If you thought the Billboard Music Awards was only about music, think again. Since it debuted in 1990, the most popular artists in pop, rap, and country music have made a statement — some bolder than others — with iconic naked dresses, thigh-high slits, and skintight jumpsuits. Some are good. Some are bad. Some are, well, interrrrresting. And if we're lucky, a few looks from , which airs on NBC on Wednesday, May 1 at 8 p.m., might end up on this list.
Well before her This Is Us fame, the budding pop singer walked down the red carpet at the Billboard Music Awards in an eye-catching plaid skirt and sweater set. In in 2017, the actress joked that her outfit "looked like a tablecloth." We get it.
Because you can't win an award without a feather hat ... at least according to this pop queen. Britney's pink and orange outfit had everyone talking during the 2000 Billboard Music Awards — and we can totally see why.
Leave it Jessica Simpson to turn a basic LBD into a dress to remember with pink feather sleeves. Even two decades later, the singer loves this look: "I got worst dressed that year but I still stand by my decision," she wrote on .
Pink clearly had money on her mind during the 2000 awards. And we guess it worked because she ended up winning three times that night.
Before Gwen Stefani became a "Hollaback Girl," she sported this edgy ensemble with her band, No Doubt.
In 1990, Janet Jackson swept the first-ever Billboard Music Awards, winning a total of 8 (yes, 8!) awards. Eleven years later, she showed up in a dangerously low silk skirt to take home the "Artist Achievement" award.
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The "My Heart Will Go On" singer left little to the imagination in this cream and crystal gown. And her hair? WOW.
New to the music scene, Rihanna showed up at the 2006 Billboard Music Awards in a white mini dress and shiny locks. Never one to disappoint, RiRi looked amazing.
The model turned cookbook author hosted the show with Ludacris in this '70s-inspired jumpsuit.
She's just being Miley! The pop singer donned a white suit-inspired minidress, dainty jewels, and voluminous hair that would make Dolly Parton proud.
Before taking home an award for her hit song "Superbass," the pretty in pink rapper showed off her colorful mane and glitzy jumpsuit.
Yep, this music icon wore a leotard, fishnets, and stilettos to the 2013 Billboard Music Awards. Because she is Madonna, and she can do what she wants.
A young Selena Gomez stayed true to her Disney roots with a Zenon-inspired Versace gown. But it definitely wasn't Disney-friendly with that slit!
Now that's how you make an entrance: On the heels of her chart-topping hit, "Call Me Maybe," Carly Rae Jepsen rocked the red carpet in a Dyanthe dress.
Is there anything she can't do? Jennifer Lopez was twinning with the red carpet in this curve-accentuating Donna Karan beauty.
The rapper went for a semi-demure look in a LBD with cutouts galore.
The diva has arrived, and we mean that in the best way possible. Mariah Carey stunned on the 2015 red carpet in a plunging Tom Ford dress and a trusty pair of sunglasses.
Before giving an emotional tribute to the late singer Selena, J. Lo looked breathtaking in a sheer, beaded gown.
Britney's back. The pop icon donned a Reem Acra black lace number, complete with knee-high fishnet heels.
When taking home the "Millennium Award," Britney changed into a sheer, skintight two-piece.
Ariana Grande worked the red carpet in a low-cut geometric gown — a "Dangerous Woman" indeed.
Because 2016 was the year of the pantsuit. Demi Lovato opted for a Chanel suit instead of her tried-and-true bodycon dress like years past.
Weeks before her wedding to Russell Wilson, the R&B singer showed off her trim physique in a metallic silver dress.
This peachy keen Calvin Klein set matched Zendaya's youthful glow.
When honoring her mom Diana Ross, the actress pulled out all the stops with this belted leather jumpsuit.
She's definitely evolved from her Destiny's Child days. Beyonce's bestie showed up to the 2016 show in a naked-ish Labourjoisie gown.
If you're hosting the show, you might as well show off your hard work — in Vanessa Hudgens' case, that means her abs.
Celine Dion is forever the queen of the Billboard Music Awards — and of music itself. This over-the-top Stéphane Rolland gown was fit for the queen.
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Former child star Alyson Stoner walked the red carpet in a risqué pantsuit.
Ciara's sheer dress was a total knockout on the red carpet.
Never one to shy away from a sexy red carpet look, the star rocked a Roberto Cavalli velvet-and-leather outfit and Casadei boots.