When we’re in the middle of awards season, it’s easy to take all the red carpet looks for granted. The past few months have been a red carpet look drought, luckily, the VMAs are here to step it up for us and deliver some of the freshest looks from hottest rising talent.

While we patiently waited for Miley Cyrus’ surprise VMA performance post-split from husband of one year, Liam Hemsworth, we admired all the gorgeous looks the stars delivered.