Continuing with her new grunge style, Miley Cyrus donned an almost vampiric, long black Pucci dress that was daring yet flattering and certainly grown up. Her new platinum pixie 'do was styled into a faux hawk, one-upping performer P!nk's similar hair style.
WORST: NICKI MINAJ
Always one to dress crazy, Nicki Minaj showed up on the red carpet at the 2012 VMAs wearing a snug Versace black lace bodysuit, accented with a pattern of red tape. More bizarre than her skin-tight outfit was her highlighter yellow hair and dominatrix cap, an accessory stolen straight from Lady Gaga's tour wardrobe. The icing on the worst-dressed cake? Her sparkly Christian Louboutin heels didn't even match.
BEST: THE WANTED
Jay McGuiness, Siva Kaneswaran, Nathan Skyes, Max George and Tom Parker, a.k.a. The Wanted, put a suited twist on the coordinated boy band look. Their skinny pants and gray and black suits, all designed by Tommy Hilfiger, complemented each other while showing their distinct personalities and timeless style.
WORST: ALICIA KEYS
Though her short hair looked sleek and sophisticated, Alicia Keys' silver dress at the VMAs was all wrong. Her body is banging and toned, but this dress just made her look boxy. And are those folds or wrinkles? We can't tell, but either way, this is not a "girl on fire."
BEST: CHRIS BROWN
Don't let the Sisqo-esque hair distract you. Besides winning Best Male Video, Breezy won one of our style awards with his smooth, well-tailored gray suit, dark shades and skinny black tie.
WORST: RITA ORA
Ouch! Double fail for Rita Ora at the VMAs. Her red carpet outfit, a custom Emilio Pucci jumpsuit, made her look like a sparkly, armored amphibian. The sleek white dress she wore during the show was gorgeous from the waist down, but raised eyebrows in all the wrong ways thanks to fringed sleeves -- or should we call them wings? -- and massive shoulder pads.
BEST: WIZ KHALIFA & AMBER ROSE
The engaged couple has sent the Internet abuzz the last few days with pregnancy rumors, which were confirmed at the VMAs. Rose's custom-made gown, a form fitting, long sleeved black lace number, was tasteful and feminine, complimenting her growing belly. Meanwhile, Wiz's snug, shrunken suit showed fatherly maturity with a sockless twist.
"Gucci Gucci" rapper Kreayshawn took inspiration from bats and ballerinas in her all-black VMAs ensemble. Her gothic-inspired platform boots only added to the out-of-season Halloween feel. Don't be surprised if you see Kreay recycling this outfit to trick-or-treat this October. Boo!
BEST - RIHANNA
The "We Found Love" singer kept it simple and classy with a long white, backless gown that hugged her famous curves. But of course, the biggest buzz was surrounding her new pixie cut, a look that seems to channel the always fashionable Halle Berry.
Usually one of the more stylish men to walk the red carpet, NeYo's 2012 VMA outfit just looked sloppy and out-of-date. The feather in his fedora, the camo pants and the belt chain? Just because No Doubt's back doesn't mean we need to dress like it's 1999 again.
"Gangnam Style" may be a little silly, but there was nothing funny about K-pop star Psy's VMA look. His striped red carpet suit and wing-tipped oxfords made for a classic look. But later, when Psy performed a bit from his signature hit with VMA host Kevin hart, his powder blue blazer and sleek shades showed the fun-loving personality that comes through in his song.
WORST: MAC MILLER
To put it simply: Rapper Mac Miller's outfit was just a mess. From the studded jacket to the slouchy jeans and odd monkey shirt, it's no wonder he hid his face with sunglasses and a gray cap.
Usually a wild child, Ke$ha classed it up for the VMAs with a short, nude dress complimented by black floral appliques. She reportedly designed the look for herself, with the help of Ugo Zaldi. Her platinum blonde combover hairstyle added to the look, which was spunky and stylish in all the right ways.
It was hard to tell where the red carpet ended and Tyga's VMA outfit began. His spray-painted red converse, red zippered pants and shiny red tank top were, well, red. What did stand out, however, was his massive gold chain, which looked like a lost relic from Mardi Gras.
BEST: 2 CHAINZ
The Georgia rapper did in fact wear two chains, which pulled together his Versace outfit, consisting of metallic bronze pants, a black shirt and studded black leather jacket. The look is certainly hip-hop, but done tastefully and in high fashion, making him one of the best dressed rappers of the evening.