MTV is hosting an awards show to honor something called a "music video" ... something that hasn't been seen on MTV in years.
Still, the stars need an excuse to get together and wear crazy outfits ... and TMZ has the photos of all the insanity that went down outside the event.
2012 MTV VMAs
Good, Bad and the Ugly
9/6/2012 4:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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