The MTV Video Music Awards took place but with the serious lack of presence you may have missed it. Seriously, was everyone else busy? For an evening that is theoretically dedicated to music videos, the final role call on the red carpet felt more like a two hour scroll through TikTok than it did actually a music video.

Perhaps we’re being too harsh. But when even Lil Nas X  – who won a handful of awards for his flawless “Industry Baby” with Jack Harlow – in full Cher-inspired fashion couldn’t even lift the evening out of the doldrums then you know that something’s amiss.

Given the nature of MTV Music Video Awards targeting a younger audience than, say, the Grammys or even the Billboards, you would think that the young men at the early stages of their game would be popping their best looks for the event paparazzi; experimenting some seriously key designers.

But when Jimmy Fallon turns up on stage wearing a camp collared shirt and somehow manages to show said younger men up, I have cause for concern. And I’m not saying Fallon actually looked good.

Rather, aside from perhaps two or three clear hits, this year’s best dressed men at the MTV Music Video Awards feels more liken the the best of a mid bunch…

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY – AUGUST 28: Lil Nas X attends the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards at Prudential Center on August 28, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

LIL NAS X

After disappearing off the internet for a few months, Lil Nas X has returned to take his rightful place as our best on ground for the MTV Video Music Awards. Outrageous? Yes. Over the top? Yes. Camp? Yes. Good for him.

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY – AUGUST 28: Snoop Dogg attends the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards at Prudential Center on August 28, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

SNOOP DOGG

Gimme a green leather tracksuit any day of the week. The 50-year-old Snoop Dogg looks nothing if not forever comfortable.

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY – AUGUST 28: (L-R) Anthony Kiedis, Flea, and Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers attend the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards at Prudential Center on August 28, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

RED HOT CHILLI PEPPERS

This is mostly all about Flea. Who is doing his best Evan Mock impression. Who was, in fact, doing his best Flea impression. A full circle moment for the culture.

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY – AUGUST 28: JID attends the 2022 MTV VMAs at Prudential Center on August 28, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

JID

A leaf out of the wardrobe of Yves Saint Laurent himself.

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY – AUGUST 28: Toosii attends the 2022 MTV VMAs at Prudential Center on August 28, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

TOOSII

Gimme a green crocodile leather suit any day of the week.

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY – AUGUST 28: Yung Gravy attends the 2022 MTV VMAs at Prudential Center on August 28, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

YUNG GRAVY

No, I’m not taking the piss. If you don’t immediately see the Rex Manning reference being delivered here, that’s your fault and I feel bad for you.

thoughts?