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Jennifer Lopez at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on May 19 and Adam Lambert at the 2012 VH1 Divas in L.A. on Dec. 16.
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By now you might've peeped all the killer 2013 Billboard Music Awards red carpet looks, but, HOMG, y'all, we need to talk about the performance outfits. We're straight-up astounded by all the sartorial realness we've seen onstage tonight, particularly from the likes of Ms. Jennifer Lopez. She BA-ROUGHT it in a fiery head-to-toe red ensemble while singing "Live It Up" alongside Pitbull. She sported The Blonds sequin red leotard with out-of-this-world feather sleeves and matching thigh-high studded peep-toe boots. For her beauty look, JLo wore straight dark blonde strands with piecey bangs, a smokey eye and nude lip. Halfway through her performance, though, we couldn't help but think her ensemble reminded us SO much of something we had seen before...

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Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber wears a ton of leather at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards.
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It should probably come as no surprise that Justin Bieber wore leather to the 2013 Billboard Music Awards. In fact, weeee can't really recall a time in the recent past when Biebs hasn't performed in SOME iteration of the luxe material. And sure, he's even been known to rep head-to-toe leather on occasion, but we're shining a major spotlight on The Biebs and his love of tanned hide NOW because that's pretty much ALL he wore tonight. He skipped the red carpet, but his grand entrance for a "Bieber Air"-themed performance of "Take You" was dripping with leather from his custom one-armed jacket to his extra tight drop-crotch trousers. We had barely stopped reeling from his mirrored Top Gun shades when Biebs returned to the stage to accept an award in ANOTHER all-leather look—this one a slightly unbuttoned baseball jersey and slightly baggier drop-crotch pants.

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Taylor Swift performing at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards.
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Taylor Swift may not actually be 22 anymore, but she's become the official ambassador of that oh-so-very fun and confusing early 20's age with her song of the same name. Tay performed "22" at the 2013 Billboard Awards tonight, and while we thought at first that she was wearing the tap shorts and tee that have become her go-to performance look as of late, our eagle eyes quickly realized that Taylor wasn't just looking like a cutie in her on-stage look. No, she was telling us something. Her bright blue baby-t, which she wore tight and tucked into her nautical shorts, featured a picture of a sparkly unicorn with a thought bubble. What do you think rainbow bright is thinking while adorning Swifty's tee? If you thought "HATERS GONNA HATE," and let's be real, you didn't, you would be right. "HATERS GONNA HATE," you guys! Any joke you could have made about Tay or her performance, well, failed, because she sees you.

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Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez performs at 2013 Billboard Music Awards.
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Talk about a change of pace! Earlier tonight, Selena Gomez hit the 2013 Billboard Music Awards red carpet in bright, neon, summery Atelier Versace—a vision of '90s raver steez updated for the step-and-repeat. For her performance, though, Selly opted for warm metallics and over-the-top glamour, swaddling herself in all-gold-everything from the tippy-top of her fashion bindi to the hem of her shimmering double-slit curtain skirt. Gomez performed her hit single "Come And Get It" in an ensemble we're affectionately referring to as "Bollywood meets that one Princess Leia outfit courtesy of Jabba The Hut *WINK*, also Barbarella"—point being, girl looked HOTT (two Ts very necessary).

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Grimes and Angel Haze perform at last night's Versus Versace event in New York City.
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When Donatella Versace decides to throw a party, this is a lady who definitely doesn't do things halfway—she goes big, and last night's New York City bash was no exception. Held in celebration of the Italian label's Versus Versace collection and new capsule line with Brit design hotshot JW Anderson, the fête was cool enough to give pretty much anyone a massive case of FOMO. There were parading models in lots of leather and even some dudes in crop tops, but you know what's even more eye-popping than THAT? Grimes and Angel Haze in their amazing performance outfits, obviously. Donatella's a lady who definitely loves her musicians (hi, Lady Gaga!), so it's no surprise that she has her ear tuned into the latest crop of superstars. Grimes cranked up the glamour in a glittery granite-hued skirt and a top adorned with Versace's trademark lion logo, but kept things grounded—literally—with black combat boots. Then there's Angel, who proved that she really does run New York dressed in an oversized button-up splashed with blingy gold prints. The two artists' performance outfits may have been on opposite ends of the fashion spectrum, but they DID have one thing in common: each girl showed off Versace's signature medallion necklace with her look.

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Katy Perry and Mick Jagger performing "Beast Of Burden" in Las Vegas.
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Katy Perry has played all of the biggest stages in the world, has performed for the President, and a whole host of other things that would make us quake in our boots with terror, but we'd be willing to wager that she still gets a touch butterflies before a REALLY big show. OK so maybe she has her game face down pat (there wasn't a hint of stage fright in her pre-show ritual as shown in her Part Of Me doc), but singing a duet with the Rolling Stones? If Katy didn't get a little nervous, she might just be a robot. The singer joined Mick and Keith on stage at their Las Vegas tour stop, and brought that rock star somethin' somethin' in an all-leather bustier and mini skirt combo. Holding her own singing the Stones' classic "Beast Of Burden," Katy's down-to-there sweetheart neckline bustier, with thick ties up the front, and a bright print on the skirt, was classic KP, with a definite old school rock twist.

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Hayley Williams

Hayley Williams at the Radio 104.5 Birthday Show this weekend.
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Anyone who's seen her all-orange MAC makeup collab already knows that Hayley Williams is a TOTAL daredevil when it comes to her onstage performance makeup. If you ask us, the flame-haired singer is one of the few people in the world who can rock bright coral eyeshadow and tangerine lipstick—together!—and not look like she got ready in the dark. In fact, she manages to look, well, unexpectedly awesome?! But leave it to the Paramore frontwoman to push the beauty boundaries yet again this weekend, swapping classic makeup go-tos like winged eyeliner for smudgy paint splashed all over her face and arms. During Paramore's epic performance at Radio 104.5's birthday show in New Jersey, it's honestly hard to tell which was more attention-grabbing: the band's high-flying rendition of "Misery Business," or Hayley's bright blue face paint across her eyes. Who knows, she might be taking cues from previous face paint offenders like Lady Gaga or Ke$ha or even classic icons like David Bowie, but Hayley's clearly owning the look herself.

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Rihanna performing in custom Riccardo Tisci on the Diamonds World Tour.
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Last night, Maud and I had the pleasure of seeing Rihanna in Brooklyn for the New York stop on her sold-out Diamonds World Tour. Actually, the show was supposed to be on Saturday but there was some scheduling kerfuffle involving The Nets and that's pretty much where my knowledge and interests end because I know ZERO about all sports outside of competitive eating. Anyway, as you know, we've been covering the DWT extensively, as well as the incredible performance outfits dreamt up by her genius styling team Adam Selman and Mel Ottenberg, so here are our collective thoughts on Rihanna's DWT togs IRL. Warning: be prepared for a DEPRESSING amount of envy given the all-custom-everything nature of the clothes that are displayed on the borg-perfect body of a bajillionaire.

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on the 2013 Met Gala red carpet, and Kanye performing at the event.
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Thank you, Kanye West, for offering up new music in as rarefied a setting as the 2013 Met Gala, but thank you more to whomever created Vine for allowing the rest of us to revel in all of the performance's sparkly, masked, screaming glory. Although it's a bit of a bummer that the ultra famous, like A-Trak and Coco Rocha, had to be our conduits to the great and powerful Yeezy, it's true when they say that beggars can't be choosers. (please, Ye, may we have some more?) There are so many things about this performance we need to discuss, it seems possible that by the time we're done unpacking every leathery, iridescent aspect of it, it will be June 18th and whatever mystery Ye has in store for us will be revealed. The kilt! The mask! The gloves! The glitter! I have to admit, I kind of thought Kanye would keep the fashions toned down for the performance, instead letting the mere weight of his presence carry the show, but come on, what was I thinking? He walked the carpet in impeccably tailored Riccardo Tisci, sans tie, with (all due respect) baby-mama Kim Kardashian, also in Tisci, on his arm. But on an evening where everyone was looking for subversion, and any little off-kilter detail added to the eventually-infuriating Möbius strip of is-being-punk-at-the-punk-party-punk-or-is-not-being-punk-at-the-punk-party-punk, Kanye was just his regular old over-the-top self. How punk.

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One Direction

One Direction wearing all orange on stage in Amsterdam.
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We don't know about you, but we're pretty sure it's a very rare thing for concerts to have a dress code—let alone for an artist to send out a public blast specifying a color palette for his or her audience's wardrobe. And yet, we're definitely not surprised that the dudes of One Direction (a.k.a. the KINGS of color coordination) did exactly that this weekend. Earlier this week, the boy band's official Twitter (along with the dudes' individual accounts) sent out pleas for their Dutch Directioners to come to the Amsterdam show Friday night clad in ORANGE.


Dispatched with the hashtag #turnziggoorange, their message was seen and recirculated all last week in anticipation of the show. What's more, show-goers were promised a surprise if they helped turn the arena tangerine. What, pray tell, ended up being the reward? All of 1D clad in HEAD-TO-TOE bright orange suits!!!

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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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