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: KATY PERRY
A recent queen of the Billboard charts, pop diva Katy Perry flaunts an elegantly flowing gown for Billboard's camera.
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: TAYLOR SWIFT
Though her hotly anticipated new LP is called "Red", Taylor Swift went with a whitewashed look at the 2012 VMAs.
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.
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.
BEST: MILEY CYRUS
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.
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.
BEST: AMBER ROSE
Model/Wiz Khalifa heartthrob Amber Rose arrives at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, not letting a baby bump get in the way of her unique fashion sense.
BEST: PINK & CAREY HART
Pop diva Pink and motorcyclist Carey Hart hit the red carpet as one of the VMAs' most buzzworthy couples.
BEST: DEMI LOVATO
Demi Lovato flaunts her stylish black dress, as well as one of the evening's first Moonmen for "Best Video with a Message."
BEST: ONE DIRECTION
UK boy band sensation One Direction take their fresh-faced charm to the red carpet amongst a raucous crowd of onlookers.
Korean rapper Psy brings some K-pop appeal and snappy fashion sense to the Billboard cameras.
BEST: RITA ORA
British singer/actress Rita Ora arrives in style, sporting a shimmering outfit/clutch purse combo.
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 one of the more stylish men to walk the red carpet, Ne-Yo'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.
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.
"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: REGINA SPEKTOR
Pianist/vocalist Regina Spektor takes her oh-so-adorable image to the VMAs' red carpet with black as her color of choice.
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.