December 12, 2005 12:00 PM


Sure, seeing Lindsay Lohan and Hilary Duff sing on the same stage—okay, separately—at the American Music Awards Nov. 22 was fun. But lots of action took place off-camera. Backstage, Mariah Carey had to be sewn into her body-hugging, see-through, Swarovski crystal-studded gown two minutes before opening the show. And stylist Jessica Paster literally tore the dress off when Mariah left the stage so she could slip into a black number for her best female artist award. “It’ll be my mop,” Paster joked of the frayed frock. On the red carpet, rapper Bow Wow nixed rumors he’s engaged to R&B cutie Ciara—despite the shiny rock on her left ring finger. During a commercial break, Sheryl Crow and Lance Armstrong—she in black leather, he in black suede—cuddled, then hugged pals Tim McGraw and Faith Hill and giddily took snapshots with country stars Keith Urban and Sugarland. As for honoree Will Smith (with wife Jada Pinkett Smith), he admitted, “Just being out without the kids is a treat. [Otherwise] we’d be at Arby’s.”


Paris Hilton crossed paths with ex-fiancé Paris Latsis twice while AMA afterpartying with Stavros Niarchos. The first time, at the TEEN PEOPLE party at Element, was uneventful, though Hilton was overheard trash-talking Hilary Duff in the bathroom. But later, at the Musicians Rock the Soul party at Privilege, Latsis turned his back as Paris PDAed with Niarchos and table-danced wearing a huge ring—which could have been the rock Latsis gave her in June.


Three of PEOPLE’S Sexiest tattooed dudes turned up with their leading ladies at the AMAs: Dave Navarro and Carmen Electra rang in their second-wedding anniversary that night. “After this we’re having dinner, and then we have some really fun private things planned,” Electra teased Insider on the way in. “We’ll play a game called ‘special places,’ ” added Navarro…. Former blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and wife Shanna Moakler already picked out a name for their daughter, due Dec. 24: Alabama. “It’s for the character in True Romance, our favorite movie,” says Shanna. …And at the TEEN PEOPLE bash, Good Charlotte’s Joel Madden said he’s “the biggest Shakira fan” to Shakira herself, as Hilary Duff looked on.

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