The Billboard Music Awards offer a fun red carpet opportunity: it's one of those situations to go big or go home, which is precisely what makes it so fascinating. Let's just say it's an interesting experience to look at the most egregiously early 2000s Billboard Music Awards dresses from back in the day.
Even as '90s trends continue to pop up on the runway and red carpet, it seems like 2000s trends are staying firmly where they belong, at least for now. It's probably something we should be grateful for — after all, it may not seem like long ago, but fashion sure has come a long way since then. Gone are the days of super shiny dresses, exaggerated ruching and ruffles, in-your-face spaghetti straps, and all the other inexplicably popular trends of the early 2000s — and thank goodness for that. Now, we can focus all our energies on questionably stylish athleisurewear and non-ironic fur accessories.
Jokes aside, the early 2000s were an especially, uh... interesting time for Billboard Music Awards — so, why not take a walk down memory lane, and take a look at some of the dresses of BMAs past?
1. Tara Reid, 2002
The dog tags and deconstructed chemise top are pretty bad, but luckily for her, the podium is covering up an asymmetrical metallic skirt and pink flowered sandals.
2. Ashanti, 2002
I didn't know Ashanti was one of of Tinkerbell's close personal friends.
3. Pink, 2003
Oh, Pink. I'm all for taking risks on the red carpet, but it would seem that the early 2000s marked a lot of flying too close to the sun for the "Raise Your Glass" singer.
4. Paris Hilton & Nicole Richie, 2003
Oh man, their coordinating white ensembles are priceless.
5. Mandy Moore, 2003
Anyone else really glad that particular neckline went out of style? And what was the deal with pastels mixed with black stripes back then?
6. Nicky Hilton, 2003
Your best friend's bat mitzvah, circa 2003.
7. Kelly Clarkson, 2003
Your best friend's sweet sixteen, circa 2003.
8. Fergie, 2003
Would you hate me if I said I actually kind of liked this look?
9. Nicole Richie, 2004
There's just something so 2000s about that neckline.
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10. Ashlee Simpson, 2004
11. Britney Spears, 2004
Those proportions are just... off.
12. Jennifer Morrison, 2005
Why oh why, Jennifer?
13. Mariah Carey, 2005
Ah, the ever-ubiquitous bandage dress.
14. Carmen Electra, 2005
Long live the clingy body con!
15. Emily Deschanel, 2005
Belt of doom.
16. Katharine McPhee, 2006
I'm glad McPhee has worked on her red carpet posing over the years.
17. Carrie Underwood, 2006
This might just be the most 2006 dress I've ever seen.
It's hard to pick a favorite look from this list. Pink circa 2003 certainly killed it, and I have to admit, I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for Mandy Moore. There's also a certain strange sense of familiarity in all of the jewel toned satin dresses that once ruled the red carpet — they're like early 2000s fashion dinosaurs. Every one of these outfits is an early '00s winner in my mind.