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Lady Gaga’s most iconic VMAs fashion moments

Lady Gaga leads the 2020 VMAs nominations with nine nods, a number only matched by her “Rain On Me” collaborator Ariana Grande. The pair will team up for a performance of their hit song during the show on August 30 — and are guaranteed to serve up some major style moments as well.

Since making her VMAs debut back in 2009, Mother Monster has graced us with a series of unforgettable red carpet and on-stage fashions, from 2010’s infamous meat dress to 2013’s skin-baring seashell bikini. Here, take a look back at her wildest and most iconic VMAs outfits over the years.

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Gaga graced the VMAs red carpet for the very first time in 2009 — one year after the release of her debut album, “The Fame” — wearing a black lace Jean Paul Gaultier gown paired with a feathered Keko Hainswheeler neckpiece and “Phantom Of the Opera”-esque gold mask.

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Her “Poker Face”/”Paparazzi” mashup performance featured a belly-baring, bejeweled white lace costume and buckets of fake blood.

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But it was the red lace archival Alexander McQueen dress and matching crowned mask she wore to accept her Best New Artist award that really turned heads.

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Backstage, the pop star celebrated in another Gaultier look, this time a futuristic couture corseted bodysuit paired with glittering black boots.

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2010 was a big year for Gaga at the VMAs; she was up for a whopping 13 awards, and arrived on the red carpet looking like royalty in a voluminous Alexander McQueen gown, along with the designer’s towering “Armadillo” boots and a gold feathered Philip Treacy headdress.

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She accepted her Video of the Year award wearing a meat dress designed by Franc Fernandez that instantly went viral. Intended as a protest of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, the beefy creation’s since been displayed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland — after being preserved, of course.

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Meet Jo Calderone. In 2011, Gaga showed up and performed at the show in drag as her male alter ego, complete with sharp suiting and facial hair.

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Gaga’s look for the 2013 VMAs red carpet, a black satin Prabal Gurung gown with a tulle train, was a surprisingly subdued choice for the star.

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But she was back to her usual ways by the time she hit the stage, opening the show in a white nun-like look and pearls, her face framed by a blank canvas.

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Gaga then burst into “Applause,” baring it all in a teeny-tiny seashell bikini and a mermaid-worthy hair look.

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