The Most Stylish VMA Couples of All Time

These celebrity pairings will provide you with all the fashion inspo you’ll ever need

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Jennifer Lopez & Alex Rodriguez – 2018

Though their coordinating couples’ style had been on our radar for more than a year, it was the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards red carpet that really cemented Rodriguez’s reputation as the most A-list Instagram husband in history.

Though their coordinating couples’ style had been on our radar for more than a year, it was the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards red carpet that really cemented Rodriguez’s reputation as the most A-list Instagram husband in history.

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PINK, CAREY HART AND WILLOW – 2017

They came to slay. After standing out on the red carpet in a suit that matched those of her husband and daughter, Pink gave one of the most moving acceptance speeches ever while accepting her Video Vanguard Award.

They came to slay. After standing out on the red carpet in a suit that matched those of her husband and daughter, Pink gave one of the most moving acceptance speeches ever while accepting her Video Vanguard Award.

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KIM KARDASHIAN AND KANYE WEST – 2016

There was no denying the sexy when Kimye arrived at the 2016 awards, she in a barely there black dress and faux wet hair, him a foil in all-white everything. 

There was no denying the sexy when Kimye arrived at the 2016 awards, she in a barely there black dress and faux wet hair, him a foil in all-white everything. 

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CHRISSY TEIGEN AND JOHN LEGEND – 2015

Chrissy Teigen was actually pregnant with the couple’s first child in this photo, making her peekaboo gown almost harder to pull off. Husband John Legend did good red carpet date duty in an almost as eye-catching ensemble.

Chrissy Teigen was actually pregnant with the couple’s first child in this photo, making her peekaboo gown almost harder to pull off. Husband John Legend did good red carpet date duty in an almost as eye-catching ensemble.

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RIFF RAFF AND KATY PERRY – 2014

It’s certainly no Britney and Justin in coordinated Canadian tuxedos at the American Music Awards (a fact Katy herself admitted), but Riff Raff and Katy Perry’s matching Versace denim ensembles were a close runner-up.

It’s certainly no Britney and Justin in coordinated Canadian tuxedos at the American Music Awards (a fact Katy herself admitted), but Riff Raff and Katy Perry’s matching Versace denim ensembles were a close runner-up.

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PAMELA ANDERSON AND TOMMY LEE – 1999 

There’s so much going on within this lewk that deserves your undivided attention. From the furry pink hat, to the white bustier, to the fully bejeweled pants. We only have one question: How much longer until Kim Kardashian recreates this exact ensemble?

There’s so much going on within this lewk that deserves your undivided attention. From the furry pink hat, to the white bustier, to the fully bejeweled pants. We only have one question: How much longer until Kim Kardashian recreates this exact ensemble?

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PAMELA ANDERSON AND KID ROCK – 2001 

One thing is abundanetly clear from these two photos: the world needs — nay, deserves — more Pamela Anderson red carpet haute couture.

One thing is abundanetly clear from these two photos: the world needs — nay, deserves — more Pamela Anderson red carpet haute couture.

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CARMEN ELECTRA AND DAVE NAVARRO – 2003 

There’s almost too much to love about these looks, but let’s try to list them all. Carmen Electra’s impossibly short slip dress we could easily see Kendall Jenner wearing today, that Dior saddle bag, Dave Navarro’s midriff (man-driff?) with cigarettes tucked into the waistband of his lace-up chaps, and of course his short-sleeve mock turtleneck/compression sleeves combo.

There’s almost too much to love about these looks, but let’s try to list them all. Carmen Electra’s impossibly short slip dress we could easily see Kendall Jenner wearing today, that Dior saddle bag, Dave Navarro’s midriff (man-driff?) with cigarettes tucked into the waistband of his lace-up chaps, and of course his short-sleeve mock turtleneck/compression sleeves combo.

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MARILYN MANSON AND ROSE MCGOWAN – 1998 

One of the greatest gifts the VMAs have given us over the years (aside from the unforgettable fashions) is documenting some of the most unlikely couples to ever walk the red carpet. Like Marilyn Manson and Rose McGowan, the latter of which secured her lifelong BAMF status in this fully sheer mesh dress and leopard print thong ensemble.

One of the greatest gifts the VMAs have given us over the years (aside from the unforgettable fashions) is documenting some of the most unlikely couples to ever walk the red carpet. Like Marilyn Manson and Rose McGowan, the latter of which secured her lifelong BAMF status in this fully sheer mesh dress and leopard print thong ensemble.

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WIZ KHALIFA AND AMBER ROSE – 2014

And clearly, McGowan’s look deeply inspired Amber Rose, who wouldn’t miss an opportunity to make a major sartorial statement by wearing the most minimal amount of attire permissable by the FCC.

And clearly, McGowan’s look deeply inspired Amber Rose, who wouldn’t miss an opportunity to make a major sartorial statement by wearing the most minimal amount of attire permissable by the FCC.

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BRAD PITT AND CHRISTINA APPLEGATE – 1989 

In comparison to the photos that preceded it, this shot may be a bit of a letdown, fashion-wise, but it’s remarkable for a number of other reasons. Mostly because we completely forgot these two ever dated, but also, who doesn’t generally need more pictures of a young Brad Pitt wearing a floral vest in their life.

In comparison to the photos that preceded it, this shot may be a bit of a letdown, fashion-wise, but it’s remarkable for a number of other reasons. Mostly because we completely forgot these two ever dated, but also, who doesn’t generally need more pictures of a young Brad Pitt wearing a floral vest in their life.

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JAY-Z, BEYONCÉ AND BLUE IVY – 2014 

Forget about power couples, this is a full-blown power family. Plus, only a diva of this caliber can pull off a full stained glass bodysuit.

Forget about power couples, this is a full-blown power family. Plus, only a diva of this caliber can pull off a full stained glass bodysuit.

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MICHAEL JACKSON AND LISA MARIE PRESLEY – 1994 

For those too young to remember, there was once a time in VMA history when the true King and Queen of Pop briefly walked amongst us. Was it weird? Sure. But it also bestowed upon us this legendary Terminator-style pant/boot moment.

For those too young to remember, there was once a time in VMA history when the true King and Queen of Pop briefly walked amongst us. Was it weird? Sure. But it also bestowed upon us this legendary Terminator-style pant/boot moment.

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KURT COBAIN, COURTNEY LOVE AND FRANCES BEAN COBAIN – 1993 

No big deal. Just two grunge icons. In love. Wearing outfits that are just as cool and chic today as they were twenty plus years ago. Be still our beating hearts. 

No big deal. Just two grunge icons. In love. Wearing outfits that are just as cool and chic today as they were twenty plus years ago. Be still our beating hearts. 

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JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE AND BRITNEY SPEARS – 2000 

This photo is peak millennium fashion and #shipgoals. Between the thick-knit turtleneck, J.T.’s baby afro, the crimped hair, and the beaded choker, this is the entire early-aughts distilled to its purest form.

This photo is peak millennium fashion and #shipgoals. Between the thick-knit turtleneck, J.T.’s baby afro, the crimped hair, and the beaded choker, this is the entire early-aughts distilled to its purest form.

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BRITNEY SPEARS AND MADONNA – 2003

Long before Katy Perry event thought about kissing a girl there was only Madonna and Britney Spears. Okay, so this doesn’t technically count as a couple, but considering this moment is one of the most iconic VMA kisses of all time, this legendary pop pairing seems worth highlighting. (Sorry, Christina — we know you were there too, but…)

Long before Katy Perry event thought about kissing a girl there was only Madonna and Britney Spears. Okay, so this doesn’t technically count as a couple, but considering this moment is one of the most iconic VMA kisses of all time, this legendary pop pairing seems worth highlighting. (Sorry, Christina — we know you were there too, but…)

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JENNIFER LOPEZ AND SEAN COMBS – 2000

Don’t be fooled by the rocks that she’s got; back in 2000, Lopez was still just Jenny from the block and still coordinating all-white bedazzled outfits with a man going by the name of Puff Daddy.

Don’t be fooled by the rocks that she’s got; back in 2000, Lopez was still just Jenny from the block and still coordinating all-white bedazzled outfits with a man going by the name of Puff Daddy.

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DAVID AND VICTORIA BECKHAM – 2003

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but if you ask us, the glamour found within this single image is so great it could not be appropriately expressed using every single word in the English language.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but if you ask us, the glamour found within this single image is so great it could not be appropriately expressed using every single word in the English language.

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MARTHA STEWART AND BUSTA RHYMES – 1997  

Last, but absolutely never least, the greatest couple the world has ever known: Martha Stewart and Busta Rhymes. They may not have been a couple in real life, but that doesn’t mean we ever have to stop praying for them to reunite in some way – perhaps on her dinner party show with Snoop Dogg?

Last, but absolutely never least, the greatest couple the world has ever known: Martha Stewart and Busta Rhymes. They may not have been a couple in real life, but that doesn’t mean we ever have to stop praying for them to reunite in some way – perhaps on her dinner party show with Snoop Dogg?

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