Psy performs "Gagnam Style" at the 2012 EMA.
The 2012 MTV EMA aired late last night on MTV2, but some of our fave performances weren't included in the US broadcast. Have no fear, though, because we have the performances you've seen AND all of the ones that you haven't yet, along with the AMAZING performance looks that went with them. While all of the performances were totally awesome, we had to narrow it down to our five faves. It was a challenging task, but in the end, Taylor Swift, Psy, Carly Rae Jepsen, Rita Ora, and Gwen Stefani reigned as our performance style faves. With looks ranging from the theatrical to the sultry, all of last night's performers brought it in a major way. Let's take a look at their performance style, shall we?
First up, Korean mega-star Psy performed his hit "Gagnam Style" in a sequined top that simultaneously reminded us of Michael Jackson's glittering performance looks during the "Billie Jean" era and something straight out of Star Trek. With a bright blue lapel and cuff details popping against pure black sparkle, Psy looked every bit the super star backed by his army of dancers. He finished the look with some excellently tailored trousers and classic black, classic white wingtips and, of course, a slick pair of shades. Check out the full performance video, as well as the rest of out favorite looks, after the jump.
By now we've already obsessed over our favorite EMA red carpet ensembles and peeped all the killer performance outfits, but there's still oneeee last thing we need to discuss—the nail art! Rita Ora, Heidi Klum, and Pixie Geldof all sported badass manis that matched their ensembles so perfectly we just HAD to get a closer look.
Rita Ora at the 2012 MTV EMA in Frankfurt am Main, Germany on Nov. 11.
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Rita sported an intricate fire-engine red Marchesa layered taffeta gown complete with crimson lace all across the top. Her nail art was a dead-on replica of her dress and featured a detailed red flourish design over a translucent base (just like her top!) with accents of gold (just like her jewelry!) for a mani we MUST have in our lives ASAP. *drools*
Muse performing at the 2012 EMA on Nov. 11.
Even though the 2012 EMA were jam-packed with killer performances (tune in tonight at 11/10c on MTV2 to watch it all go down!), we have to say there was one onstage ensemble that really stood out to us on the style team—and nope, it wasn't worn by Taylor Swift, Gwen Stefani, or even Rita Ora—it was sported by *drum roll* the lead singer of Muse! I know, I know. We never really talk about the British rock band's on-point style, but when we peeped frontman Matthew Bellamy's insane LCD glasses, we had to discuss IMMEDIATELY. We were not only blown away by his tiny lyrical screen shades, but that, um, haiii, it was totally an homage to one of the most iconic ladies in fashion, Ms. Lady Gaga!
Tonight's 2012 EMA red carpet was ALL about branching out of one's fashion comfort zone. Whether it's Rita Ora trading jumpsuits for a floor-length dress, Taylor Swift opting for a super-sleek gown (sans red lipstick!) or Carly Rae Jepsen taking Old Hollywood glamour to the next level, these ladies pulled out all the style stops tonight in Frankfurt. Those watching stateside have to wait a few hours in order to see the action go down on TV, but we've got your EMA fashion preview right here. Check out our top five looks below!
LANA DEL REY IN SHAREEN
Lana Del Rey at the 2012 Europe Music Awards.
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Lana Del Rey has built her entire career on her retro-inspired sound, so it's only appropriate the singer rocked an equally old-school look at tonight's Europe Music Awards. Keeping things simple in a vintage-inspired midnight blue satin wrap dress by Shareen and black pumps, H&M's newest face styled her jet-black hair into her trademark bouffant for a grownup look that's not boring, not over the top, but JUST right. Well done, Lana!
Taylor's sweet pink-lipped beauty look at the 2012 EMA.
We've come to think of Taylor Swift as THE expert when it comes to showing the versatility of a bold red lip and smoky cat eye. Whether paired with a casual sweater and cat flats, a cute a-line dress, or with a full-on red carpet look, Tay's typical beauty game as become something of a constant in our lives. This is why, when the first photos of her on the 2012 MTV EMA appeared, we actually did a double take, asking each other if it could be true. Did Taylor Swift skip her signature rouge pout in favor of, *gasp* pink? It would appear so! While her petal pink pout was certainly a surprise, it was a lovely one, and matched the clean lines of her subtle smoky eye perfectly. There's something about a plain lip and flawless, not too dramatic eye that just screams elegance, right? Paired with soft, voluminous waves in her honey blonde hair, Taylor looked every bit the classic beauty. Context is everything, though, and what really set the look over the top was how well it went with Taylor's amazing dress.
Rita Ora at the 2012 EMA and Rihanna at the 2010 American Music Awards.
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We ALL know that Taylor Swift pretty much has the red shade ON LOCK lately, but tonight it's Rita Ora who's rocking the fiery hue at the 2012 MTV EMA. Hot on the heels of her adorable new video for "Shine Ya Light," the singer hit the red carpet in Frankfurt wearing a bright cherry-colored gown by Marchesa. It miiiight not be the only time Rita wears red tonight (hint: tune in for her performance later!), BUT this statement-making dress is definitely worth talking about right this second. With a floral embellished nude top and a voluminous long skirt, the look is yet another style departure for the pop star, who's been trading her signature sneakers for heels recently. However, she's not the first one to sport this long-sleeved, floral, and full-skirt combination...is it just us, or does this outfit totally remind you of Rihanna's 2010 American Music Awards dress?!
Carly Rae Jepsen, Alicia Keys, and Lana Del Rey at the 2012 MTV EMA in Frankfurt am Main, Germany on Nov. 11.
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Ahhh, the 2012 EMA are officially here! Our fashion-y faves—including everyone from Carly Rae Jepsen to Alicia Keys to Lana Del Rey—are strutting their stuff down the EMA red carpet, and (lucky for you!) we've got ALL the deets. We can't WAIT to see host Heidi Klum's numerous outfit changes and, OMG, what will Rita Ora wear during her performance? Eee! Only time will tell, but until then, check out our extensive photo gallery below (which we're constantly updating!), and tune into the show tonight at 11/10c on MTV2!
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Katy Perry and Jeremy Scott at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 on Nov. 6, 2011, in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
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If you already peeped all the crazy haps that went down on the 2011 EMA red carpet last night (which, duh, you did, because you are SO LOYAL like that), you'd know that Katy Perry stunned in a pretty in pink rockabilly-inspired ensemble! She sported retro hot pink curls with a Jeremy Scott sunglasses print body-con dress, studded cotton candy pink leather jacket, smiley face button earrings, teal green eyeliner, and Jeremy Scott platform saddle shoes (WANT!). Not only do we LOVE the fact that KP is repping some key pieces from Jeremy Scott's Spring 2012 collection, but we think Ms. Perry and Jeremy are, like, BFFs. Not just friends, but BESTIES. We peeped these UH-DORABLE shots of them hanging out backstage, and we kiiinnnddd of can't handle one of our fave singers hanging with one of our favorite designers without feeling a little teary eyed and filled with overwhelming joy. Jeremy Scott is ALSO sporting one of his spring 2012 looks—THE gold cow print tassel moto jacket ensemble from the collection! Go ahead. Let your heart be lifted and peep more photos of these two cuties.
Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber each perform onstage during the 2011 MTV EMA on Nov. 6, 2011.
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Despite the tumultuous relationship-testing events of late, we here at MTV Style have the utmost faith in America's wonder couple-behbehs: Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber. Though not photographed together AT the 2011 EMA last night in Belfast, they were seen holding hands en route to a dinner after the big event for which Sel played host. Biebs let his girl shine on her own on her big day, as the duo played up their divergent personal styles more rather than going H.A.M. with the matchy-poo-ness à la black on black on black at the 2011 VMAs. Both performers in their own right, Selena and Justin both took to the stage during the award show, each clad in signature personal steeze.
As is customary, nay expected of Miss Gomez, girl was decked out in sequins to the eyeballs. Sel wore the long-sleeved shimmering purple number, in all its hot pants glory, with a pair of deliciously suede black knee-high boots and her hair in a soft half-up-half-down 'do—a kind of Nancy Sinatra meets glam-rock look that we're totally loving. The Biebs, on the other hand, went way futuristic with bold white details, hard lines, and more of that leather badassery we're seeing him wield lately. Hardly a stationary performer, Bieber's performance ensemble was optimized for movement with easy fit separates like black jeans, sneakers, and this seemingly Keith Haring-inspired jacket.
Hostess Selena Gomez attends the 2011 MTV EMA on Nov. 6, 2011, in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
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Sigh. Isn't she LOVELY? If you had any doubt in your mind that Selena Gomez wasn't an absolute dynamo, look no further than the incredible hosting job that the double-threat positively NAILED at the 2011 EMA in Belfast. She stunned on the "pink carpet" in a white, feather-filigree, Marchesa confection and flitted effortlessly between a retro '70s backless, red sequined onesie to high-waisted sailor shorts and a pique polo to drive a golf ball into the crowd, shimmied into a purple romper, set fire to the stage in a blaze of pyro and a printed maxi skirt and. So. Much. More.
Dizzying really. Let's gallivant through all NINE ensembles and count the very many ways in which Justin Bieber is a SUPER lucky dude...