MC Hammer, PSY

MC Hammer and PSY at the 2012 American Music Awards.
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PSY and his earwormy "Gangnam Style" have snowballed into a full-blown pop phenomenon. From SNL to in-flight entertainment to parody videos to awards show performances, the dude and his giddy-upping, mean-mugging moves are pretty much everywhere. Also, those statement shades and spectator wing-tips. And yet, given its near-omnipresence, we're still not tired of it. PSY's schtick continues to be fun and catchy and sosoSO unbelievably entertaining EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. without much changing. Well, believe it or not, the 2012 American Music Awards did us one even better tonight and gave us something we didn't realize we needed in our lives. PSY + MC Hammer wearing *drumrolllllll* Hammer pants. *GIGANTIC AUDIBLE GASP* Billowy, heavily draped, black-and-white, tuxedo-striped, inspired by harem pants but because they're worn by Mr. Stanley Burrell, they are HAMMER PANTS.

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Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber wears black, red, and drop-crotch pants at the 2012 American Music Awards.
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Justin Bieber set pretty high style standards for himself with last year's AMA triple outfit tally, and while nothing will exactly rival the fact that dude switched his hair up THRICE in one awards show (without wigs!!!), Bieber's 2012 American Music Awards looks were simple and streamlined — an important and deliberate move for an artist aiming to define himself as more than just a teen idol. Before raking in a grand total of three AMA statues tonight (including coveted Artist of the Year honors), The Biebs hit the red carpet in an ALMOST all-black ensemble.

Justin was murdered out from head-to-ankle in modified clubmaster shades, a grandpa cardigan, a wet-look tank top, and black dress socks tucked into quilted drop-crotch sweatpants. Yep. QUILTED. DROP-CROTCH. SWEATPANTS. He gave the outfit a pop of color via red smoking slippers covered in black spikes and finished it off with one final red carpet accent piece: an icy single-strand chain. Bieber performed a two-song set for the 40th anniversary show in an outfit that kept many elements from his step-and-repeat look, namely the tank, the color scheme, and the *achem* abbreviated inseam.

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Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift at the 2012 American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Nov. 18.
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After strutting the 2012 American Music Awards red carpet glowing in gold, locks swept back in a smooth chignon, Taylor Swift let her hair down for her onstage performance of "I Knew You Were Trouble." Appearing at the top of a grandiose staircase (we admit we were a little hopeful for some "Love Story" deja vu), the Favorite Female Country Artist looked beautiful in a delicate white dress with a sheer and embroidered bodice. She also kept her beauty game simple and sweet, missing that bold red pout she's been sporting while promoting her newest album, Red. But we know our girl, and as amazing as she looked, we figured she had a trick up her sleeve.

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Lady Gaga Versace

Donatella Versace and Lady Gaga cemented their BFF status last month in Milan.
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Best friends do everything together, right? So if you're Lady Gaga and Donatella Versace, that means posing with pets on balconies, matching your hair color to THE perfect shade of Barbie blonde, and sharing clothes- yes, even really, really rare ones. But now these two have officially taken their bestie status to an epic new level with some seriously awesome breaking news: we hear that the Italian designer would be making Gaga's Born This Way wardrobe for the ENTIRE American leg of her tour! (Commence official freak out now.) Lady Gaga blasted the announcement out via Facebook and Twitter just mere hours ago, calling her upcoming outfits a "face-lift for America." We'll say!

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Rihanna performed on 'SNL' this weekend.
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SNL has always been our go-to excuse to spend Saturday night on the couch, but last weekend's guest stars were epic enough to cancel ALL our plans and make a date with the TV. Along with host Anne Hathaway, our girl Rihanna made a cameo on the show- her second this year!- commanding the stage with performances of "Diamonds" and a new track "Stay." Her tripped-out '90s backdrop affirms what we already know: Rihanna's NEVER been one to do things halfway. So along with her screensaver-esque set, she totally upped the fashion ante as well in two ridiculously killer outfits. The pop star still took streetwear influence this time around, but ditched her over-the-knee boots and big tees from her last appearance for statement graphic prints. Proving that you can never have too much camo, RiRi rocked a spaghetti strap camo dress custom made by Adam Selman (yep, the same guy responsible for those Victoria's Secret ensembles). She paired it with a camouflage jacket by Carhartt, which you can score for yourself here. Topped off with classic Timberland boots, the result is TOTAL A/V overload, and obviously we love it.

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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?

PSY

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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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!

LANA DEL REY IN SHAREEN

Lana Del Rey

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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Rihanna at last night's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.
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The Nor'easter storm may have hit the East Coast last night, but the snow didn't stop supes like Joan Smalls, Karlie Kloss, Adriana Lima, Miranda Kerr and more from stripping down to their skivvies at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. While the models were busy flaunting their killer bods (#jealous), Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and Bruno Mars added even MORE eye candy to the mix with performances guaranteed to explode our fash-music minds. RiRi showed up to the event in a Miu Miu cropped silk tank and pencil skirt from the Spring 2013 collection-fresh off the runway!- but it wasn't before long before she switched into her second outfit for the night. Clearly inspired by the whole lingerie theme, Rihanna hit the stage to perform “Diamonds” in a drapey black corset and a custom-made asymmetric hem skirt by designer Adam Selman. Before we go on any further, we MUST pause for a moment and discuss that sky-high slit and garter tights. Even surrounded by supermodels, RiRi can clearly hold her OWN! She topped off the steamy ensemble with ladylike touches like Chanel pearl sunglasses, a vintage 5-row pearl choker and lacy gloves. After the show she tweeted, "#LEGITmodelSh*t I'm a #VS girl now lol." Um, YEAH.

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Taylor Swift at the 2012 CMAs.
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Just putting it out there, Taylor Swift MUST have superhuman powers or something. Besides selling a record-breaking 1.2 million copies of her new album Red in its very first week, she manages to head straight from a whirlwind promo tour in NYC back home to Nashville for the Country Music Awards. Whew! We're tired just thinking about it. And the biggest (although not that surprising) accomplishment? Even with a crazed schedule like this one, she still looks gorgeous. For several weeks now Taylor's been driving her Red message home with—what else?—a closet full of red clothing. The CMA Awards last night proved no different, as the pop star worked not just one but two different cherry-hued dresses on the carpet and onstage.

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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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