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MTV VMAs style transformations: Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and more

The MTV Video Music Awards night is important for any big name in the music industry, and it has been since 1984. Naturally, it's a defining fashion moment for celebrities, too.

Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Madonna and even Michael Jackson have undergone serious style transformations over the years. Their fashion choices seemed to evolve with their ever-changing hit genres.

Take a look back before this year's award show, which brings Rihanna, Britney Spears and other performers to Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016.

Madonna

Ever since her 1984 performance in
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Ever since her 1984 performance in "Like a Virgin," and then her 2003 kiss with Britney Spears, Madonna's name has been synonymous with the VMAs. Her looks, like the "Virgin" wedding dress, are known to shock fans.

What changed: A white corset wedding dress probably isn't one of Madonna's future VMA clothing options. (Or is it?)

What hasn't: Madonna rocks the all-black-everything look today as well as she did 13 years ago.

Pictured: From left, Madonna's dress from her performance of "Like a Virgin" at the 1984 MTV Video Music Awards, and the singer at the 2003 and 2009 award shows.

Britney Spears

At her first VMAs in 1999, Britney Spears
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At her first VMAs in 1999, Britney Spears wore a really hip (for its time) two-piece outfit with a matching choker. She went dress shopping with MTV News and deemed herself the VMA pop princess. After her white skirt and corset combo in 2003, Spears stepped out in a few outfits that drew concerns from fans and critics.

What changed: She dropped the lace for bralettes (albeit mostly on the tighter side), which are now the pop princess' favorite.

What hasn't: Spears has consistently chosen outfits that show off her toned belly for VMA appearances.

Pictured: Spears, from left, at the 2001, 2003, 2007 and 2015 MTV Video Music Awards.

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson's VMAs roots run deep. At the
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Michael Jackson's VMAs roots run deep. At the 1988 VMAs, the King of Pop accepted the first Video Vanguard Award while rocking a black leather suit covered in white accents.

What changed: Not much. Jackson as an artist evolved over the years, but he never failed to step out in a legendary blazer.

What didn't: Jackson's influential fashion choices live on through today's top artists, like Rihanna and Kanye West. And who could forget Beyonce's homage to the King of Pop at this year's Super Bowl, where she sported a military-style jacket just like Jackson's outfit from his 1993 halftime show.

Pictured: Jackson, from left, at the 1995, 2002 and 2006 MTV Video Music Awards.

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez's evolution is incredibly relatable. Didn't everyone
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Jennifer Lopez's evolution is incredibly relatable. Didn't everyone go through the dangling earrings and cheetah print phase?

What changed: J. Lo really liked her headpieces, until 2009 when she went for the more skin-baring strap look that she still rocks today.

What hasn't: No matter what she wears, Lopez never fails to look fierce.

Pictured: Lopez, from left, at the 2001, 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.

Beyonce

Beyonce has a long history with the VMAs.
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Beyonce has a long history with the VMAs. Her first appearance was in 2000 when she was still a member of Destiny's Child. A lot has changed for Beyonce during the past 16 years, including a solo career, a marriage to Jay Z and becoming a mom.

What changed: Queen Bey dropped the drama for a more classic look when she was pregnant with Blue Ivy in 2012. We're not expecting her 2004 curls to make an immediate comeback.

What hasn't: Her style of dresses may have changed, but the colors of them haven't. She's rocked shades of orange, black, red and brown at most of her appearances.

Pictured: Beyonce at the 2001, 2004, 2011 and 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.

Rihanna

Rihanna was just 17 years old when she
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Rihanna was just 17 years old when she attended her first VMAs. A teenage Rihanna was a big fan of glitter and short cover-ups. As if her 2005 look needed more shimmer, she topped it off with a gold body chain.

What changed: Rihanna traded in vibrant colors and daring fashion choices for a more glamorous, natural look.

What hasn't: The singer has been keeping the bling to a minimum (after 2005) and lets her outfits draw heads.

Pictured: Rihanna, from left, at the 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift's VMAs style transformation is as drastic
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Taylor Swift's VMAs style transformation is as drastic as her career evolution. The former country-pop artist wore a pink, glittering dress at her first appearance in 2008, back when she wouldn't be seen without her hair in curls. Swift looked "innocent" at her 2009 appearance -- at least according to her 2010 hit song about the infamous "Imma let you finish" ordeal with Kanye West.

What changed: The hair. The makeup. The midriff. Her curly hair went straight and her covered-up looks lost some fabric.

What hasn't: Her clear love of extra shimmer.

Pictured: Swift, from left, at the 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014 and 2015 MTV Video Music Awards.

Justin Bieber

An eager Bieber accepted his first Video Music
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An eager Bieber accepted his first Video Music Award for best new artist in 2010, wearing the coolest dark shades, a leather vest and chain-lined pants.

What changed: Justin Bieber probably wouldn't be caught at the 2016 VMAs wearing a windbreaker. (Nor would he be spotted throwing up the peace sign).

What hasn't: Bieber's dark denim and jacket combo stuck around longer than his classic haircut did -- although he'll most likely be wearing an extra long colored tee at this year's show.

Pictured: Bieber, from left, at the 2009, 2010 and 2015 MTV Video Music Awards.

Nicki Minaj

When Nicki Minaj made her VMAs debut in
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When Nicki Minaj made her VMAs debut in 2010, the rapper grabbed everyone's attention with her pink hair. By 2012, she was known for her statement-making outfits. Over the years her style choices became a bit more subtle, but daring accents remained.

What changed: The singer swapped her colored hairpieces and bodysuits for a more natural feel at the 2014 VMAs and never looked back.

What hasn't: Sheer and striking patterns.

Pictured: Minaj, from left, at the 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015 MTV Video Music Awards.

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