Miley Cyrus performs "We Can't Stop" and "Wrecking Ball" at the 2013 MTV EMAs.
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Beam me up, Miley! Miley Cyrus opened the 2013 MTV EMA by descending from outer space in a caged UFO contraption. The spherical spacecraft (which actually came from the Ziggo Dome ceiling, not space) spewed smoke and glowed with red and blue neon lights as Miley and her little lady co-pilot landed on stage. After they detached from their oxygen tubes and astronautical helmets (#spacesafety because we've all seen Gravity by now), Miley left the comfort of her in-flight leather barcalounger and immediately got to twerking with darkly-shrouded, disc-headed aliens to the tune of "We Can't Stop."


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Katy Perry performing at the 2013 EMAs in Amsterdam.
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Katy Perry's 2013 MTV EMA performance of "Unconditionally" included two looks: human maypole and suit of mirrors. Katy kicked off the performance covered in strips of purple, blue, and pink cloth, which the dancers below her intertwined. The result was, essentially, a brightly colored cocoon. Katy then shed the cocoon to emerge as a mirror-encrusted butterfly, and once she was free of acting as the pole for the #latepass May Day celebrants below her, she began floating through Amsterdam's Ziggo Dome, reflecting light.


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The MTV EMA have been host to some amazing fashion, from Selena Gomez's parade of host outfits to Lady Gaga's Paco Rabanne moment to a slew of other memorable performance looks, and tonight's Amsterdam red carpet was no exception. Here are our favorite 2013 MTV EMA looks from the step-and-repeat!


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Iggy Azalea at the 2013 MTV EMAs.
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Talk about a knockout! Iggy Azalea is slaying it in all directions with this Dilek Hanif Couture gown from the Turkish designer's Spring 2011 collection. (Side bar: exactly how many years have to pass before you can consider something "vintage"?) That asymmetrical neckline. Those side cut-outs. The red platform accent heels. THOSE MASSIVE NAVEL-HIGH SLITS. *pauses to catch breath* Also, a little P.S.A. from us and The New Classic herself: she is, in fact, wearing underwear.


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Harry Styles won the 2013 MTV EMA for "Best Look," going up against Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Rita Ora. We weren't at all surprised by Harry's win because, well, DUH. Let's take a look at what helped him pull off this win, shall we?


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Harry Styles loves bold prints.
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Harry is pretty consistent pants-wise (hullo, ripped black jeans), but shirt-wise, he isn't afraid to dabble in prints. In fact, he likes that Burberry heart print so much he wore it twice.


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Miley Cyrus at the 2013 EMAs.
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While it's no RedFoo-inspired Speedo, Miley Cyrus' 2013 MTV EMAs red carpet ensemble is just as head-turning. Miley took a new spin on those throwback '90s photo screenprint t-shirts she's been known to rep, turning what was likely an East-meets-West The Notorious B.I.G. and 2Pac tee into a halter neck dress.


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Psy performs "Gagnam Style" at the 2012 EMA.
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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.


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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.

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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*


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Muse performing at the 2012 EMA on Nov. 11.
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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!


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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!


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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!


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Taylor's sweet pink-lipped beauty look at the 2012 EMA.
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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.


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I love these two as a couple. What a festive way to celebrate two important events in their life. Mariah looks like a dream.

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