Sure, the VMAs have rich tradition of being a night when celebrities dress to impress (or at least shock). But some of the evening’s most memorable outfits have, however, hardly been outfits at all. Here are few examples of when VMA stars gifted us all by arriving in their birthday suits — or close to it.
1. Madonna, 1984
You can’t totally tell from this photo, but Madonna’s lacy, less-than-virginal teddy is see-through and quite shocking 30 years ago.
2. L.L. Cool J, 1991
Ladies Love Cool’s Junk.
3. Prince, 1991
Prince royally gave Hitchcock a run for his money when it came to having a timeless “Rear Window.”
4. Howard Stern, 1992
The King Of All Media’s infamous character Fartman took a page from Prince’s playbook.
5. Lil Kim, 1999
Lil Kim proves smaller the pasty, the bigger the statement.
6. Mariah Carey, 1997
Somewhere in Beverly Hills, there’s half of a dress that’s still sad it didn’t get to grace this bangin’ bod.
7. Rose McGowan, 1998
A Rose by any other name would still look awesome while naked in public.
8. Britney Spears, 2000
Oops! Britney officially became a woman in this iconic Brit-tease.
9. Christina Aguilera, 2002
Celebrating the often-overlooked underboob, Christina showed us that her voice wasn’t the only thing that could reach impressive heights.
10. Lenny Kravitz, 2004
What goes best with washboard abs? Literally anything or nothing…as Lenny proves.
11. Eva Longoria, 2005
There’s making a splash, and then there’s starting your own one-woman swimsuit competition.
12. Coco, 2005
In a move of crazy confidence, she showed off her Coco-nuts.
13. Steve-O And Chris Pontius, 2006
No shirts were no problem for this pair of jack asses, who showed that sometimes dressing up just means abstaining from stapling one’s self for the evening.
14. Britney Spears, Again, 2007
Britney really hates wearing much for her VMA performances.
15. Rebel Wilson, 2012
She was a Rebel with a cause: to make us laugh and maybe cringe a little.
16. Jason Derulo, 2013
Jason Derulo talked dirty to us before he even opened his mouth.
17. Lady Gaga, 2013
…Naked as the day Gaga was born this way.
18. Selena Gomez, 2013
Just because they’re called underwear doesn’t mean Selena has to wear anything over them.
19. Miley Cyrus, 2013
Our tongues were hanging out too, Miley.