singer showed off her chic maternity style in a glimmering Kaufmanfranco halter dress with Lorraine Schwartz chandelier earrings and stacked bangles.
Behati Prinsloo at the 2014 MTV VMAs
The newlywed supermodel, who walked the red carpet in a sexy minidress with Neil Lane jewels, kept one hand on husband Adam Levine and the other on her Rauwolf octagonal clutch.
Gwen Stefani at the 2014 MTV VMAs
Talk about a pop of color! The singer stood out on the red carpet in a hot pink top with leather details and matching trousers, both by her label L.A.M.B. Her lips? A perfect pink to match, and for accessories, she opted for Christian Louboutin  mesh point-toe pumps with Swarovski  crystal details and a thick black bracelet with black diamond Lorraine Schwartz rings covering nearly every finger.
Nicki Minaj at the 2014 MTV VMAs
The rapper struck a pose in a sculptured animal-print minidress with nude platform pumps.
Chanel Iman at the 2014 MTV VMAs
The model wowed in a skintight woven leather Balmain  dress, which was finished off with a serious choker and Casadei  cage sandals.
Victoria Justice at the 2014 MTV VMAs
The singer is surely taking to Twitter tonight, as evidenced by her hashtag-happy neon green Edie Parker  box clutch. Her accessory wasn't the only bold part of her ensemble, which included a white Alice + Olivia bustier and a custom LUBLU Kira Plastinina black textured leather high-low skirt.
Solange Knowles at the 2014 MTV VMAs
Always one to go in a different direction, the singer showed her trademark style in an oversize glitter tuxedo, which was designed by H&M  and cost only $150! She topped the budget-friendly look with Stuart Weitzman  heels.
Jourdan Dunn at the 2014 MTV VMAs
The supermodel showed off her assets in an extreme version of the crop-top trend — a black bandeau Balmain  top and coordinating maxi skirt.
Jordin Sparks at the 2014 MTV VMAs
The singer looked gorgeous in a formfitting long-sleeved white dress with an ultralow neckline and coordinating Stuart Weitzman  sandals.
Uzo Aduba at the 2014 MTV VMAs
The Orange Is the New Black actress went for a sophisticated look with a long-sleeved black dress.
Cher Lloyd at the 2014 MTV VMAs
The singer looked red-hot in a leather Ina Soltani mock turtleneck dress and a Jacob & Co. winged ear cuff.
Michelle Williams at the 2014 MTV VMAs
The singer went for bold black and white with her flowing keyhole halter dress.
Ariana Grande at the 2014 MTV VMAs
In case it wasn't clear by her belt, the singer wore a black leather top and skirt by Moschino along with Tom Ford  boots and Borgioni black diamond stud earrings.
Holland Roden at the 2014 MTV VMAs
The Teen Wolf star went with a bright white Milly cutout dress, Rupert Sanderson  silver mirror pumps, a Kotur  clutch, and Tacori stud earrings.
Lucy Hale at the 2014 MTV VMAs
The Pretty Little Liars star wore a Sachin & Babi black crop top over a floral slit-cut midi skirt, along with a Jimmy Choo  clutch and silver Stuart Weitzman  heels.
Amber Rose at the 2014 MTV VMAs
The star left very little to the imagination in a silver chain-link halter ensemble by Laura Dewitt over a metallic thong.
Sarah Hyland at the 2014 MTV VMAs
The Modern Family star showed a lot more skin — and a more gothic look — than we're used to seeing on her. She paired a backless cutout blue suede Kaufmanfranco dress with Lorraine Schwartz jewelry and Stuart Weitzman  heels.
Kesha at the 2014 MTV VMAs
Aside from her rainbow-colored hair, the singer struck a surprising Old Hollywood vibe in her jewel-encrusted white gown.
Ireland Baldwin at the 2014 MTV VMAs
The star looked especially flirty in a fringed Roberto Cavalli  dress and Pamela Love  jewelry while walking the red carpet.
Jessie J at the 2014 MTV VMAs
The British singer stood out in a lime-green vintage Halston  dress with Charlotte Olympia  heels and a matching Lorraine Schwartz ring.