This Is What The VMA Red Carpet Looked Like In 2010

Written by: erika harwood, MTV.com

2010 doesn’t seem like it was that long ago, but you’d be surprised at how different the VMA red (er, white) carpet looked back then. Jelena was only a budding item, Lady Gaga got on stage wearing meat, and the cast of “Jersey Shore” was still happily together. Check out what everyone wore (and did) five years ago on the carpet below!

Katy Perry

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Katy Perry attends the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre on September 12, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA.  (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)

Katy Perry hit the VMAs in one of her more subdued looks, wearing a nude dress with black beading and a white ruffle to make sure she was appropriately covered. It is unconfirmed whether Katy won the fight between her and the Moonman.

 

Deadmau5

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Deadmau5  arrives at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 12, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Deadmau5 appeared on the red carpet in his usual getup of an oversized mouse head and jeans and a T-shirt. The DJ served as the house artist for the show.

Jared Leto

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Singer Jared Leto of 30 Seconds to Mars arrives at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 12, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

It’s safe to say Jared Lato looked slightly different back in 2010 (for one, his hair wasn’t lime green). Still, he looked cool AF, as per usual. Some things never change.

Victoria Justice

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Actress Victoria Justice arrives at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 12, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

The then-“Victorious” star kept it simple in a strapless mini-dress and black heels.

Drake

Rapper Drake arrives at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 12, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.

While it may seem like Drake has been around 5ever, his first appearance at the VMAs was in 2010. He performed “Fancy” with Mary J. Blige and Swizz Beats.

Miranda Cosgrove

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Actress Miranda Cosgrove arrives at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 12, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Back in 2010 Miranda was still a bb on “iCarly.” For her first VMAs she wore a blue dress with sparkly lace.

Cast of “Jersey Shore”

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A lot has changed for the cast of “Jersey Shore” since 2010. Most of them have traded in their partying days for marriages and kids. But five years ago they were still the wild, GTL-loving reality stars we knew and loved.

Usher and Justin Bieber

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Usher and Justin Bieber attends the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 12, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Like Drake, 2010 was also the first VMAs for a very tiny Justin Bieber. He showed up on the white carpet with his mentor Usher and performed “Baby” and “Somebody to Love” while rolling up in a red convertible. He hast truly always been a man of style.

Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber

Singer Justin Bieber and actress Selena Gomez arrive at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 12, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.

While they weren’t dating quite yet Justin, and Selena Gomez hugged it out while on the carpet together. #Jelena4ever

Selena Gomez

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Selena Gomez attends the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre on September 12, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA.  (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)

While it may have been Justin’s big night, it might be safe to say that Selena outshone him (literally) on the carpet, wearing a metallic silver gown that was bejeweled at the top.

Joe Manganiello

Actor Joe Manganiello arrives at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 12, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.

Before “Magic Mike” (and “Magic Mike XXL”), Joe Maganiello was just a guy on the VMA white carpet in jeans and a leather jacket.

Kesha

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Ke$ha attends the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre on September 12, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA.  (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)

Back when Kesha still used beer as an adhesive for the glitter she covered herself in and used dollar signs in lieu of the letter “s,” she wore a fur collared dress to the VMAs and braided her blonde locks into Rapunzel hair.

Cher

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Cher poses in the press room during the MTV Video Music Awards at NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on September 12, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Never one to be outdone, Cher showed up to the awards in an ensemble that could give Lady Gaga a run for her money. The then-64 year old icon wore a sheer leotard and above-the-knee leather boots.

Justin Timberlake, Jesse Eisenberg, and Andrew Garfield

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Justin Timberlake, Jesse Eisenberg, and Andrew Garfield attend the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre on September 12, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA.  (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)

The boys from “The Social Network” showed up as a crew to introduce Drake, Mary J. Blige, and Swizz Beats.

Lady Gaga

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Singer Lady Gaga attends the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 12, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)

Lady Gaga definitely demanded attention with her first look of the night (yes, first) with her elaborate gown and feathered headpiece. For her dates, she brought discharged service men and women to bring awareness to the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy. But if that wasn’t enough to get people’s attention, what she wore next certainly did the trick.

Lady Gaga

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Lady Gaga poses in the press room at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre on September 13, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA.  (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)

Ah, the meat dress. Probably one of, if not the, most iconic looks in VMA history. The dress, which was made of actual meat, was to bring further attention to the issues of LGBTQ people in the military. Gaga said, “If we don’t stand up for what we believe in and if we don’t fight for our rights, pretty soon we’re going to have as much rights as the meat on our bones. And I am not a piece of meat.”