Lady Gaga is literally a work of art, in her Elizabethan-inspired Alexander McQueen gown and gold feather crown. She knows she's the queen of the VMAs -- the gold feather crown and her entourage of military escorts proves it.
Usher & Justin Bieber
Do you think Usher and Justin Bieber called each other to make sure their outfits matched? Twinsies!
Katy Perry mixes punk-rock hair streaks with an outfit that's reminiscent of the Ice Capades.
Will.i.am & Nicki Minaj
Looking like an extraterrestrial power couple, Will.i.am rocked the blackface and Nicki Minaj sported a pink beehive during their pre-show performance .
Jason Derulo hits the white carpet wearing all black – a fashion trend followed by Usher, Bieber, Drake and more VMA men.
The members of Paramore were definitely not in sync when they picked out their VMA outfits. Hayley looks fab, of course ... but drummer Zac Farro? Not so much.
Florence + the Machine's Florence Welch, who's nominated for four awards, looks pin-up chic in gold.
Ke$ha keeps the Glad Company in business with her trash-bag inspired mini-dress.
Drake looks as dapper as Bond in all black, but his tasseled loafers would better match a smoking jacket.
Disney diva Selena Gomez is a teen dream in her elegant platinum gown.
Pharrell Williams sports an icy-cold stare as he shows off his mix-and-match military look.
Glee's Jane Lynch stays true to her track-suit stripes, but steps up the style with a polka-dot lined trenchcoat.