This Is What The VMA Red Carpet Looked Like In 2005

chrissy mahlmeister, MTV.com
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As the Video Music Awards creep closer (next Sunday!!!), we can’t stop reminiscing about all the killer outfits from year’s past. I mean, some on-point ensembles definitely made an appearance at the 1995 VMAs, but dudes, we HAVE to look at what was happening 10 years ago. The 2005 show was in Miami, which meant a whole lotta beachy ensembs made their way down the white (how appropriate!) carpet. Considering P. Diddy was also the host for the evening, it was a memorable year to say the least, but hey, who else is dyin’ to look at some mid-2000s ensembles? Let’s do thisss.

 

Kanye West

Kanye West (center) during 2005 MTV Video Music Awards - White Carpet at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida, United States. (Photo by Jason Squires/WireImage)

Kanye obviously took a cue from Miami Vice by opting for a white suit jacket paired with a purple silk shirt (!!!), gray trousers and white loafers. This year he won Best Male Video for “Jesus Walks,” and TBH, here it looks like he already knew it.

Lil’ Kim

MIAMI - AUGUST 28: Lil Kim arrives at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards at the American Airlines Arena August 28, 2005 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)

Even though Lil’ Kim had one of the most, um, memorable VMA outfits of all time, she decided to keep it simple at the 2005 VMAs by opting for a mauve wrap dress with metallic heels and handbag. Also, awww, remember chunky highlights?

Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey

MIAMI - AUGUST 28: Singers Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey arrive at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards at the American Airlines Arena on August 28, 2005 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)

Nick and Jessica’s “Newlyweds” show (on MTV, duh) had just wrapped its third season earlier that year, but we STILL couldn’t get enough these two in the mid-2000s. I mean, just look at them: Jessica even matched her sheer ruffled top and skirt to Nick’s all-black ensemble.

Destiny’s Child

MIAMI - AUGUST 28: (L to R) Michelle Williams, Kelly Rowland and Beyonce Knowles of Destiny's Child arrive at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards at the American Airlines Arena on August 28, 2005 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)

By 2005, Beyonce, Kelly and Michelle were no longer wearing their perfectly-matching group ensembles and instead opted for an understated coordinated look: three gorge gowns with tons of sparkle.

Rihanna

MIAMI - AUGUST 28: MTV Puerto Rico VJ Rihanna arrives at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards at the American Airlines Arena on August 28, 2005 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)

At Rihanna’s first VMAs (!!!), she wore a super low-key sequin vest, tank, white jeans ensemble with her signature body chain. Awww, 17-year-old RiRi. :’)

Hilary Duff

MIAMI - AUGUST 28: Actress Hilary Duff arrives at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards at the American Airlines Arena on August 28, 2005 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)

Hilary Duff definitely channeled a high-fashion flapper with her sequin and fringe frock, and TBH, we could totally see someone sporting this today.

Shakira

Shakira during 2005 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida, United States. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/FilmMagic)

Remember when dresses over pants were a thing? No? Let Shakira remind you with her green and black VMAs outfit.

Kristin Cavallari

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When K Cav was still just a high schooler in Laguna Beach, she was already effortlessly nailing red carpets in killer body-con gowns.

Lindsay Lohan

MIAMI - AUGUST 28: Actress Lindsay Lohan arrives at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards at the American Airlines Arena on August 28, 2005 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)

Lindsay opted for a throwback leopard off-the-shoulder dress, which matched perfectly with her sandy blonde waves.

Bow Wow and Ciara

Bow Wow and Ciara (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/FilmMagic)

In case you forgot, Bow Wow and Ciara totally dated in the mid-2000s. Ciara sported a black mini dress with metallic boots while Bow Wow wore a matching red velour number.

Alicia Keys

MIAMI - AUGUST 28: Singer Alicia Keys arrives at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards at the American Airlines Arena August 28, 2005 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Getty Images)

Alicia Keys mastered the low-key-yet-still-red-carpet-ready look in a ruched beige gown paired with a layered necklace.

Gwen Stefani

MIAMI - AUGUST 28: Gwen Stefani arrives at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards at the American Airlines Arena on August 28, 2005 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)

Like Lindsay, Gwen also went the retro route in a leopard halter frock with her signature red lip and pointy pumps. ME-OW.

Kelly Clarkson

MIAMI - AUGUST 28: Kelly Clarkson arrives at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards at the American Airlines Arena on August 28, 2005 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)

We hate to pick favorites, but Kelly SERIOUSLY killed it in her fitted gold gown at the 2005 VMAs. Like, this is perfection, people.

Paris Hilton

MIAMI - AUGUST 28: Paris Hilton poses in the press room during the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards at the American Airlines Arena on August 28, 2005 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)

Paris took tie dye to the next level in her embellished gown and updo. Weerkkkk.

Kirsten Dunst and Orlando Bloom

MIAMI - AUGUST 28: Kirsten Dunst and Orlando Bloom pose in the press room during the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards at the American Airlines Arena on August 28, 2005 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)

Wowowow, remember the most 2000s couple of all time Kirsten Dunst and Orlando Bloom? These bbs coordinated in chic, dark ensembles–and even matching wavy bobs. That’s love, y’all.

P. Diddy

MIAMI - AUGUST 28: Rapper Diddy poses in the press room during the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards at the American Airlines Arena on August 28, 2005 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)

Of course we had to include the host of the show in his “God Is The Greatest” tee and wide-leg jeans ensemble. Someone’s havin’ a blast.

Green Day

MIAMI - AUGUST 28: (L-R) Musicians Mike Dirnt, Billie Joe Armstrong and Tre Cool of Green Day arrive at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards at the American Airlines Arena on August 28, 2005 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)

Green Day won a bajillion awards in 2005–even the most coveted Video of the Year for “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”–and honestly, we gotta give it up to them for always keeping their skinny-jeans-and-creepers look on lock throughout the years.

R. Kelly

MIAMI - AUGUST 28: Singer R. Kelly arrives at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards at the American Airlines Arena on August 28, 2005 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)

R. Kelly sported a “I’m Rick James B—h” tee under his suit, and he REALLY wanted everyone to know about it.

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg (Photo by Jason Squires/WireImage)

Obviously we couldn’t pass up this photo of Snoop Dogg in an all white suit with paisley detail because, hi, it’s amazing. (You’re welcome.)