VMA Style: From Wow to What the...?

Miley's plunging gown! Taylor's fierce pantsuit! Rihanna's white-hot design! See the stars' head-turning styles on the famously wild VMA red carpet

01 of 14

MILEY CYRUS

MILEY CYRUS
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StyleWatch readers may not be loving her short cut, but Miley is living it up, going for a There's Something About Mary look to complement her sheer-paneled, plunging black Emilio Pucci gown, Edie Parker clutch and Lorraine Schwartz jewels. Fun fact: The singer relaunched her website today!

02 of 14

RIHANNA

RIHANNA
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Her pixie cut is real – and it's fabulous! Rihanna debuts her adorable new do to great effect in a sleek, gathered white gown, bold red lips and strappy sandals.

03 of 14

TAYLOR SWIFT

TAYLOR SWIFT
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An awards show where Taylor isn't decked out in a sparkly dress? Be still, our hearts! The singer stuns in a sleek white J. Mendel pantsuit, dramatic dazzling Ofira earrings and a Lorraine Schwartz ring, plus classic red lips.

04 of 14

KATY PERRY

KATY PERRY
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In a departure from her usual VMA ensembles (think short, tight and Technicolor), the pop singer hits the carpet (and presents an award to One Direction) in a portrait-neckline floral Elie Saab gown with a train, Jimmy Choo pumps, a Sethi Couture ring and long, loose waves.

05 of 14

NICKI MINAJ

NICKI MINAJ
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You think this racy red-trimmed lace bodysuit, studded pumps and neon wig is outrageous? You should see what she wore last year!

06 of 14

ZOË SALDANA

ZOË SALDANA
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Though the star sure knows how to wear a gown, when you've got legs like hers, you'd want to live in minis too. She flaunts those enviable gams in a raw-edged, baby-pink dress and strappy sandals (both by Salvatore Ferragamo), plus a curly faux bob.

07 of 14

EMMA WATSON

EMMA WATSON
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Continuing her reign as one of our top style crushes, the Perks of Being a Wallflower star looks fashion-forward in her mixed-print neon mini and lace-front heels, plus a Heidi-inspired braid.

08 of 14

DEMI LOVATO

DEMI LOVATO
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We wonder what X Factor judge Demi would have to say about singer Demi's performance outfit: a flowy, sequin mini, topped by a studded leather jacket and her newly very blonde locks.

09 of 14

ALICIA KEYS

ALICIA KEYS
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She's back in the gown stage of her fashion evolution, wearing a one-shoulder, draped silver gown and asymmetrical do to match. She adds rings by Loree Rodkin and Misaki, plus Lynn Ban earrings.

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PINK

PINK
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The devoted mom treats herself to a night on the town – and shows off her killer post-baby bod – in a sheer, body-skimming gunmetal gown, Loree Rodkin jewels and her signature hair flip.

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THE FAB FIVE

THE FAB FIVE
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Olympic gymnastics gold medalists McKayla Maroney (wearing Erin by Erin Fetherston), Jordyn Wieber (wearing a BCBG Max Azria dress and EFFY Jewelry), Kyla Ross, soon-to-be-author Gabby Douglas (in BCBG Max Azria) and Aly Raisman look podium-ready at their first-ever awards show, totally nailing the cute outfit portion of the competition.

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KE$HA

KE$HA
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Wonder no longer about how Ke$ha picked her dress: "I wanted to look naked with some lace on my bits," she says. And, well, she succeeded! She adds Karma el Khalil earrings and ring, plus a Marie Todd ring, to her barely there ensemble.

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RITA ORA

RITA ORA
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Jay-Z's protégée stays true to her out-there fashion sense in a heavily embellished, custom Emilio Pucci, Christian Louboutin heels, Alex Woo necklaces and a super-sparkly Jimmy Choo clutch (which she revealed has a blowtorch and Tabasco sauce inside, naturally).

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AMBER ROSE

AMBER ROSE
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Perhaps taking a cue from last year's celebrity pregnancy reveal, the model, with boyfriend Wiz Khalifa by her side, confirmed her happy baby news in a revealing Furne 1 lace-embellished turtleneck gown and Neil Lane jewels.

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