MTV Style Best Of 2010: Wildest Performance Outfits

Each day, through New Year's Eve, we'll bring you a list featuring some of the most unforgettable looks of 2010.

The red carpet gives musicians a chance to go glam, but the stage is where performers get to show off their true artistic style. And this year saw a number of fun trends in performance wear, including fluorescent colors from M.I.A., couture-like gowns from Florence Welch, and tons of leopard print and glitter from Ke$ha (who else?!). Here, we take a look back at the 2010 performance outfits that got us talking.

FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE: Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine performed at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards in a gorgeous, Grecian-inspired peach gown. The feminine frock had lovely pleating details throughout, and Florence looked almost Goddess-like in the romantic dress.

Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine performs at the MTV Video Music Awards in L.A. on Sept. 12.
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LADY GAGA: Oh, Lady Gaga. She never disappoints us when it comes to fashion, does she?! The singer looked like a star (a shooting star, specifically) at the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago in her sculpture minidress.

Lady Gaga performs at the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago on Aug. 6.
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KE$HA: Known for her "garbage chic" flair, Ke$ha rocked patterned tights, a retro tee, and leopard print gloves on stage at a New York City concert in August. Even though we'd never sport the outfit ourselves, we definitely give Ke$ha props for her boldness!

Ke$ha performs at Madison Square Garden in New York on Aug. 12.
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KATY PERRY: Katy Perry looked pretty as a peacock during a performance at Splash Bar in New York last August. The pop star hit the stage in an embellished white outfit, paired with "peacock feathers" attached to the back. Katy had several jaw-dropping performance outfits this year, but this was definitely the widest wildest!

Katy Perry performs at Splash Bar in New York on Aug. 27.
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USHER: One of our favorite hustlers, Usher, took the stage at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards in a head-to-toe black outfit. The futuristic look included a leather vest, padded pants, and flashy sunglasses.

Usher performs at the MTV Video Music Awards in L.A. on Sept. 12.
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RIHANNA: Rihanna flaunted her fab figure in a shoulder-padded sparkly, pink leotard during a New York performance at Madison Square Garden last August. She rocked the pantless ensemble with embellished black boots and fishnet tights.

Rihanna performs at Madison Square Garden in New York on Aug. 12.
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M.I.A.: M.I.A. looked like a florescent rainbow at the Spike TV Awards in Los Angeles. The singer picked bright blue hair, a shiny yellow shirt (to match her canary-colored nails), and hot pink bottoms. Plus, check out her fuchsia lipstick! Color us crazy, M.I.A.

M.I.A. performs at Spike TV's 'Scream 2010' in L.A. on Oct. 16.
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NICKI MINAJ: Nicki Minaj went for a superhero theme for her 2010 MTV Video Music Awards performance outfit. The singer chose a pink and purple outfit crafted by designer Marco Marco and repurposed Chanel boots that were reworked with pink leather trim at the thigh.

Nicki Minaj performs at the MTV Video Music Awards pre-show in L.A. on Sept. 12.
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30 SECONDS TO MARS: Jared Leto, the lead singer of 30 Seconds to Mars, never bores us with his innovative looks. During a performance at the Lowlands Festival in the Netherlands, Jared opted for a white leather jacket, studded red gloves, and a "graphic" tee. He finished off the outrageous outfit with tribal face paint.

Jared Leto of 30 Seconds To Mars performs at the Lowlands Festival 2010 in the Netherlands on Aug. 22.
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PINK: No one could have predicted what Pink would reveal when she started taking off her white hooded dress during her 2010 Grammy Awards performance. The singer stripped down to show off a nude bodysuit with patches of glitter and strategically placed white strips in what was one of the most talked-about performance outfits of the entire year.

Pink performs at the Grammy Awards in L.A. on Jan. 31.
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