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MTV 2007 VMA Red Carpet Photo Essay

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Sunday MTV had some pretty memorable Video Awards out in Las Vegas. Britney Spears allegedly made a fool of herself, Kid Rock allegedly clocked Tommy Lee in the face, and Kanye West got pissed that he was shut out of winning any awards and swore never to work with the music network again.

Before all of that took place, many of the musicians and stars walked past the gauntlet of press on the red carpet that wound its way through the casino floor of the Palms Casino.

After the jump check out a huge collection of photos and insights from being on the red carpet at the Most Infamous MTV VMAs Ever.

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Megan Fox was probably the hottest woman in the whole place. Which is saying something since there were actual beauty queens there.

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Everyone had an assistant or a bodyguard, but Cee-lo of Gnarls Barkley had a woman whose only job appeared to be to fan him.

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Mel B., aka Scary Spice was a little shorter than we imagined. Later we will have a full run down of people who also fit into that snug category.

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Chris Brown got a lot of love from the crowd behind us, later he did a halfway decent Michael Jackson impersonation, which would have been fine if Usher hadn't done a wholeway decent Michael Jackson impersonation just a few years ago.

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Miss Teen Universe, Miss Universe and Miss USA told LAist that when they come to LA they love to eat sushi. You heard it here first.

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There was a sorta funny red carpet malfunction about halfway through the deal.

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Who knew the Barkers were back together?

OK and now our collection of dudes who were shorter than we expected

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So many stars, many of whom we even knew. (And some we didnt. Maybe we are hipsters after all)

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Some stars like 50 Cent, Jennifer Garner, Paris Hilton, and others like Rihanna, shown here, sped past the press as fast as they could

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Some like NBA star Shawn Marion and Palms co-owner George Maloof, cruised the carpet with ease answering questions from any and all, even if they asked them how they thought they would be able to hold up against this new look Laker team.

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Here are some more people we dont know.

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Tila Tequila was by far the shortest person we met. She was also the nicest. Meanwhile, the LA Ink star Kat Von D won for the best use of leather on the carpet.

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Robin Thicke looks just like his dad and came off as a guy trying to pretend he's cool yet fails.

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After the show started the press met in the press room where the stars posed for pictures next to an MTV backdrop, and winners held their moon men.

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Akon was very gracious to everyone.

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Miss Teen South Carolina tried to be gracious to everyone but the photographers would say, "to your left, your left!" And then quickly say, "your other left" despite the fact that the poor girl was standing still.

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For some reason they didn't pull that crap with Common.

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When the girls of The Hills were announced, the photogs who had been casually sipping free drinks and putting together meals from the deli tray dropped everything and ran to their seats to snap hundreds of shots of the ladies. No one got more flashes popping than these young ladies from the alleged real OC.

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Some still weren't impressed.

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And even though it might not seem cool to admit to it,
we thought it was rad.

photos by Tony Pierce for LAist