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Nina Terrero
August 24, 2014 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Katy Perry and rapper Riff Raff attended the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards dressed in outfits that Katy said were a tribute to the coordinated-denim bonanza Britney Spears and then-boyfriend Justin Timberlake wore to the 2001 American Music Awards.

In an ode to one of pop culture’s favorite former couples (admit it: you were rooting for them to last 4-eva), the “This Is How We Do” partners wore custom-made Versace denim looks. But Perry didn’t sport a head-to-toe homage to the platinum pop queen: She wore her own hair black and Bettie Page-style, with a nose ring and silver choker. (And for the record, Riff Raff–in a studded blazer and ripped jeans–showed more cleavage than JT ever did.)

Either way, there are probably worse ways for the pair to promote “This Is How We Do,’ which hits iTunes on Aug. 25.

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