Before her break out role in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and well-before Empire, Taraji P. Henson attended the 2002 BET Awards in a cropped leather top, pink lace-up pants and matching pink sunglasses.
All matching with crop tops, bedazzled denim, and head scarves, girl group Blaqué's 2001 red carpet looks were some of the best that the red carpet has seen.
While the early '00s were the epitome of girl groups, their coordinated looks were almost just as exciting as their music. At the 2002 BET Awards, girl group 3LW matched in neutral tones, animals prints and exposed midriffs.
Tracee Ellis Ross made her first (of many) appearances at the 2004 BET Awards, where she would later go on to co-host twice, in the most 2000's-esque one-piece purple satin ensemble.
The ensemble Mýa wore to the 2003 BET Awards, has become a time capsule of one of the best trends to live on from the early 2000s, and we're not complaining.
Couple dressing was hardly unfamiliar on the BET Award red carpet, but Kenny Lattimore and wife Chante Moore, are a snapshot of classic early 2000s fashion. From the fedoras and fringe belts, to the boot cut denim jeans and open toe wedges, these nailed the 2002 red carpet.
Not only in a quintessential early 2000s cropped shirt, belly chain and low-rise skirt, Janet Jackson received a standing ovation when she (and her rock-hard abs) took the stage to present the 2002 BET Award for Video of the Year to Busta Rhymes feat. P. Diddy and Pharrell for “Pass the Courvoisier, Part II.”
The 2000s queen of Hip Hop and R&B, Mary J. Blige rocked the 2001 BET Awards red carpet wearing a distressed denim dress and a low-hanging belt.
After their hit song "Let Me Blow Your Mind" topped the charts, Gwen Stefani and Eve nailed the 2001 BET Awards red carpet. With Stefani sporting red fishnet tights and a tuxedo, with a bow tie bra rather than a shirt, Eve's fire-inspired asymmetrical dress capped off their iconic early 2000s style.
The most iconic girl band of the early 2000s, Destiny's Child gave the 2005 red carpet their best Charlie's Angels impression, wearing matching lilac dresses, each more early naughties-esque than the other.
Let's be honest, no one can do Lil' Kim better than Lil' Kim. Perhaps taking inspiration from Jennifer Lopez's legendary 1999 green Versace dress, she certainly made her presence known as she walked the 2003 red carpet as a nominee for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist.
Both nominated at the 2002 BET Awards, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith matching red carpet couple outfit perfectly epitomised smart casual.