The AMAs Bring Out Music’s Fashionable Side

While the movie industry has veered towards ballroom glamour on the red carpet, music's stars have stepped up their style game of late, and the AMAs was a perfect example of fashion's new front line.

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While the movie industry has veered towards ballroom glamour on the red carpet, music's stars have stepped up their style game of late, and the AMAs was a perfect example of fashion's new front line. The queen of the evening, of course, was Rihanna, whose high-fashion wear has earned her high marks throughout the past year, and last night, she went for all-out red in this Elie Saab couture gown.
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Ke$ha has become a kind of counter-point to glamazons like Beyonce and Rihanna by cultivating a trashy brand of glamour, which was on full display with this slick black dress, black lips, and punky 'do.
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Miley Cyrus -- who is sometimes critiqued for going too "sexy" with her looks -- went for a sweeter brand of style last night. She opted for a pale Marchesa minidress with a massive bow and gossamer-thin train.
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Nicki Minaj cultivated her inner Gaga with this avant-garde, skeletal dress by Manish Arora, that she told MTV was "the epitome of Pink Friday" (her new album).
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Taylor Swift shed her typical strapless-gown-and-flowing-locks look for a (dare we say Avril Lavigne-like?) new look: stick-straight hair and a sexy silver dress.
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Fergie showed off her signature gams in this moody midnight blue-and-black minidress, topped with some decadent black feathers.
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Even Mandy Moore, who typically goes for a less flashy brand of red carpet style, opted for a glittering Matthew Williamson mini.
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10-year-old Willow Smith (and budding fashion icon), followed the lead of stars like Nicki Minaj in choosing an outfit that looked like more of an art project than an ensemble: The bright yellow belted sleeve was unmissable on the carpet.
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The usually over-the-top Katy Perry, on the other hand, opted for a sweeter brand of upscale with this embellished pale pink strapless sheath.
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Supermodel Heidi Klum followed the lace trend for the evening with this stunning, transparent black lace gown.
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Christina Milian also opted for a minidress -- though, in this case, the too-short dress (with a dash of sheer) seemed a bit much.
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While Whitney Port's musical affiliation might be questionable (granted, she's an MTV-affiliated celebrity), her eye-catching Rafael Cennamo dress certainly put her on the best-dressed list for the evening.
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A pregnant Pink went a bit more low-key -- wearing a long, elegant black dress.
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