After Beyoncé announced her first pregnancy at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, we can’t help but tune in every year—if not for the public Bey announcements then for the outlandishly glamorous (and sometimes gone-wrong) hairstyles sported by celebs. For a refresher of the singers who got their coiffure right over the years, we’re rounding up the best VMA hairstyles of all time (you better believe that includes Gwen Stefani’s aqua-blue textured space buns). Keep scrolling for our idea of award-winning hair, and tune in to the VMAs this Sunday to see all of the mane moments!
Mariah Carey, 1991
The R&B babe rocked decade-defining ringlets that give us major curly bangs envy ’til this day.
Gwen Stefani, 1999
Gwen took space mermaid to whole other level with a wet textured look in an aqua-blue hue.
The No Scrubs squad served moon man-worthy hair and lyrics that year.
Eve brought her A-game when she owned blunt bangs and a lychee-colored bob.
Taylor Swift, 2012
Swifty blew us away when she suited up in a girl-boss blazer and sleek bangs to match.
From pixie to snatched ponytail to slicked back, RiRi continues to raise the standards for her VMAs mane. Click here for a taste of what it’s like to be Rihanna’s hairstylist the night of the VMAs.
Ciara’s bronze glow and touch of hazelnut-bronde (combination of blonde and brunette) are a combination that never go out of style.
Karlie Kloss, 2015
Loose curls gave catwalk cutie Karlie Kloss a chill vibe.
Braided up and slicked back, Beyonce’s twisted ponytail perfectly with her decadent ear bling. For the how-to straight from her hairstylist Kim Kimble, read this.
Our favorite VMA hairstyles from last year, right this way.