Canibus, Gwen Stefani Manage To Stand Out In VMA Crowd

It's not easy to turn heads at the MTV Video Music Awards, but Canibus managed to do just that when he arrived on the red carpet Thursday night with silver metal flake face paint that made him seem more in line with the WWF than MTV.

Canibus, who arrived with his mentor Wyclef Jean, of course was one of the few artists whose appearance rose above the already high-fashion bell curve. After all, it's hard to get noticed when Marilyn Manson is a few feet away sporting a full-length leopard fur coat.

While Jennifer Love Hewitt went the Donna Karan route, Sean Lennon chose to fly under the high fashion radar in a suit that looked like it should have been on its way to a convention of insurance salesmen. Beck also went old school, only he headed to the new wave wing in a thin pair of red sunglasses that look lifted from the set of "Fast Times At Ridgemont High." The Beasties made a statement of unity as each Beastie, and Mixmaster Mike, all sported identical gray work shirts and blue slacks.

Rob Zombie boasted perhaps the most elaborate accessory as he arrived in the original Munsters dragster that he sings of in his new single, "Dragula."

Some artists let their follicles do the talking, like No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani who turned up sporting a fresh blue dye job twisted into horns on top of her head.

However, perhaps Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt made the ultimate statement as he arrived at the show with a freshly shaved head. Less is more indeed.

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