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Parting a sea of rockers, the First Lady of Outrageous – who's up for a record-breaking 13 awards – got the night off to an impressive start in a regal gown accented with a feathery Mohawk tracing her part. "This is Alexander McQueen, from his last collection," she says of the appropriately avant-garde look.
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"I feel like an ice skater!" the singer exclaimed of her white ruffle and black sequin Marchesa minidress. As for her Technicolor do, Perry said, "I put a rainbow My Little Pony in my hair." And she didn't stop there, flashing nails Brand-ed with her fiancé Russell's mug.
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The VMAs might be one of the industry's most of-the-moment awards shows, but don't tell that to Taylor, who goes old-Hollywood glam with structured waves and an equally gorgeous ivory DampG dress.
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She might not be a recording artist, but the reality star looks mega-platinum in her sequined Isaac Mizrahi minidress and blinged-out accessories, including Jacob amp Company jewelry, Balmain rhinestone sandals and Judith Leiber belts.
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The actress certainly stood her own in a black and white bow-tied Giambattista Valli mini with black lace bodice, but her stylish thoughts were with another of the night's stars, admitting on the red carpet, "Lady Gaga's incredible."
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Selena might be a popstar, but her look was heavy metal as she strolled the carpet in a floor-sweeping silver Reem Acra gown embellished with floral detailing at the bust and Baccarat jewelry.
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"I got the garbage bags from Home Depot and I kind of just put it together," the nominee says of getting crafty with her black plastic frock, which she accented with a trailing braid and can't miss-it jewelry including Charles Albert rings.
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Topping her red waves with a sparkling Jennifer Behr crystal headband, Rihanna keeps the rest of her look pure cream, including a tulle skirt and bustier along with jewels from Neil Lane.
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The face of Gucci Guilty fragrance wears a chocolate brown, graduated animal print gown by the fashion house and an Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry cuff to announce the director's cut world premiere of her debut commercial for the scent.
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The performer – and nominee – sets off her fiery hair and porcelain skin in a leg-baring midnight Miu Miu minidress strewn with floral appliqués.
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While some stars went edgy, the iCarly star did her part to keep the night elegant in a navy dress with beaded tiers by Elise Overland.
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Sheer lace and a fluttering of feathers by Givenchy Haute Couture play up the singer's feminine curves – a look she accents with ankle-wrap platforms and jewels.
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Giving added kick to her second-skin plum leather dress and Irit Design bracelet, the actress steps into emerald platforms and adds fuchsia lips.
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Rocking a licorice leather Emilio Pucci sheath and purple clutch, the Easy A star shows off her slender legs on the white carpet.
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Nothing says sexy like sequins, and the TV bombshell accentuates her curves in a sparkling Dolce amp Gabbana dress of paillettes, adding jeweled earrings and cuffs.
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Florence and the Machine's singer keeps the evening elegant in a gilded Givenchy Haute Couture gown with an edgy zipped detail running from neck to floor.
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