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19 Times Celebrities Totally Forgot To Wear Clothes At The VMAs [NSFW]

We all won when these stars lost their shirts at the VMAs.

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

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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

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The King Of All Media’s infamous character Fartman took a page from Prince’s playbook.

5. Lil Kim, 1999

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Lil Kim proves smaller the pasty, the bigger the statement.

6. Mariah Carey, 1997

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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

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A Rose by any other name would still look awesome while naked in public.

8. Britney Spears, 2000

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Oops! Britney officially became a woman in this iconic Brit-tease.

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9. Christina Aguilera, 2002

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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

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What goes best with washboard abs? Literally anything or nothing…as Lenny proves.

11. Eva Longoria, 2005

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There’s making a splash, and then there’s starting your own one-woman swimsuit competition.

12. Coco, 2005

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In a move of crazy confidence, she showed off her Coco-nuts.

13. Steve-O And Chris Pontius, 2006

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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

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She was a Rebel with a cause: to make us laugh and maybe cringe a little.

16. Jason Derulo, 2013

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Jason Derulo talked dirty to us before he even opened his mouth.

17. Lady Gaga, 2013

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…Naked as the day Gaga was born this way.

18. Selena Gomez, 2013

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Just because they’re called underwear doesn’t mean Selena has to wear anything over them.

19. Miley Cyrus, 2013

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Our tongues were hanging out too, Miley.

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Tess Barker is a stand up comic and co-host of the Lady to Lady podcast.