Atmosphere outside of the Barclays Center prior to the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for MTV)

It’s time once again for the greatest red carpet of all–no, not the Oscars, not the Met Gala, but the MTV Video Music Awards. And why is it the greatest? Because it replaces all the pomp and circumstance of those other red carpet spectacles with more shameless fameballing, astonishingly tacky minis, ridiculous costumes, novelty hats, ornamental canes and so forth–sometimes even capes! It’s the best of times, it is the worst of times.

This year, the ceremony’s in Brooklyn at the massive Barclay’s Center (above)–and the big draw is that almost-certainly-happening ‘NYSNC reunion. But even if they don’t break out the marionette strings, there will be plenty of other absurd outfits to enjoy.

We’ll be updating throughout the night as photos come in, so refresh early and refresh often. Tomorrow, we’ll round them up in (relatively) best and (definitively) worst lists.

 Television personality Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV)Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi 

Model Erin Wasson attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV)

Erin Wasson

 Carly Aquilino attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV)Carly Aquilino

Musician Katy Perry attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV)

Katy Perry (in Coco Rocha‘s dress from this year’s Met Gala?! Scandal!)

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She also wore a grill, which are apparently everywhere.

Coco Rocha attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV)Coco Rocha

2013 MTV Video Music Awards - Red CarpetRichard Simmons out of fucking no where!

 2 Chainz attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV)

2 Chainz

Musician Grimes attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV)

Grimes and 2 Chainz also wore the same pants.

TV personality Jenni 'JWoww' Farley attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV)

JWOWW

 Miriam Nervo (L) and Olivia Nervo attend the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV)

Nervo

Rita Ora attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV)Rita Ora

Ciara attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV)

Ciara

Shannon Bex, Andrea Fimbres, Aubrey O'Day and Dawn Richards of Danity Kane attend the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV)

Danity Kane…?

 Ellie Goulding attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV)

Ellie Goulding

  Miley Cyrus attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV)

Miley Cyrus

Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins and Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas of TLC attend the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV)

T-Boz and Chili!

 TV Personality Deena Cortese attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV)Deena Cortese

 Rapper Riff Raff attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV)

Riff Raff

  Wiz Khalifa attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV)Wiz Khalifa

Musician Lady Gaga attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV)Lady Gaga

Rocsi Diaz attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV)

Rocsi Diaz

Actor Darren Criss attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV)

Darren Criss

Machine Gun Kelly attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV)

Machine Gun Kelly

Holland Roden attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV)

Holland Roden

Willow Smith and Jaden Smith attend the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV) Willow and Jaden Smith

Actress Allison Williams attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV)

Allison Williams

 Jennifer Hudson attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV)

Jennifer Hudson

Selena Gomez attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV)

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV)

You did want a closeup of this awfulness, didn’t you?

Musician Taylor Swift attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV)

Taylor Swift… IN BLACK!

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Ashanti

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Iggy Azalea

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Jared Leto

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One Direction

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Jordin Sparks

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Adam Lambert

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Macklemore

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Ronnie Magro and Sammi Sweetheart

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Sarah Hyland

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