Some of the hits and misses during the celebrities' arrivals:
Whitney Port is wearing a sexy black dress by Christopher Kane with a bustier top, Fred Leighton jewelry and black Alberta Ferretti booties.
Taylor Swift in a Kaufman Franco dress accented by Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.
Stephanie Pratt arrived on the red carpet looking slim and shimmery. Her sequined double-strap minidress is very '20s while her platform bow wedges are super modern.
Solange Knowles wore an Armand Basi One LBD and an embellished clutch.
Who wore it better? Pink and Shakira showed up at the VMAs wearing the same Balmain studded leather dress.
Nicky Hilton wearing a zippered leather LBD Elise Øverland . To amp it up, she accessorized with studded Christian Louboutin peep-toe pumps, a black clutch, and a few jewels.
Nelly Furtado wore a black Elie Saab embellished dress and black platform heels.
Miranda Cosgrove shinned with her super cute sparkly Julia Clancey silver dress
Madonna looked sophisticated in a black belted dress, matching boots, and bouffant.
Leighton Meester was wearing a a glittering silver Christian Cota minidress, Bottega Veneta clutch, Giuseppe Zanotti sandals and Cathy Waterman jewelry.
Lauren Bosworth looks older wearing this printed mini dress
Lady Gaga stole the style show with her Victorian "Phantom of the Opera" sheer black lace frock by Jean Paul Gaultier” who is the the man who made Material girl Madonna’s famous cone bra. Gaga’s gilded neck ornament, was designed by Kiko.
Kristin Cavallari popped a pose in a short sparkly number and yummy Yves St. Laurent platform heels.The new Hills vixen sets off her California tan with a shimmering, silver sequin tube dress, Sutra earrings and a sleek ponytail.
Katy Perry followed the night's silver trend, in her sparkling The Blonds mini dress paired with JudeFrances hoops.
Jennifer Lopez in her cut-out pink mini Louis Vuitton dress, Lorraine Schwartz black diamonds, lace Christian Louboutin booties and Ferragamo clutch fit the bill.
Cassie wore a silk printed mini dress and metallic peep-toe booties.
Beyonce wore a fitted, flirty mini dress from Roberto Cavalli
Ashley Greene was seen wearing in a retro look of a Dolce & Gabbana gold skirt and peplum top, Bulgari necklace, a House of Lavande ring, Rebecca Minkoff clutch and Jimmy Choo sandals.
Amber Rose came as a snake looked simply silly in a skintight snake-print jumpsuit.
Amanda Bynes sporting her trademark snooze-inducing Herve Leger bandage dress.