Rita Ora at this year's MTV Video Music Awards. (Picture: Reuters)

Rita went braless under the dress but the strategically placed embroidery on the outfit preserved her modesty at the awards ceremony at Radio City Music Hall on Monday (20.08.18). 

Her black underwear was clearly visible underneath the see-through dress, which she wore with a matching chunky choker, black stilettos and a selection of onyx rings

Rita opted for dramatic eye liner to match the pattern on her gown and wore her hair slicked back from her face.

Rita Ora at this year's MTV Video Music Awards. (Picture: Reuters)

During the ceremony, Rita paid tribute to the late DJ Avicii.

Stepping up on stage to introduce Maluma's performance, the 27-year-old singer revealed their 'Lonely Together' collaboration had won the best dance prize.

Speaking about the DJ - who died by suicide in April at the age of 28 - she said: "I wanna take a minute to say, I just found out that Avicii and I won Best Dance, so let's make some noise for Avicii right now. An amazing talent."

Following the Swedish musician's death almost four months ago, Ora took to Twitter to share her condolences to his family and friends, and said she was "heartbroken" by the tragic news.

She wrote: "I have no words. I remember how amazing it was to make 'Lonely Together' and it felt like just yesterday we were talking.

"Condolences to Avicii's family, friends, and the fans who supported him. May he rest in peace. Heartbroken."

The two stars were close friends, and Ora opened up about how he "changed her life" during an emotional performance in the Netherlands just a week after his death.

She said: "It's gonna be hard for me to sing this next song and I'll tell you why. I collaborated with someone who changed my life and he was a really good friend of mine. I heard some DJs playing some of his music earlier, and I haven't sang his song that we did together ever since he passed away, until today. It's going to be very hard for me to sing this next song.

"I'm obviously talking about the incredible Avicii. We collaborated on the last song that he released together, and so it's going to be very tough for me to sing this next one. One of my dearest friends."