Revisit Katy Perry's VMA Evolution: From Gold Grills to Full-Body Denim

And so many textures.

As a veritable style chameleon (at an awards show where anything goes), Katy Perry has done it all for the VMAs: Sock-hop getups, golden grills, and an homage to Britney Spears in all-denim. Ahead of her hosting gig this Sunday, relive all her best stage and red carpet looks ahead.

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2008

Vintage pin-up meeds Lady Liberty.

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2008

*Ahem* A not, not important angle of the 2008 VMAs (before all the "bad blood" began). 

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2008 (MTV Europe Music Awards)

Quite literally hot and cold.

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2008 (MTV Europe Music Awards)

Angry Birds, but make it fashion. 

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2008 (MTV Europe Music Awards)

Stanning for the Dems even back in 2008. 

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2009

The most tinsel-y of red carpet dresses. 

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2009 (MTV Europe Music Awards)

Rei Kawakubo, eat your heart out. 

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2009 (MTV Europe Music Awards)

Gundam style. 

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2009 (MTV Video Music Awards in Japan)

*extremely Katy Perry voice* "I wanna see your peacock." 

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2010

Only thing missing are the ice skates. 

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2010 (MTV Europe Music Awards)

Flintstones construction meets Jeremy Scott. 

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2011

Asian homage the Katy Perry way with a retro "pink lady" wig and a vibrant cheongsam. We could call it a prelude to the geisha performance at the AMAs that made critics cry "racial appropriation" (eek).

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2011

A walking work of modern art.

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2011 (European Video Music Awards)

Our invitation to the sock hop party must have been lost in the mail... 

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2011

Another form of outfit as self-promotion.

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2012

A very tame impression of the naked dress

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2013

Blink and you might miss the gold grill to match this Kitty Purry get-up.

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2015

Riff Raff and Katy Perry's brilliant #throwback to Justin and Britney's matching denim outfits (R.I.P).

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2017

A live action version of the moon-man on the VMA award. 

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2017

Clean, understated, and quite a departure from the Katy Perry looks we've seen in years past. 

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2017

Another chic, subdued, but sparkly look for the singer. 

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2017

Shiny and maxi-length is Katy Perry's aesthetic for the night. 

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