If there's one sure-fire way to make you feel old in this world, this is it: Watch MTV's Video Music Awards. Between the fact that we still can't figure out why Pearl Jam's Jeremy isn't up for nomination and we don't believe we've seen 90% of these "stars" before, this one knocked our self-esteem down a notch real fast.

On the flip side: Just a cursory glance at most of these looks from last night will make you feel pretty good about your fashion sense.

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