Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Gwen Stefani and boy band sensation 5 Seconds of Summer (cue ear-shattering screams) led the early arrivals at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, which is being held at Los Angeles's Great Western Forum tonight with performances from Minaj, Grande, Jessie J, Usher, 5 Seconds of Summer, Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora, and Sam Smith.

Check out all the glamorous photos below, including a shot of Amber Rose wearing a version of Rose McGowan's dress from 1998. Nice try, Amber.

A former contributor to sites including MTV's The Backlot and Bloody-Disgusting, Chris Eggertsen worked in film development before indulging his love of pop culture writing full time. He specializes in horror, the intersection of social issues and entertainment and Howard Stern. He's on Twitter @HitFixChris.