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Here's What The American Music Awards Red Carpet Looked Like In 1998

Tailored suits weren't the AMAs red carpet staple they are now.
10/09/2018 02:42pm ET | Updated October 10, 2018
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Clockwise from left: Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige and Boyz II Men at the 1998 American Music Awards. 

It’s time for a trip down memory lane, all the way back to the 1998 American Music Awards.

That was truly the year of the Spice Girls. Though the British girl group wasn’t present at the show to accept their awards (or slay the red carpet), they won in three categories: favorite pop/rock band/duo/group, favorite pop/rock album and favorite pop/rock new artist. Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Erykah Badu and Mary J. Blige were among the night’s winners. Girl power, indeed.

But let’s talk about the fashion. In 1998, the red carpet was obviously oh-so-’90s, featuring too-large suits ― yes, we’re talking about The Backstreet Boys ― coordinating ensembles, a la Shaquille O’Neal and Ice Cube, and a whole lot of simple column dresses.

This year’s award show will air Tuesday night ― with the fashionable Tracee Ellis Ross acting as host ― but before we get to see who rules the red carpet, take a look back at some of the best style moments from the 1998 show:

Bryan White and Jennifer Love Hewitt
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Sisqo and Dru Hill
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Mariah Carey
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Cybill Shepherd
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Reba McEntire
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Daisy Fuentes
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LeAnne Rimes and George Strait
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Drew Carey
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Clint Black with wife Lisa Hartman Black
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The Backstreet Boys
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Method Man
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Ice Cube and Shaquille O'Neal
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Aaron Neville
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Mary J. Blige
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Jewel
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Eykah Badu
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Faith Hill and Tim McGraw
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Boyz II Men
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Matchbox 20
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Abra Moore
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Julio Iglesias
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Paula Abdul
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CORRECTION: A previous version of this story featured a photo that was incorrectly labeled as Michael McCary.

The 2017 American Music Awards Red Carpet
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