2008 MTV Video Music Awards Red Carpet Arrivals (Sorry)

When I was a kid, the Video Music Awards was the most exciting night in modern rock. You never knew which member of Nirvana was gonna get hit in the head with a bass. It was crazy. That was a long time ago, though, back when Arsenio Hall was considered cutting edge and the Real World cast wasn’t drunk. This year Arsenio Hall isn’t even invited! I digress. Mad Men’s not on for a few hours, so let’s watch this year’s ceremony together. Britney is opening and Kanye is closing (“Love Lockdown”?) and in between, so much sexually charged, self-deprecating humour from Russell Brand awaits. After the jump, an almost-live feed of red carpet arrival photos so you can see what everyone is wearing (“everyone” = actors from The Hills). T-Pain’s elephant has some serious bling.

LIL WAYNE

KATY PERRY

KID ROCK

PETE WENTZ

LINDSAY LOHAN

CHRISTINA AGUILERA

MICHAEL PHELPS

JONAS BROTHERS

ASHLEE SIMPSON

MCLOVIN

ASHLEY TISDALE

AKON

T.I.

DJ AM & TRAVIS BARKER

RIHANNA

CEE-LO

CHRIS BROWN

TILA TEQUILA

JONATHAN DAVIS

PEREZ HILTON

SUMNER REDSTONE!

T-PAIN

LUPE FIASCO

PLAIN WHITE T’S

TOKIO HOTEL

STEPHANIE PRATT

NE-YO

AUDRINA PARTRIDGE

LAUREN CONRAD

TAYLOR SWIFT

T-PAIN

[Photos by Frederick M. Brown/Getty.]